Essays about the World of “Dust Mites”

My novel, “Dust Mites,” is set in the year 2075 — a period close enough to our own time to be familiar yet in a locale so exotic and a time distant enough to be very different.

Some say that predicting the future is a fool’s errand. Past prophesies of future technologies have proven ludicrously off the mark. Ascertaining with any confidence how emergent technologies interact with the phenomenally complex social, economic and political systems of the human race is a task even more daunting. I take it for granted that “Dust Mites” will fail to anticipate many particulars of the year 2075. However, I believe that it is possible to discern some broad themes, as I explain in the essays below.

I wish I could be around in 50 years to see how it all turns out. In the meantime, I’ll settle for hearing from readers what they think I get right and what I get wrong.

The Great Constants: Physics, Geography & Topography, Human Nature, Economics, the Singularity, and the De-Synchronization of Change

Moon First, Not Mars

Energy Systems

Subterranean Cities

Agriculture — essay to come

Transportation — essay to come

Weaponry — essay to come