…Updike, that is. In 1997 he wrote a novel, Toward the End of Time. It is set in the first few months of 2020. A war with China has drastically thinned our population and has resulted in the collapse of the federal government . States or clusters of them have become the sovereign polities.
Do you want to see our future? Read it and weep. (And no offense, Kurt Schlichter, but: Updike is your daddy! This novel is accomplished prose.)
i wish this great, prolific writer were still alive to witness how prophetic his vision proved. And I credit his prescience to the fact that he closely and carefully observed and chronicled his society for so long. When you are extremely, intimately familiar with an entity, person or nation, perhaps you develop some ability to predict that entity’s future.
Have you read it, O Ratty?