Posts Tagged: Apocalypse

Staging A Beautiful Apocalypse

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Today is the birthday of one of my very favorite living writers, Samuel R. Delany.

(I spoke once here before about how I share with Junot Diaz an abiding love for Delany’s work.)

All it took for him to become my favorite was to read his legendary, mind-boggling and notorious sci-fi apocalyptic epic Dhalgren a few years back when I was living in an old Edwardian in the Sunset District of San Francisco and working for lawyers in the Lake Merritt District of Oakland.

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Even the Future Has Gone to Shit

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Over at TOR, Robert Charles Wilson compares ABC’s new Earth 2100 documentary to Disney’s 1955 program Man in Space in order to trace how our vision of the future has changed. 

Earth 2100 … is more dismaying than Man in Space, the way a cancer diagnosis is more dismaying than a clean bill of health.  What it tells us is that our civilization is teetering on the brink of unsustainability and collapse.  Earth 2100 presents a scenario that ends with major cities flooded or deserted and a global population decimated by starvation and disease.

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The Plans to Rebuild Civilization are Set in Stone and Waiting in Georgia

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ff_guidestones_fEconopocalypse. Swine flu. Arlen Specter becoming a Democrat. Ladies and gentlemen, it is only a matter of time before every 12 out of 13 of us are dead … and those who are left will be cold, hungry, and alone. Imagine sitting around a meager fire in the middle of a wasteland wondering “what now?” Some of us find the task of getting out of bed in the morning to be overwhelming, how will we pick ourselves’ up from the ashes of human destruction and help rebuild a better civilization than the one we just laid to rest?

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