Two days ago, I wrote about the Consequences of our actions, and how they are often more important than the initial actions themselves. Yesterday, I wrote about what makes humans Special, their ability to learn so much about our world and apply that knowledge to super-humanize ourselves.
Which means now it’s time to apply those lessons into Responsibility… or Onus.
(originally posted on SciFi Ideas)
Science Fiction loves the idea of terraforming… rebuilding a planet or moon to be more hospitable for human habitation. A term and concept (also known as geo-engineering) at least as old as the 1940s, it has become even more popular today, and has leaked into TV shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation and Firefly, as writers begin to realize how easy it can be to impact a biosphere. (We greatly impact our own biosphere every day, applying a concept we generally call pollution.)
Audi’s beautiful e-bike concept may be what the future of bicycling—and, indeed, most non-highway single person transportation—ought to be aspiring to: It gets people out of cars they don’t need to be pushing and buying so much gas for; it’s great for city and suburban use; it has built-in safety features; it still allows the rider to pedal if desired; but it also offers an electric motor that will take you at close to car-speeds wherever you need to go.
Take a good look at the bike (ignore the seat, for now) and you’ll see what I mean.
So, 2012 has now gone into the yearbooks as being another year when the world didn’t end! HAPPY NEW ERA! Silly, really… thinking that reaching the end of the Mayan “long-count” calendar meant there was no more… pretty much like thinking that reaching December 31st meant there would be no January 1st. Ah, me. (For more info about why the world didn’t end, check out this NASA video.)
So, now that we’ve gotten that foolish notion out of our heads (assuming you’re not still hung over from last night… and I can’t wait to see the pregnancy figures a few months from now), maybe we should start thinking about what we are going to do to make sure humanity reaches the end of this long-count calendar (which, by the way, will be December 21st, 7137).
I always develop most of a novel’s setting before I start writing it, and allow the writing process to flesh out a few cool details along the way. As I’m currently hip-deep in my next novel, currently known by the project name of Sarcology, I’ve written most of those fine details, and find myself working in an environment that I can picture in my mind as if I’ve actually just returned from visiting there. So I thought I would spell out a few details, to prepare you for the world of my upcoming novel.
Please enjoy an excerpt from Chasing the Light, a novel of the near future.
Chasing the Light is a “boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy returns to find girl and make his fortune” story, set in the United States of a very realistic near-tomorrow. The young lovers, Tom Everson and Doña Navarra, are forced apart due to circumstances beyond their control, and Tom risks everything to be reunited with Doña.
In fact, the story could be said to begin any day now, as it is kicked off by violent events caused by the energy crisis and the oil industry’s contentious activities to dominate the energy landscape.