Many authors try to describe the future. However, seeing into the future is an imperfect art at best. I've read many compelling ideas of where we might end up, given current trajectories. Some authors picture the future asutopian, some prefer to predict a dystopian one. However, have you noticed that with the passing decades we actually reach one of these future worlds? And what we find ourselves in is simply a human future. A human future is one in which we have faced obstacles, challenges, even the evil of that day and somehow navigated through. Often there has been grievous loss and suffering. However, just as often, the future has turned out unexpectedly brighter we had imagined.
I have written a novel about a very human future, Pelagia: Between the Stars and the Abyss. This novel is speculative fiction and will take you on an unusual odyssey. This time, not into space or to distant planets. In Pelagia, my characters explore the final frontier here on planet earth: the Blue Frontier of our open seas.
What might we discover as we begin to create new nations on the surface of the ocean? We have better maps of the Moon and Mars then we do of the ocean basins of our planet. We have invested more resources and developed more strategies in a bid to colonize distant planets than we have to settle and wisely steward the resources covering more than 2/3rds of this one.
In Pelagia, a Yemeni scientist named Suliman, an Italian inventor named Marcelli along with their families begin to build a community above an underwater seamount in the South Pacific Ocean. In the process, they must cope with challenges all pioneers must face, marauding pirates, enemies seeking to exploit, undermine them and steal their resources.
I have invested many years of experience as a marine biologist in the story. And I love science, and so carefully researched the technology in Pelagia to ensure that what I describe is plausible. It is a world our children and grandchildren might well live in: tuna herding, seamount settlers, growing homes from seawater, nomadic seastead vessels, communication and cooperation with dolphins, submersible aircraft, marine robotics, ocean farms drawing on nutrients from the deep sea. These are all within our reach today.
I suspect that settlers who live intimately within the rhythms of the sea will naturally care for that which sustains them. They do no harm to the delicate ecology of the oceans, and even begin to clean the mess our generation has left.
Still the beauty, freedom and wild wonder of the open seas enchant them. The dream of becoming politically independent nation states with control over their own destiny draws them forward. It is a rugged pioneer life that has the power to change history.
In short, I would love to live in a place like Pelagia.