(Before It's News)
Today, we have a guest post from novelist, Susan I. Weinstein, whose dystopian novel, PARADISE GARDENS,
will be published in a new edition from Pelekinesis Publishing
Group. This new edition contains wonderful illustrations by the author. You can read my review of on Goodreads, here
. This novel is one of several new editions of Weinstein’s work– I interviewed her about THE ANARCHIST’S GIRLFRIEND on this blog (read the interview here
I’ll let Susan take it from here.
Déjà vu our strange times. In Nixon’s 1969 America, a stranger leaped out of a car, took photos of me and my high school boyfriend and sped away. Afterward, I was called into the principal’s office, and accused of being a “ringleader” of a drug ring. My choice: give names or be expelled. I gave facts. My high school was conservative, mostly working class. Beer was the drug of choice and students enlisted for Vietnam. Ten went to college. One was me. Fact: The drug ring never existed.
1969-70, I became an antiwar activist. 1980s, I began PARADISE GARDENS while working for a Wall Street publication for investors. In that time, Reagan’s religious right extolled corporate interests for the “elect.” Their destiny was to be rich. In Manhattan, where I lived, this meant sky-high rents and asking prices. Rent-controlled apartments were preventing this preordained “destiny.”
|SHE lowered her blinds, but it was too late. He had seen her.
2017 is again a time of deception and alarm. Paranoia is a rational response to an insane society (to paraphrase Freud). In paranoid fiction, such as Philip Dick’s 1968 “Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep,” logic is non-linear. Facades fall apart, and truth is revealed in the chaos.
begins in 2250, after government has dissolved amid environmental breakdown. A real estate project underground is sold to the surviving corporate elite. Rather than Big Brother, a database runs this world and controls human destiny for the benefit of corporate planning– even producing employees.
Like most paranoid fiction, there’s a kind of clairvoyance in retrospect. Some elements that I wrote about, before there was an Internet, like ”Information Pirates” have already happened. But there is light and hope in PARADISE GARDENS. I believe cautionary tales like this can bring us through our worst fears to a better place. We can sleep and imagine a more utopian future.