Books often paint a picture of the world around us: its physical and social aspects, its history and mythology. We may paint a creative picture that is not true (fiction), but interesting and exciting; boring and enervating; we may paint a picture that is true, but often disturbing and upsetting. We are all victims of our our eyes that listen and see, our ears that look around and learn.
Looking into the future, as a writer, none of those tools are most useful. Imagination is the tool we use to see. It cannot be the world around us that inspires, rather it becomes whatever dream we pursue. Some writers pursue the dream of a future just world like this one, only much worse. A sad dystopian dream perhaps saved by the valor and integrity of the characters, or perhaps not. Some of these books leave the reader unsettled and disturbed in the stark vision of a destructive future that always remains in the end.
W. Mahlon Purdin set out to build a world that had solved its problems and moved on, and it’s the “moving on” part that is exciting; its the adventures the characters go on together that entices; it’s the rich depth of details around them, and how they interact personally that is exciting. In fact, this interaction is the key to everything in this new, future world. In W. Mahlon Purdin’s future, we are all much, much closer together, we are all inspired by the opportunities around us, and we are all working together to expand awareness, increase understanding and affection, and the excitement of the adventures before us.
In Farson, there is a genesis of hope and exodus of desperation as the human race seeks and finds a safe harbor. In the process, they overcome a violent existential threat, turn enemies into friends, survive a disaster, and journey, as a race, to a distant destination as mysterious as anything ever known.
In Sargasso, humanity’s new situation clarifies as they form a system of organization more open and honest, where everyone knows everything about each other and where they turn their attention to things of hope and promise, of collaboration and cooperation, and of learning new definitions and seeking new horizons. They build six new worlds for the 10.8 billion people of old Earth: Azure, a water world; Edge a world made of enormous diamond cliffs; Echo, a world containing all the knowledge and histories of the human race; Range, a wild west world of wonders; Berg, a world of ice, hiding another secret world within; and Wild, a world of animals and people who love them. In this book, the new human race defeats a daunting foe in an epic space chase, and yet the attacking forces, in the end, learn the truth and … well, wait until you read what happens.
Also in this volume, there are deep background stories that reveal exciting lives of promise and challenge, and explain much of what is to come.
In The Dreams of Ida Rothschild, a young girl’s ruined life shadows the wasted and arrogant destruction of Old Earth’s senseless organization and harsh depletion of the planet. In this volume, the old ScreenMasters try again to destroy us, but this time a resolution is planned and executed. the threat of violent destruction is again in the offing, but with a surprise ending. This book also offers a planet-by-planet tour of the new planets and their peoples, a new exploration of spatial dimensions, time travel, and of molecular travel, a revealed discovery of the Emers of epic proportions.
These books prove that life does not have to be a chain of disasters and destruction of lives and futures, It can be so much more and so much better.
The human race’s future is a bright star, that in today’s world is struggling to shine, but in tomorrow’s blossoms brightly to become a super nova of surprising hope and reassuring inspiration for us all.