Gotta love the internet. I’m already cranking away on this year’s NaNo novel — figuring out who these people are that I’m going to be writing about, why they’re in the situation they’re in, what they’re going to do about it, and why their world is the way it is. Near-future science fiction. Central to the book-to-be is the idea that after years of climate change, increasing scarcity of vital resources, and war, the U.S. has an openly military/corporate government. The goal is survival. The means is Reclamation and Restoration. This includes the emptying of suburbs and small towns and relocating people to the cities.
And what to my wondering eyes should appear this cloudy morning, but an article on io9.com: Detroit’s Future Challenge: How to Shrink a City. That may sound like just the opposite of what I’ll be writing about, but it works out to the same thing. Decaying cities are losing population, and it’s becoming impossible to supply lightly populated areas with basic services. One solution is to clear out those areas by cutting services altogether, forcing people to leave so that restoration aimed at urban farms and other sustainable developments. That may turn out to be the Detroit route. The other approach is to move people into those areas, making the outlying regions available for restoration to woodland and farms.
I can see both of these being put into effect in some long-distant future when sheer survival of a nation becomes more important than individual human rights. And I hope the internet will still be in existence, offering up information and ideas.