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Hazards of Time Travel

Wednesday, 16th January, 2019 11:15am
Hazards of Time Travel

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By Aoife Burke

 

ARGUABLY, if there’s anything we need less of in the dawn of 2019 it’s more doomy and gloomy speculative glimpses into the future, where what’s happening in the world now is the catalyst for a truly terrible dystopia to come.
Is there anything to be said for the powers that be learning from the 20th century warnings of George Orwell and Margaret Atwood, taking heed of the current creative minds of literature, stage and screen predicting dire consequences if we fail to address our looming environmental and world-stage political problems?
Present issues with dangerous, brutish leaders of the world, both free and otherwise, intent on remaining in complete denial over climate change, and recurring and growing racism and sexism are rife, and this novel by Joyce Carol Oates opens three decades on from the September 11 attacks, where the social and political issues that rose and prevailed following the attacks have been used and abused by the United States government to create a dystopic society fuelled by paranoia and fear.

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