A World of the Far Future
Welcome to Pavitra City
Nuestra Year 4567
When I sat down to write a story about a man who finds himself in the far future, I imagined a world where everything was shiny and beautiful on the surface. The people would be happy, the city peaceful and clean. Everything needed was provided, and the citizens dwelled in unparalleled utopia. But, while this city was perfect on the outside, it would be crumbling away to nothing beneath its beautiful surface.
Enter Pavitra City. The world has been devastated by war that left the survivors lost, lonely, and afraid. The Planetary Council convened, erasing all borders and previous governments. It created great cities for its survivors to make their new homes, rebuilding the civilization that had begun to die out. Everything was automated, convenient, and easy. The people could finally relax, and begin to heal.
One thousand years after the creation of the Council, our hero, Dr. Rand Hazen, finds himself in Pavitra City, a traveller from 2018 in the distant year 4567. The city is still beautiful, but something terrible has happened to its people. Depression became disinterest, and then apathy. Humanity has become nothing more than docile, wide-eyed cattle. They are fed, clothed, and validated by the city, and the city is dying. What will happen to the inhabitants of Pavitra when the energy resources are finally gone?
What energy powers this perfect, gleaming city? Fossil fuels are long gone, and wind, solar and hydro-electricity could not be sustained. So how is Pavitra maintained? Funnily enough, the main power source of the city is PIZEOELECTRICITY. (The power created through kinetic movement.) The more the citizens moved, the more power could be stored in the great chambers beneath the city. But now the citizens don't bother walking. Only the continuously moving Drogher (taxi system) maintains the tiny bit of power Pavitra has left.
So, readers, it seems our intrepid Dr. Hazen will have a lot of discovery, and a lot of work, to do in Pavitra City. Want to know more? REDSHIFT will be published in December, 2016!
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