2023: last word

Thirty-three years ago, I began writing what would become my second published novel, Sewer, Gas & Electric, a science-fiction satire of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged set in 2023.

At the time, 2023 seemed ridiculously far in the future—but not so far that I couldn’t reasonably expect to live to see it. Indeed, that was part of the fun, imagining Older Me comparing SG&E’s fictional future with the future that actually came to pass. And while one of the many things Younger Me failed to anticipate was the invention of blogging, if he had known about it, Younger Me would absolutely have said, “Yes—when the milestone year finally arrives, Older Me will reread the novel and write a comprehensive blog post about it!”

…and, well, I really did mean to do that, but as happens more and more frequently these days, time got away from me.

So before 2023 becomes history, let me at least mark the milestone by giving a shout-out to Younger Me way back there in 1990. You were right, man: It was an altogether different year.

5 thoughts on “2023: last word”

  1. Love your books and The Public Works Trilogy was one of my favorites!

    Cannot wait for your next novel!

    Thank you for making my life better with your stories.

    Happy New Year from Chicago, Il

  2. This is one of the best books ever written as far as I’m concerned. Or perhaps more humbly put, certainly one of my top favorites. I’ve reread it (something I rarely do even with favorite books) many times and have replace my copy a few time, particularly after losing the previous one in a hurricane. Such a great work that offers something new with each new reading as I age. Hard to believe that it’s been that long since it was released! The time certainly gets by! At any rate, I’ll never be able to say enough about Sewer, Gas and Electric!

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