Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday #74: The Year 2111

This Week's Topic:

Assuming we make it through the 2012 apocalypse, what do you imagine the publishing world will look like 100 years from now?

After the apocalypse, which consisted of all the major world powers blowing each other up, the Canadian prime minister took control, creating a One World Government (eh?). The publishing industry is now owned and operated by a special literary division of the OWG located in Toronto. Books are published in English and French, then distributed all over the world, in an attempt to abolish all other languages. Ebooks no longer exist, as the internet has been outlawed. Writers are commissioned by the government to create stories lauding the praises of New Canada and OWG.

However, there is an underground publishing movement. Rebels create books, printed on archaic presses, and do everything they can to spread them amongst the people. Some are new works, condemning the OWG. Some are just stories by writers the government has shunned. Some are reprints of classic work no longer approved for circulation. They are printed in all the languages of the world. They are in high demand, but very dangerous to possess. You can be prosecuted for owning one of these "invalidated novels". You can be executed for printing one.

Which route do you chose?


  1. Oooh, love this! What a great plot sketch for a dystopian YA...

  2. Thanks, Lara! I've got a definite weakness for dystopians. ;)

  3. Aw, that's grim! And ooky reminiscent of Stalin/Khrushchev-era state-run presses and SMACKdowns on samizdat (underground hand pubbed, totally totally illegal) works. Hopefully our future will learn from Russia's past and avoid all that.

  4. Wow- this was a pretty good response :D And I agree w/AKG it is similar to the Stalin Era. You should def. jot these notes down and develop a story around them.

  5. 100 years from now all language will be dead! ZOMG!!! :-)

    Maybe we'll all be writing on stone tablets again? Yes, I plan on being alive ... or at least I'll have my cryogenically frozen body reanimated.

  6. I would have a printing press in my basement hidden underneath my government issued maple syrup maker. They'd never suspect!