Time-travelling author Ewan Morrison continues his survey of future literature, examining how western fiction nearly perished in the 2030s, only to be saved by an unexpected interventionRead part one: The war yearsThe complex cultural peace that followed the end of the digital revolution in 2032 mirrors the economic reconstruction of Europe after the second world war. Just as the United Nations was created in 1945 to “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”, culture is now safeguarded by international law, born out of a multilateral commitment to ensure that “this must never happen again”. In 2043 the world is rediscovering and rebuilding the art of “fiction” – the production of “new texts” – which had ceased in the “lost decade” of the 2020s.You might think the digital revolution ended with a rising of the masses, with demonstrations against those who had allowed the west to become culturally bankrupt, with a noble struggle on the barricades in the name of saving fiction, but sadly this was not the case. The masses could not have cared less that they were now consuming billions of bite-sized chunks of derivative user-generated content, machine-made mass-culture manufactured by media conglomerates. Consumers in the west …read more

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