In my Kickstarter campaign for my new book, “The Chronicles of the Upheavals” I said, “Name one book of speculative (“science”) fiction that provides a positive future for humanity – one that relies on human vision and initiative, not space aliens, impossible technologies or divine intervention. Name just one.”
Tom named three. He said:
Hi Shariff. Congratulations on getting your first volume out. I wish you the best on the next stages of the work. I’m curious to learn more about the story so will read the first book when I get it; if it fits my own sense of things, I will try to donate more.
Are you familiar with the positive future novels of Ursula LeGuin and Starhawk, and Miki Kashtan’s amazing stories in Reweaving Our Human Fabric ? There are others, too, but I was surprised by your sense that there is NO other such fiction.
In one way, he is correct. (In another way… I am! Stay tuned…) These are three of several writers who write from a point of view of a positive, inclusive future. (This is especially true for our mutual friend Miki Kashtan. Miki and I have influenced each other’s writing and thought over several years.)
Question: Are there others? Do you know books or movies that posit a positive pathway to a positive future? Let me know! (Reply to the online version, so that others can see your comments.)
PS: There’s more to this conversation with Tom, where he posits the concept of “backcasting”. Stay tuned…