Forecast / ideation / Perception / Pessimism / writing

Forecast Friday: The Hazards of Trying to Write the Future

Predicting the future is hard work. If you write near future, you are more likely to be right about some of what’s coming, but chances are you’ll miss something that becomes so basic when the time you were predicting arrives, the inhabitants will laugh at your “short-sightedness.” Think of how many writers may have written plots happening in THEIR future 2016 that depended on not being able to get to a phone as a plot device and didn’t envision cell phones at all.

What can “go wrong” that you weren’t counting on? Something baked into your plot, or at least in your setting that is undone by the passage of real time.
O darn – a guaranteed cure is found for the cancer you incorporated in your story after you write it. Drat! Global climate change fails to destroy life as we know it, so your dystopian future never happens. You were so hoping your book would be prophetic, and instead it’s a laughingstock – how unfair life can be. Faster than light travel is invented AFTER you write your space epic that counts on only sub-light speed being possible, and now the rest of humanity can travel to the stars while your heroes languish on the shelves.

The far future isn’t much better; but at least you’ll be dead by the time your errors are proved. (My luck they’ll cure mortality and I’ll be forced to actually live through it.)

That’s right – there’s a downside to everything. Just saying…


ReEntanglementCoverThis week’s Smashwords coupon is for “The Re-Entanglement of Grant Decker”:

Are we simply the sum of the choices we’ve made?
Grant can’t keep his reality in focus. His daughter thinks he’s having senior moments, but he knows that’s not it – those voices he’s hearing just don’t care how embarrassing they make things. He’s never been one to talk to himself, but maybe it’s time. How else will he know if his life is coming apart or coming together?
What does it add up to?

This started out with me (as often happens) worrying about my poor memory, and whether I might eventually suffer from out-and-out dementia. Then I wondered – what if an aging person’s confusion might be because they’re experiencing multiple timelines (if your life flashes before your eyes when you die, what if all your possible lives did it?)
Use coupon code HQ93G to get 67% off the cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until June 25th. Here’s the link:
“The Re-Entanglement of Grant Decker” is also available in the collection – Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind.


Next up for July 1st release: “Mating Rituals”:

It’s been so long…
Manti has only one night left on Cuniculus before she returns to Cesilli – why not spice up a paid hit with a little romance?

It will be available for preorders as soon as I have a cover for it. Stay tuned…


William Mangieri’s writing, including More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:
• His Amazon Author page:
• Barnes & Noble:
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books):
• His site on WordPress:
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:
• His Goodreads author page:
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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