Disclaimer: Spoilers. Please don’t read unless you’ve seen the Westworld Season 2 finale. I tackle my understanding (or lack thereof) about the underlying themes and inconsistencies of Season 2 of Westworld.
A wonderful writers’ group I’m part of recently started discussing civilization. There were many sub-discussions, but one thing struck my interest: someone pointed out that our civilization, unlike any that has gone before is global, networked across the entire planet. And thus, how it might fall cannot be predicted from studying past empires, which were just isolated pockets without the network effects.
One of the key challenges of designing the alternate-reality world of the Commonwealth Empires is getting the technologies of the world right. When I started writing, I knew a few things about this alternate British Empire. One, they never went through the first world war as we know it.
I am a born and bred Johannesburg girl; I bloomed in the city of gold, she said when I asked her for an introduction to herself. Think pavement weed, not flower. JT Lawrence, South African science fiction writer extraordinaire, stops by to talk about her writing, her process, and how she got here.
Last week, anti-Muslim riots erupted in Kandy, leading to homes being burned down, a State of Emergency imposed on the country, and widespread fears that we would see a repeat of 2015’s Aluthgama incident. Initially, almost no action was taken by government forces. In light of this, I published on Facebook a six-stage request to Maithripala…