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Black Death, Cholera, Smallpox, AIDS, COVID-19: Fiction Authors have written about infectious diseases for many, many years

As fiction writers our minds are far-reaching with imaginations that touch past, present and future earth up through the universe -Utopia and Dystopia. We’ve created stories about pandemics-plagues-epidemics long before Billionaire Bill Gates spoke in early 2019 about a potential pandemic.

One of my favorite authors is the late Octavia Butler, the first African American science fiction writer. Her novel Parable of the Sower followed by Parable of the Talents published in the early 1990s, is just right for today. Although both novels take place in an dystopian society, we can only hope this won’t reign true for the United States of America. Let’s hope.

From the desk of Amani Shakhete’s works in progress. A sci-fi novel.

Prologue: Out of nothingness she creates a beginning with no end, evolving into Source energy filled with hidden secrets and undiscovered life. Systematically, delivering planets—millions of them—orbiting their own family of stars. Life exists on every planet protected by infinite numbers of solar systems within their own galaxies. This active cosmic stage traverses 90-billion light years in either direction. She calls it the Universe.

“Put the universe on high alert! Prepare for battle!”

The urgent warning travels through a photo-voltaic energy wave spilling into trillions of galaxies. Dark matter created in cooperation with some of earth’s humans are working to push through a new World Planetary Order. The planetary alignment is under attack, the result of earth pulling too much energy from Mars, Jupiter and Neptune…

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Science Fiction inspires reality

 “Science fiction is the only genre that depicts how society could function differently. This is the first step towards progress as it allows us to imagine the future we want, and consider ways to work towards it. It also makes us aware of futures we wish to avoid, and helps us prevent them. (Klus)

This powerful statement by Dr. Klus sums up what I have learned over the past 10 weeks regarding science fiction. And that it is much more than a popular genre that can sell thousands of books just because. The ideas and foresight coming out of the minds of deep and futuristic thinkers, takes us on a journey of human spirit, turning longing for a more exciting future or something better than our present into possibilities or even reality. This very thought inspires me to finish my sci-fi novel. Although, admittedly, I have often thought about setting it aside and crawl back into my comfort zone.

But the dream of a Utopian society I want to create in this new read, is not without struggle. Such is life when trying to build something bigger and better. So far, working through this novel with the help of fellow students, continues to offer me a look inside this infinite and ever-expanding universe with so many dimensions we can only see through writing sci-fi. Like Klus says “Everything that’s physically possible is actually happening somewhere.”

Chatting it up with fellow writers in my virtual meet up reminds me, I am not alone in this cosmos of infinite words, waiting to inspire me “to imagine the future I want, and consider ways to work towards it.”

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