Waiting For Utopia

There are some brilliant, thought-provoking stories here, and Misha’s is one. Misha says that people don’t handle perfection well…maybe that’s true, but maybe we’re just used to being fed fear and disaster till we don’t know how to hope any more. What do you think? Read the book…I seriously recommend it, and that’s NOT just because I’m in it.

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Actually I didn’t have to wait long at all.

Back in late September I was approached by an author I worked with onFauxpocalypse.She had an idea for a collection with the theme of Utopia.

It sounded like a fun idea–there are so many collections about Dystopia and I figured it would make a nice change.

It turned out to be tougher than I expected. Partially because if everything is going good, where’s the conflict to hang a story on?

Mostly, though, I think human beings are just wired to expect the worst. We look for problems, we imagine problems, and when we get bored I think we invent new problems, just to have an excuse to use our big brains and clever hands. But maybe that’s just me being cynical.

Every idea I started with seemed to want to become either a travelogue of my perfect vacation…

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