When I wrote Worldfarm One, I expected parts of it would be controversial. I was writing about a time in the not-so-far future when the United States was no longer the superpower it once was; and its population was emigrating to other lands for better lives and jobs, only to be looked down upon by the nations they emigrated to. It should not only sound familiar, but it should set off whatever irony alarms the reader has at their disposal. I expected that some people—well, let’s be clear, U.S. citizens—would not be thrilled with the demotion of the United States on the world stage, and that I’d hear about it fairly quickly.
But owing to the incredible vagaries of life, what I got was almost completely different. And it boggles my mind, to this day.