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So.. what *is* 2012 actually about?
Behold, the back blurb.

Where will the world be in four years’ time?

Eleven of Australia’s top authors take a guess in 2012. Each story imagines the world as it might be, presenting unique possibilities for the very near future. There are dark visions of water and oil shortages, terrorism, climate change, global and regional politics, the limiting of personal freedoms such as free speech, struggles with the ethics of genetic engineering and bioengineering, alien conspiracies, and the impact of technology on industry. There are personal stories here too – of the way these things might impact on families, and how we at an individual level might react to the catastrophes predicted to lie ahead.

Each of these stories presents an original take on the imminent future of humanity. Each has something to say about who we are and who we might want to be. 2012 is both a call to imagine the future of the world and a call to create it.

Deborah Biancotti Martin Livings Dirk Flinthart David Conyers
Simon Brown Lucy Sussex Tansy Rayner Roberts Kaaron Warren Angela Slatter
Ben Peek Sean McMullen

Pre buy it for $20.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 19th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Hey - random sort of interviewy question: do you think these stories might have been different had they been written in early 2008 rather than mid-2007?

(A link for some sort of context for the question.)

Edited at 2008-02-19 04:03 am (UTC)
Feb. 19th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
Hmm.. interesting question.

*runs through the stories in my head*

We probably have more hope towards water resources than we did but I don't think it would have changed Deborah's story. Angela's is still horrifying because .. it *could* be a possibility ... Dirk's and Tansy's haven't been affected by change of Govt. Neither has Peek's, Living's, or Sussex's. Conyers' is not set here. Neither is Warren's. I don't think the change in policy or thought affects McMullen's. And Brown's is also not really about here, even though it's set here.

So .. maybe the writer's might have been slightly less pessimistic in their outlook. But there's some pretty serious and large issues that need to be tackled and I don't know how much ground you can really make on them in 5 years. I mean, enormous events can completely change the political landscape and the near future in the course of a day or an hour (9/11) and are always possible. But I still think the issues the writers tackled are relevant and interesting.
Feb. 19th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
But I still think the issues the writers tackled are relevant and interesting.

Didn't doubt it - was just curious from a philosophical/political point of view.
Feb. 19th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Yeah it's interesting from that point of view. I think that a lot of the issues they tackled kinda transcended political confines - so, really, it doesn't matter what we do or what policies we have, we are going to be facing water shortages in the next 4 years. We haven't yet, as a nation, nor as global citizens, really defined our ethics on genetic engineering. Those sort of politics are what they picked up, which is interesting.
Feb. 19th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
And the fun bit about editing, is that you have a certain vision for a book when you send out your guidelines but people pick that up and go off and play on their own and you get something entirely different back. It's kinda cool to see how different people do that.
Feb. 19th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
Yeah. :)
Feb. 19th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)

Will you be selling it at Swancon?
Feb. 19th, 2008 06:38 am (UTC)
Indeed we will! There'll be a launch party n'all
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