October 1, 2017
Life here has returned, for most of us, to normal. And of course the vision of what's been happening in Puerto Rico leaves us with a sense of how fortunate we were. The distressing aspect is what probably lies ahead. The damage we've done to the environment is, according to most of the climatologists I've heard, is not causing the disruption. There are always hurricanes in the mix in this part of the world. But it is intensifying them.
How have we arrived at a place where people think that they can dismiss the science, that simply believing something can make it true. So we find ourselves with an EPA run by a guy whose primary purpose is to prevent the EPA from having any effect on the country. And a president who wasted no time withdrawing the United States from the Paris Accord. We are living in a science fiction world. But one with a plotline that readers would not accept. The idea that we would ignore scientific data and refuse to moderate behavior despite the damage being done would make a dumb narrative. The real problem is that we have been hearing for the last decade or two that it may be too late to take action.
I would like to think there is nothing here that will surprise science fiction readers. Or even readers in general. But unfortunately that may not be the case. Just because we enjoy stories about Martians doesn't mean we are prepared to accept ideas that clash with the world we want to believe in. I've spent a large portion of my life assuming that progress in both technology and in human behavior is inevitable. I'm not so sure anymore.
How concerned am I? I'm beginning to think about moving back to North Dakota.