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Progenitor (The Earthside Trilogy, #1)
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Sherri Moorer (sherrithewriter) | 84 comments I don't know about you, but I'm hitting a wall on the dystopian vision of the future. I know reality is grim these days, but are we REALLY heading toward Earth's destruction? Humanity has had the ability to wipe out ourselves and the planet for decades, but we haven't done it yet. I'd like to think this means humanity has it in them to overcome our current challenges and actually do better. Or at least not to be idiots and actually pull the trigger on the "big bombs!"

The basis of my latest book is that humanity has succeeded in steps toward a better world, but are knocked over by something from beyond Earth. The premise is that it trouble usually comes from places where you aren't looking, and my future has drastically reduced the space program for the sake of advancements in technology and medical science. No doomsday asteroids or rogue planets, but rather other things "out there" coming to us.

I'm interested to know what readers and other writers think. How do you see our future? Not so long ago, it was environmental elements that were dominating our visions of the future. It was about saving the planet to save ourselves. Now, our fiction assumes that either the people, the planet, or both are going up in flames, and is about the survivors rebuilding humanity from the ashes. Is the dystopian turn in scifi a true reflection on how most people see Earth's future? Or will we face different challenges?

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Leonide Martin | 13 comments It's certainly refreshing to hear of your different vision of the future! I also am tired of dystopian stories, most of which cater to disillusioned YA who believe their forebears' actions have ruined the world for humanity. To me, the future could hold an evolution of human consciousness toward unity and enlightenment. Or, it might lead to a forced change of how humans live through celestial events causing drastic upheavals. Earth does have such a history. In any case, a major re-structuring of human consciousness in needed. Your book sounds interesting, I'll watch for it.

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