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Monday, March 31, 2014

From Spring to Dystopia



The sun is shining. Robins are digging for worms in my front yard. It’s Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers. The temp will hit the 60s today. It must be Spring. Finally.

After a winter that broke records for cold and snow, Spring is more welcome than ever. I can wash my parka and put it away until November. Right?

Wrong. The blizzard in the Dakotas will hit Michigan by the end of the week.

One of the best things about living in the Midwest is the change of seasons. We grouse about the cold and snow and about the time we’ve totally had it with winter, spring comes. After the heat and humidity of summer drain all our energy, the cool days of autumn tease us.

After the extremes of cold this winter, can we expect a cooler summer? Not according to those in the know. We’ll have extreme heat. Climate changes are affecting everyone around the world. Besides devastating lives, droughts and floods determine food availability and prices.

What does all this mean for our planet?

Writers of dystopian fiction imagine a desolate world that mankind destroyed. In other science fiction stories, writers explain why we ramped up space exploration—to find a “new” Earth. Think about the messages in Blade Runner, Elysium, The Hunger Games, The Matrix. We destroyed our world—not some alien invaders.

When I started this post, I just wanted to celebrate that Spring had finally come to Michigan. But look where that happy thought took me. It’s often the same when I start a new story. Since I don’t outline or plot, I never know where my imagination will take the story. I always know the beginning of the story and the end. Getting from the beginning to the end is an adventure for me as well as the characters.

Will science fiction come true? Maybe not in our lifetime. I hope we can figure out what we need to do to prevent a global catastrophe.

Meanwhile, I'm going to enjoy the warmth of this beautiful Spring day.

10 comments:

  1. Love your description of the different seasons. And, yes! Opening Day has arrived. But, your dire outlook on destroying our Earth kind of brought me down. :) You can send your blizzard to Oklahoma, I'm not ready for winter to be over, although I am very ready for baseball. Contradictory? Yep!

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  2. Isn't it weird how our minds work? I'm watching the Tigers' Opening Day right now. :)

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  3. I too thought we were headed to spring but just heard the news that a snowstorm will hit tonight in so California. Any drought relief we get is appreciated and I'm loving the sounds of the returning birds.

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    1. I could hear the birds if not for the sound of a bulldozer across the way digging out the foundation of a new house. Hope you get lots of snow to relieve the drought. Too bad we could have sent snow to you earlier this winter.

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  4. I put my boots away the other day, but more snow came anyway. I mean, really!!! It is great hearing the birds and seeing the sun stay out longer. I bought some spring outfits today, so it's just a matter of time...
    Sounds like your books are based on some pretty interesting subject matter, Diane! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hey, thanks, M.J. I didn't have any boots this winter. When I went to buy them, it was too late. Yikes!

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  5. Very interesting, Diane. I didn't know much about dystopian fiction or the Midwest. I enjoyed your blog.
    Marilyn Baron

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    1. Thanks, Marilyn. I guess dystopian fiction is very popular in YA or New Age. Frankly, I hope we're smart enough to prevent that kind of world. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. wow, sorry for you and more snow. I would take some though, we're still in drought conditions here in Texas. Supposed to be scattered storms next few days, hoping some rain actually makes it here. As for writing, I have to have at least a light outline or I would get hopelessly lost. :)

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    1. We had over 150 inches of snow and would gladly have shipped some to Texas & CA. What weird weather.

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