I have just been considering a trailer for programming on Radio 5 Live about the future, specifically what life may be like in 2035.
To write the future we have to consider the present and I'm sure writers such as Huxley and Orwell began from where they were at when they produced their futuristic novels.
So where do you start?
When I began considering producing a futuristic, dystopian novel I latched on to a set of facts and predictions that were current at the time. They were around the area of energy consumption and production and the possible long term result. Cessation is a possible future.
However, there are many possible starting points. You could begin with the current world political situation; the conflict with so-called Islamic State; or, the long term affects of global warming. These are just three scenarios that may inspire someone to write a futuristic story.
When setting off on this time travelling journey there are other side issues that may add meat to the bones.
what will cars be like in 2035?
What levels of surveillance of the public will exist?
How much climate control will you have in your home?
Will we be living in a police state?
Did the political system continue?
Do we still go out shopping or is everything delivered?
Has the idea of 'community' become obsolete?
I could go on but perhaps I should settle down and consider writing another futuristic novel myself? The beauty of such a project is that there are a plethora of ideas on which one could begin.
Cessation is available from all good book stores!
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.
This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.
Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.