A little while ago someone said that David Bowie was the glue holding the universe together. After everything that has happened in the last year I’m really starting to believe that. Now that Mr Trump has been sworn in as America’s new President/ Overlord I thought I would share some books that show just how bad this darkest timeline could get.
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Even though the end of the world isn’t caused by a person in this book, I’m going to say it is still the worst outcome. So basically what happens in Seveneves is someone or something blows up the moon. Scientists on Earth then realise that the moon isn’t going to stay up in the sky (because it’s now in pieces). This turns out to be a problem for literally everyone on Earth because these chunks of rock that used to be the moon are going to start falling at a rate that will set the atmosphere on fire and make the Earth uninhabitable for thousands of years.
The only people who survive are astronauts currently on the ISS or people that are important enough to save (should point out that heads of state are not included in this list). Basically if this did ever happen we’re all gonna die. Better start applying to NASA.
Thomas The Tank Engine by Wilbert Awdry
(The Railway Series)
The thing that turns these books into a dystopia is the fact the trains have feelings. Trains are forced to run when they don’t want to (like Henry). They get left on sidings and forgotten about when they’re not needed. Turned into generators and cut up so their parts can be sold. Then you have the fact that the trains are constantly told it’s much worse in other places, is that maybe so they think what they currently have to deal with isn’t so bad.
It’s at the point now where I genuinely wouldn’t be surprised if Donald Trump got angry at a train and had it bricked in a tunnel as punishment.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I couldn’t make a list like this without mentioning The Hunger Games. This is set in a future version of America where there was some sort of revolution. We start the story 75 years later and find out the Capitol punishes the 11 districts for this by forcing 2 teenagers from each district to fight to the death every year. I never really got why they thought this would be a good punishment.
But out of all these books I think Trump is most likely to turn into a version of President Snow. They even look similar. When the Hunger Games do start be thankful you’re too old to get picked.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This is set in a future where pretty much everyone plays a VR version of Second Life. But they only do that because the real world is so awful. Most people don’t have any money or jobs. The people who do have jobs need to travel for hours to get to them from the trailer parks they live in. These trailer parks resembling skyscrapers made out of caravans which have a habit of falling over.
Basically this future is what could happen if an evil version of Apple decided to take over Valve.
Snowpiercer by Jacques Lob
Snowpiercer is set after a nuclear war has happened, where the last remnants of humanity live on a train powered by a perpetual motion machine that constantly travels on a loop around the world. As you may be able to guess all is not well on this train. The people in the front live in luxury while the people at the rear are forced to live in a tiny cramped space with little food. If you’re looking for an opportunity to compare this to British Rail now is your chance.
*I didn’t mention Nineteen Eighty-Four, mostly because after the events of the last few days it is obvious that is the path America is already heading down.