Waiting For Utopia


Actually I didn’t have to wait long at all.

Back in late September I was approached by an author I worked with on Fauxpocalypse. She had an idea for a collection with the theme of Utopia.

It sounded like a fun idea–there are so many collections about Dystopia and I figured it would make a nice change.

It turned out to be tougher than I expected. Partially because if everything is going good, where’s the conflict to hang a story on?

Mostly, though, I think human beings are just wired to expect the worst. We look for problems, we imagine problems, and when we get bored I think we invent new problems, just to have an excuse to use our big brains and clever hands. But maybe that’s just me being cynical.

Every idea I started with seemed to want to become either a travelogue of my perfect vacation, or a dark “looks like Utopia on the outside but is really Hell on Earth” kind of thing.

But I persevered, and I think my story in this collection, “Endless Summer” strikes the right balance between hopeful and dull. I expect the other authors were struggling a bit as well.

It’s clear, reading over the other stories, that Utopia is kind of slippery concept. A couple of the stories, in fact, went in directions that I would call Hell on Earth.

But that’s okay. It’s a very diverse collection, philosophically. I’m sure my version of Utopia–put the maintenance men in charge–won’t sit well with other people.

All in all, a thought provoking collection, and maybe a bit disturbing, considering it’s supposed to be about Perfect Worlds.

We humans just don’t handle perfection well, I think.

Currently available on Kindle Unlimited, or you can buy it for a buck and get change back.

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About MishaBurnett

I am the author of "Catskinner's Book", a science fiction novel available on Amazon Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008MPNBNS
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1 Response to Waiting For Utopia

  1. Reblogged this on butimbeautiful and commented:
    There are some brilliant, thought-provoking stories here, and Misha’s is one. Misha says that people don’t handle perfection well…maybe that’s true, but maybe we’re just used to being fed fear and disaster till we don’t know how to hope any more. What do you think? Read the book…I seriously recommend it, and that’s NOT just because I’m in it.

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