description of my writing is Near Future Fiction. I love technology, and I also
believe social issues can be addressed in fiction, without compromising the
strength of the story or lowering the entertainment level of the work.
In his Listmania!List, Carlos Baez says Near Future Fiction writers "usually extrapolate
imaginatively from present trends." Since we are narrating stories that
take place sometime in the next one hundred years, they may include strange,
intriguing, and even frightening technologies and phenomena, but our worlds are
familiar in a way that makes the events in the stories feel immediate, and
social trends may include Monsanto and others lobbying congress for the ability
to obtain patents on human genetic sequences, it is still possible for us to
avoid the world of The Windup Girl, in which 'calorie companies' devastate the
global population through plagues caused by genetically enhanced, treatment
resistant, disease causing organisms.
In some ways,
Dystoopian Narratives are great metaphorical expressions of our fears. Stories
like The Hunger Games and Divergent open to worlds that are economically,
socially, and politically screwed up. There is also
typically the presumption that it’s been that way for a long time.
characters, the time before global catastrophe is a distant memory. This creates
chronological distance between our world and that of the book’s heroin, making
it easier for readers to live vicariously through these engaging characters, as
they stand up to fascist societies and battle despotic leaders.
Dystopian Science Fiction transports the reader into a completely different
world. One which is often far simpler than our own, in which seven percent
unemployment characterizes the same economy that also supports a booming stock
market, and selfies and twerking have been placed upon media shelves alongside
Duck Dynasty and a Whites only Santa Clause.
that our world is confusing, but to me it's also incredibly interesting.
Interesting in a way that can be entertaining, and enlightening. This is
evident in well written shows like Homeland and House of Cards.
Carrie Mathison and Francis Underwood inspire me to write The Hacker, BryceAnderson, Vanessa Stanton, and crazy Rafi. I hope you enjoy them and learn as
much as I have in creating them.
Henry L. Sullivan III