Three looming disasters

I like a good dystopian novel as much as anyone else, but I also have faith in society surviving disasters and believe that most people are fundamentally good ā€“ but not all.

In the summer of 2019 I was reading about some of the problems the world is facing. Then I started to speculate on what would happen after those disasters struck, assuming humanity survived. I have no desire to live through the disruption, trauma and deaths, but in the end I wondered if life might be in some ways simpler and less stressful. So I wrote Hope Island, set 100 years after the three disasters had struck. 

They’re hinted at in the novel, but not explained in detail. I now think each one is worthy of its own post. Let’s hope I’m wrong and they don’t happen.

These events are all quite likely to happen:
A pandemic flea-born encephalitis virus (this was pre Covid-19)
The collapse of the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet
A repeat of the Carrington Event of 1859

Published by Bruce Aiken

A maths and physics student who ran away to art college and has worked as a freelance creative ever since.

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