I Know How the World Ends.

I know, because I’ve seen it.  Millions of times in my mind.  All angles.  Some I came up with, some I read.  And yet I still think about it, about destroying the world.  About the Apocalypse or Armageddon, about Gehenna.  The End Times are upon us, what with global warming and economic instability.  How could I not?

As a writer, I love this stuff.  Its brain candy and the books available on the subject are plentiful.  So why do I write it?

I have  difficulty creating my own worlds.  By my own world, I mean someplace completely unique and without being totally derivative.  I much prefer working closer to home, with fractured versions of the world we know.  The infinite possibilities of tweaking the details.

Back in November I wrote a draft of a Dystopian tale set 300 years from now.  Lately my mind has returned to the world of Epsilon and Loft, only set much closer to the present.  My writer’s mind turns as I try and discern just exactly how the world got so fucked up.  The events 300 years in the past directly correlate to the events of the novel, and not knowing them made it difficult for me to write a compelling draft.

What happens if the government needs corporate financing?  Or finally gives into the interests of lobbyists?  What if in an attempt to break out of the new Depression, the United States winds up selling itself to the highest bidder?  What would life be like under a corporate state?  Instead of police we have armed mercenaries.  Civil rights are suspended.  The Heartland of the country is turned into a massive, labyrinthine prison for dissidents and ‘traitors.’

How does the world end for you?

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4 thoughts on “I Know How the World Ends.

  1. ML says:

    Most of your dystopian final paragraph has already happened to some extent. I wrote about how much of the weird dystopian world of Stephenson’s “Snow Crash” already exists in some form: http://bulliedpulpit.blogspot.com/2010/10/snow-crash.html

    Not to be a debbie downer or anything….

    • Zoe says:

      Here’s my problem with your question. What kind of world-ending are you talking about? Do you mean, the end of my life as I know it, the end of the US as we know it, the end of our current world as we know it, or the literal destruction of the planet and therefore all life on it? Until you narrow it down some, it’s like asking me what my favorite art is…

      And ML: I love how Blackwater quietly changed their name and think that’s going to fool people. What? Who? Us? No, no, we’re not Blackwater… we’re XE Services LLC. See, we can’t be evil lawless mercenaries: We’re an LLC.

  2. Jacob Marcus says:

    I’m thinking of writing a post-Apocalypse story as well…I just have the problem I always have in writing: finishing the darn story. Well, I think I’ve figured that one out: write backwards!

    • Jacob Marcus says:

      Whoops, check that. I’m writing an alternate timeline post-Apocalypse story, featuring jabberwocky, the Vorpal Sword, and monsters.

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