Notes from An Alien

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Dystopia & Apocalypse ~ Two Seemingly Immortal Genres . . .

Spotted outside @Waterstones in Bloomsbury, London ~ from @For_the_Wynn ~

First some definitions:

Dystopia — “An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad , typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.”

Apocalypse — “An event involving destruction or damage on a catastrophic scale.”

Next, reference to my past post, Why Is There So Much Dystopian and Apocalyptic Fiction?

Then, a quote from that past post:

My short novel, Notes from An Alien (which can be bought but is still Free) begins dystopian, edges toward apocalyptic, then takes a few major turns to end up in places not initially imagined…

And, a link from that post: That Long, Rocky Road: Why Is Dystopian Fiction Evergreen?

I do hope you’ll go read the article at that last link; but, I want to go back to my novel, Notes from An Alien

Here’s some of the promotional copy:

Start with a 500-year Inter-World War.

Continue through ecological disaster and the decimation of populations.

Follow the institution of a Worlds’ government that helps bring a glimmer of hope.

Discover the challenges and failures of unifying three very different Worlds.

Explore what it takes to give birth to a lasting peace.

This is what reading “Notes from An Alien” promises.

And, this story could help Earth…

Notice the words “glimmer of hope”, “unifying”, and “lasting peace”?

Those words set Notes from An Alien apart from most Dystopian Apocalypses.

But, then, my particular brand of thinking can’t abide stories that are totally hopeless—my own personal story has been a never-ending battle to rid my inner life of the doom of psychological dystopia and emotional apocalypse

With that in mind (as well as the current political and social environments in most countries of the world), I’ll share something from an article in BrainPickingsA Responsibility to Light: An Illustrated Manifesto for Creative Resilience and the Artist’s Duty in Dark Times:

This is your assignment.

Feel all the things. Feel the hard things. The inexplicable things, the things that make you disavow humanity’s capacity for redemption. Feel all the maddening paradoxes. Feel overwhelmed, crazy. Feel uncertain. Feel angry. Feel afraid. Feel powerless. Feel frozen. And then FOCUS.

Pick up your pen. Pick up your paintbrush. Pick up your damn chin. Put your two calloused hands on the turntables, in the clay, on the strings. Get behind the camera. Look for that pinprick of light. Look for the truth (yes, it is a thing—it still exists.)

Focus on that light. Enlarge it. Reveal the fierce urgency of now. Reveal how shattered we are, how capable of being repaired. But don’t lament the break. Nothing new would be built if things were never broken. A wise man once said: there’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. Get after that light.

This is your assignment.

And, finally, a video from the magazine Aeon:

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3 responses to “Dystopia & Apocalypse ~ Two Seemingly Immortal Genres . . .

  1. juliecroundblog May 23, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Maybe because reading it makes us feel better about our lives. We don’t believe in Utopia or Dystopia but we admire those who strive for one and try to prevent the other. If we couldn’t imagine either what a dull place this world would be.


    • Alexander M Zoltai May 23, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Yes, Julie, that would make a dull world :-)


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