I love reading and watching dystopic fiction. One of my favorite shows is the 100, because of the dystopic future and how the characters try to survive against the odds, and recently I finished reading a trilogy of books set in a futuristic Earth that has become an ice world.
I also enjoy writing dystopic fiction. The book I’m currently writing is The Zombie Apocalypse Call Center and its set in a world where a zombie apocalypse is happening, and there’s a call support center that is supposed to help customers survive the zombie apocalypse. It’s a fun novel to write and I look forward to sharing it with you.
But as much I enjoy dystopic fiction I wouldn’t want to live in a dystopic future (or present for that matter). We take for granted our own living situation, especially if we live in the first world where we have access to running water, electricity, and all the other things that give us the lifestyle we have. But I sometimes wonder how long we would survive if something changed.
In one of my favorite series, the Emberverse, by S. M. Stirling, the world suddenly loses access to electricity and within a short time the world population significantly decreases, because without the technology, the means of sustaining the lifestyle that many people have is impossible without the technology.
Then there’s the survival skills you need to know. You need to know how to hunt, how to farm, and how to do a variety of other skills that many of us probably don’t think about because in our modern world, its taken for granted how food gets onto our tables or how any number of other things are done.
We’ve got it pretty easy…and while its fun to imagine a dystopic world and write about it, I wouldn’t want to live in one.
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