Monday, 29 May 2017
I prefer Poul Anderson's "change," which enhanced intelligence. Which world would you prefer to live in? You would probably be among the dead in the Emberverse.
Does each generation have an equivalent of the Change, an event after which everything was different?
World War I.
World War II.
The beginning of the nuclear age.
The beginning of the space age.
The invention of the Internet.
It would be trivializing to equate the Internet with the great atrocities of the twentieth century but the purpose is not to equate. It is to identify events after which everything was (seen as) different. Someone suggested that the only "generation gap" in history was between those born before the atom bomb and those born after it. There was a generation that thought, "Why take life seriously if our elders are about to kill us all, including themselves?"
Life is change so fiction about a Change reflects life.