“Whoa!” you say. “I don’t want to hear about your [enter your favorite expletive here] novel again.” For those of you who have at least read the blurb about my sci-fi thriller Survivors of the Chaos, you know that the coming social singularity and subsequent chaos is the backdrop for this dystopian vision of humanity’s future. You might think that this pessimistic old curmudgeon is just writing about a parallel future and there’s no chance of it happening in the quantum state of the universe that we live in. Think again.
The social singularity I describe in Survivors is where society’s problems become so complex that our political institutions and inept even if well-meaning politicians cannot solve them; where traditional empires like the U.S., E.U., and China break up into smaller, more homogeneous, more xenophobic, and almost tribal units; and where the weak glue holding the world together is fascistic capitalism in the form of multinational corporations hiring their own mercenary armies. If you don’t think this is happening right now before your very eyes, wake up!