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Hindsight 2050 is an anthology of science fiction stories taking place in a plausible, potentially near future. Misogyny, technological revolution, and an increasingly unstable capitalist world inform the future the book renders in fiction. The first story, "Grieving in the Year 2195", instantly sets the timeline of the body of the text 145 years after the date in the title. In this way, the title itself can be thought of as an implied and very short prologue that humanity, in the real world, is participating in right now. Embracing the traditions of both utopia and dystopia. Hindsight 2050 focuses on character driven narratives as a lens for examining the concerns of 2017. While never relinquishing hope in its poetics by portraying a society that is actively reaching for the stars, the book also uses fiction to address techno-ethic concerns such as: nuclear war, artificial intelligence, violence in virtual reality, and the way women's survival (or lack thereof) is shaped by technology in worlds that are still often hostile to them. The author shares Hindsight 2050 in the hope that the future portrayed in it remains fiction. Hindsight 2050 was written as part of the requirement for completion of an MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics, via the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program at the University of Washington Bothell.
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