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.
That’s our anthology, 2054, right at the top. Bestseller, in the company of Patrice Fitzgerald, Hugh Howey, Neil Gaiman and Harlan Ellison. #1 on the entire Amazon.com store. My part of 2054 was Deep Ocean Blues – the first of four stories you come across after the brilliant foreword by Dr. Samuel Peralta. I’d earned the orange tag.
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.
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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.