I've decided to try my hand at sci fi, and I'm a few chapters into my latest novel. It's really fun to write! I've created a bizarre techno-utopia in the far future where Americans believe in science. I know, I know. Doesn't that blow your mind?
In "Arcturus Prime" - the name of the world now - we have regular contact with alien civilizations, androids with human personalities, and textbooks that teach evolution. Even in Texas.
My hero Prete Wilkerful, suffered a near fatal accident when the space probe he was piloting crashed into a satellite. The orbit around Arcturus Prime is much more crowded, because we fully fund NASA instead of throwing all our money into megachurches and the military. Anyway, doctors turned him into a cyborg, and now he works for the CDC investigating viral outbreaks so we can create new vaccines, because everyone just gets their vaccines now instead of believing urban legends about them.
His love interest - Darla 5 - is a sophisticated Artificial Intelligence who can appear almost anywhere at will. She serves on an extreme weather event strike force which combats freak disasters. She often works with local authorities to help people, and the general public accepts that what we know about climate science is true without rejecting it because of some rightwing oil lobbyists.
I don't want to give too much away, but the book has starfighters, laser battles, teleportation, and people who know that dinosaurs didn't live in the time of Adam and Eve. The characters fight an insidious synthetic disease that actually has a will and a personality, and no one asks their personal angel for help or anything like that.
Okay, I have to get back to work. But before I go I want you to know I have an idea for a sequel! It's going to be even further in the future - not centuries, but millennia - and human beings all live as disembodied entities in a kind of virtual computer world where they can create their own realities, and cops are slightly less racist.
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