I’m excited to announce that there will be a new 5-part radio series beginning sometime in November, either next Monday, 17th, or the following Monday, lasting 5 days in a row, exploring life in the Yukon in 2058. In honour of CBC North’s 50th Anniversary, we take you flash-forward into a very positive look at the future.
Recently I read a column at Fantasy Magazine’s website entitled, Why We Need Scientist Heroes Again, and the author made a good case for thinking positive:
“Show of hands – who wants to retire to their grandchildren’s sub-prime one-room hovel in the decayed urban warzone that was once America?
Or perhaps roam the sweltering wasteland looking for gasoline while the mutants hunt you down?
Yeah, thought so.
Then let’s inspire some smart folks to get scientifical and create smart solutions to our stupid problems.”
So, in that spirit, I pitched Yukon 2058 to CBC North and they liked it. And I think things will get more and more interesting in the north over the next 50 years. Not every positive accomplishment will have positive consequences all the way round. And that too is a power science fiction has–to warn us. If everything turns out just hunky-dory we never have to change what we’re doing. But in the spirit of thinking positive– of actually dealing with climate change (cause it will happen), I hope you enjoy Yukon 2058, my own personal vision of the Yukon of the future. If you like some of the things, don’t wait 50 years to start them, or to think up things on your own. Create the place you want to live in, the place you want your kids to live in, the place you want to retire in. The world is going to turn its collective global head north very soon–let people know what you would like to see in fifty years.
Also, there’s a science fiction anthology in the works looking at optimistic near future science fiction, called Shine. Check out the website and submit your stories. I’ll write another post about Shine too.
I’d love to write an optimistic piece about the future, but unfortunately, most of my short fiction tends towards the horrifying.
Thanks for the mention. Love this post, although I found it slightly ironic that a fantasy magazine website has a column demanding scientist heroes. But all for the good cause…;-)
Don’t give up yet. I’m gathering a lot of inspirational material and pointers to good sources on the SHINE blog. Watch that space, and who knows: maybe you’ll give it a try.
Thanks Jetse for the returned mention. Maybe we’ll have tons of Yukoners submit. I know you’ll see mine. It’s good to see this kind of anthology gaining steam. I hope you get great submissions!