In the previous post about Global Warming I meant the Arctic not Antarctica. I think I wrote Antarctica because it’s been on my mind. As the polar ice caps melt, it is the melting over the Arctic and Greenland that will cause the dramatic shift in the global shoreline. But the issue of Antarctica isn’t discussed much. From what I’ve read there have been huge changes in the ice down there. I suppose Antarctica is also more difficult to study because there is no land base which will ultimately make it more and more dangerous to observe if things keep escalating at the exponential rate they have been, far beyond scientists wildest expectations.
In the late 1980s throughout the 1990s I kept having dreams and visions of a post-apocolyptic world which is what inspired Americhrist. In the dreams there was a small group of people who had survived and they lived in a rain forest, under the canopy but on a system of platforms. It was pretty much the opposite vision given by the Mad Max films. I never got much from the visions except that the people were OK, peaceful and waiting things out. I wasn’t sure if I should be re-assured by these visions or terrified as it was my feeling that this was the only pocket of human life left on earth for perhaps thousands of years before the earth healed and we started spreading out again.
So when an article came out in US News about what was still supposed to be just a theory of Global Warming, in the late 1990s (according to the media) I felt impelled to write the book because I knew George W. (oil man) was going to win despite every ounce of logic that would have dictated the opposite. I wanted desperately for this not to be true, ran God knows how many charts and what I always came to was George W. would ultimately win the office but that Al Gore would actually win the election. This made no sense to me. But I thought back to our electoral college and thought perhaps Gore would win the popular vote and Bush the electoral, which of course would determine who took office.
But it looked weirder than that and it felt like there was going to be some serious malfeasance, perhaps even a sort of coo. It was too much and it really started making me irrationally angry. I knew the Neocons would find a way around the system by infiltrating it and we would come as close to losing our Democracy as anyone in the last hundred years has. Since Reagan I felt this brewing. I think a lot of people did and many of us had lost such hope in our system we didn’t actually believe this time around Obama could win because our Democracy was broken.
I point this out now because it’s like a half-remembered dream. And the only way to insure our great Democracy is to keep our voices as loud, clear and reasoned as we can above the din of the small crazy minority of self-centered, hypocritical blow hards who take up too much band with on TV and Radio with their nonsense. There are some major issues coming up that we have to participate in like Global Warming and Universal Health-care. We can’t afford to be complacent ever again.
The last 30 years has shown us what apathy can do. It is a disease that erodes the moral fabric of a country. We can no longer say, “that could never happen here,” we have seen first hand that it does and will again if we don’t keep the psychopaths and greedy thieves (or as some call them Neocons strategists and captains of industry) in their place with laws, you know the “rule of law,” they all kept going on about when the Supreme Court handed them the presidency back in 2000 until of course that “rule of law” meant they had to pay their fair share of taxes or not torture people or disallowed listening in on private Americans’ phone calls or gave women choice and control of their bodies or, you know, any law they didn’t like. Let’s not forget how horrible the previous 8 years were. And lets all thank goodness that we have the chance now to set our country back on track.
Don’t forget to keep your voices heard.
I have no idea what inspired that but maybe it will make sense in the next week or so.
Best wishes and many blessings to all you good, kind people,
P.S. And I think we are seeing the death rattle of the Republican Party unless they do a doughnut and spin a 180 out of their ideological parking lot. Otherwise I predict a 3rd party will rise up and squash them. They’ll go the way of the Whigs.
In 1999 I Had A Premonition…
In 1999 I had a premonition about the election and global warming. At the time conservatives were still trying to argue it wasn’t happening. I looked at the charts of both Bush and Al Gore and it looked like they were both going to win. I finally came to the bizarre conclusion that Gore would win the popular vote and Bush the white house (as this has on rare occasions happened in our history). I won’t get into all the stuff that I ended up predicting at that time that came to pass, except to say, I got very scared.
I had a premonition of a post-apocalyptic world that wasn’t like Mad Max or some nuclear melt down or war. It was a slow, painful death of our world via global warming (In my vision we didn’t end in a bang, we eroded away without much notice). In 1999 before the election was settled, I decided to write a novel based on a series of premonitions (of course there’s also a story in the novel that’s fictional). I knew Bush would take the white house and the oil companies would run wild.
I read the first draft to my writer’s group who all told me what an imagination I had. How had I come up with this stuff? Well, easy, besides being precognitive, I saw the writing on the wall and used extrapolation, and to some degree humorous hyperbole to make my point.
To make a long story short. I finished that book, won a literary prize, only to be told that speculative fiction and science fiction were dead (other than Fantasy and Space Opera) and although the multitude of interested agents who read it, said it was well written and they liked it, ultimately they couldn’t sell it.
Of course, like all things. I’m usually out of step with time, so this didn’t really surprise me. But as my mother used to say, “keep something long enough and it will come into fashion.” So maybe now we’re approaching the time for speculative fiction. Perhaps people will want more than just entertainment, they will want substance, extrapolation, clarity about their world and evaluative thought in their literature. Hey, it’s worth a shot.
Because this novel is so prescient and it dovetails so well with the issues and insight on my blog I’ve decided to publish a chapter a week. The themes are global warming, the US becoming a corporate Theocracy, spirituality and so many other fun things. Actually there is (in my opinion) a lot of humor in the book especially the further in you go. But I’ll let you be the judge.
Other than polishing, I have changed nothing about the original concept or story. So when reading it, you’ll see many bizarre correlations to the present and recent past. But these were written nearly ten years prior.
Next week I’ll post chapter one. In the mean time I’ll figure out a way post the book in an unobtrusive way for those of you who are not interested in this side of my work.
I will post more stock info tomorrow. I’ve been swamped with reader’s questions about this. I’ll try to get to everyone ASAP!
Best wishes to you all and good luck.