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To Flee or Not to Flee?
April 28, 2017
A curious thing happened as I developed the narrative of Rare Species. Many of the things I included, such as the elite fleeing our planet and the rush to be the first to design a self-sustaining artificial intelligence (Shiva, the cyborg) are coming slowly to fruition. This is bad news for those of us who will be left to inherit the chaos of a "tilted world" lacking order and organization. As the book unfolded, more and more events tied to the central storyline became real-life backdrops for the story. The rich are indeed shifting their citizenships (and wealth) to faraway places such as New Zealand and the Seychelles Islands in anticipation of a world catastrophe (or two). Customized bunkers and villas are selling like the proverbial hotcakes to the uber rich who, I assume, have private jets fueled and ready for departure on runways somewhere? But, the most interesting piece of the odd puzzle of fact merging with science fiction in Rare Species involves the ten families of High Wire.
These rich and powerful family/corporations are the vampires of civilization who are draining the planet of its resources before departing for such places as deep space and ....Mars. Check the current news about the colonization of Mars; if I read correctly between the lines, advocates of Mars settlements think we may need to abandon this planet and expand the human species. This leads to my question to you. Given a choice, would you prefer to stay and fulfill your destiny on earth or venture to Mars on a one-way trip?