I write about the future, because we will live there sooner than we realize. And it’s best that we get a sense of the possible, so the collective shock to our systems is minimal. When the future surprises people, they react in fear and bad things happen, like prejudice, violence and wars. It’s hard to understand how the choices we make now create the unintended consequences we must live with later. As a species, we’re really good at looking backwards and following the breadcrumbs we just dropped. But we’re not very good at projecting that throwing food out in front of us might create a path we can follow to survive.
If “the past is a foreign country,” then the future is a different planet. We assume extraterrestrials are similar to us (you know, two arms, legs, eyes, but with grey skin and no hair). But there is no guarantee that an ET will even be made of carbon atoms, no less bipedal or symmetrical. Likewise, we think the future will resemble our past and that patterns repeat themselves Santayana-like. Yes, the larger patterns of empire building and destruction have repeated so far, but the specifics of history and technology mutate in ways we cannot imagine and change us forever.
What is the future of humanity? Will humans always be human? It depends on how you define “human.” We are no more like Australopithecus than future humans will be like us. If our definition evolves along with us, how does that change everything else in society, like the arts, communications, communities, economics and politics? With the growth of technologies like computing and cyborg-tech that take tools that were once apart and outside of us and put them alongside/inside our bodies, that change is happening before our eyes.
I write, because I am passionately curious what might happen and what advantages or pitfalls might occur based on our choices. I assume that technological change is morally neutral. It’s what we do with change that makes it positive or negative. So the future is up to us. It’s always been up to us.
That’s the world I’m interested in discovering. I hope you enjoy coming along on the rollercoaster ride with me.
“Futurist lecturer Manney’s intriguing and fast-paced debut takes a close look at possible consequences of sophisticated bioengineering. Peter Bernhardt, a “biogineer,” is framed for one of the greatest mass murders in history, committed by terrorists using his company’s nanotechnology. Peter infuses his own brain with nanobots, hoping that his upgraded intelligence will help him secure the assistance of the powerful Phoenix Club, but this only makes him more of a target to those who want to use his technology. With poignancy and sensitivity, Manney constructs an intricate and adventurous plot. The characterization is rich, with an uncommon and welcome depth found in the protagonist… Fans of gosh-wow SF will devour this novel all the way to the startling ending.” — Publishers Weekly
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