The structures that used to make us feel safe at night are rapidly coming apart: the old icons of business and commerce toppling; environmental integrity disintegrating.
Perhaps the only sane way of responding to our multiple environmental and political crises is to create. But create what, exactly?
Well, there’s a reason why vampire and dystopian novels are the current worldwide bestsellers.
I respond to this evolutionary angst through making fictions – fictions that depict the shadow reality of a world falling to pieces. Fictions that offer fantastical responses to the current state of things, and maybe even give us hope in a tomorrow land.
Father of the atom bomb, Robert Oppenheimer, once famously said, “Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” His weapon was science. But I am the creator of worlds.
In the darklings of my imagination the science of magic is as real as your fingerprints, as real as DNA and snowflakes. This is where the old gods are reborn and walk the earth, where the shadow of magic falls heavily, even over the omnipotent gods of Science and Technology.
Critics may argue this is a form of escapism. Perhaps this is true, but how can we truly understand where things are headed unless we have the creative capacity to project our current course into the dark map of the future?
Alternative worlds give rise to revolutionary awareness, which in turn leads to change. By imagining something different I chart a path to where we must go.
This is a new world. The old gods are toppling from their lofty perches. But I will be the voice in the darkness that invents the world anew.
Image: Associated Press: 1971 photo of nuclear bomb detonated by French government in Polynesia.