16 years into the 21st century and, apart from smart gadgets and smart TVs, in terms of high-concept tech, it even feels we’re going backwards. The Concorde, the supersonic airliner, was decommissioned in 2003. For the first time in transportation history, distances had become longer. Apollo 17 remains, to this day, the most recent manned flight beyond low Earth orbit. It’s been 40 years. That can’t be a good thing.
But what are the consequences?
The future should have brought … options. To us all. And with them, the chance at a different kind of life.
But that’s not even the most important aspect. We, as in Mankind, must work on our own future or some other civilization’s future might cross paths with ours, taking us by surprise. And if our knowledge in history serves, it has always ended tragically for the less advanced ones.
But what can one man do to change the dangerous Status Quo of things?
Perhaps nothing. Perhaps everything!
It will be only by chance that Vincent sees a presentation about the supposed existence of a forgotten Jewish community composed of elite, scientific thinkers that have been hiding in Antarctica since World War II.
He believes this mythical community of scientific geniuses could be the key to unlocking the future, or humanity’s expectations about it, that never came to pass. At the end of World War II, the Americans and the Soviets shamelessly raided Nazi facilities such as Peenemünde for their scientists, each trying to get their hands on the best minds. Both the US and the Soviet space programs were launched by German scientists such as Wernher von Braun.
Vincent wonders about what was said at the Antarctica presentation, that the scientists left in Germany after the war were “lesser” minds and that the most brilliant minds were hidden in Antarctica. Damn! He imagines what could be accomplished with the help of such geniuses. It’s the future once promised to us. Not this smartphone-driven, sequel and remake and reboot-ridden society we live in today but a place where classic sci-fi writers would feel right at home. Where the universe’s endless possibilities and wonders would finally be within our grasp.
Vincent is Future Man, in the upcoming novel by the same name. Not unlike me and you, he’s not happy with the fact that ‘the future’, as foreseen by classical sci-fi authors, never came to pass. The only difference between Vincent and us is that he’s going to call upon himself the task of making it all happen. And, in doing so, he will change everything.
Look for Future Man on October 15th, in all major online bookstores. Softcover and hardcover editions will also be available. Hardcover’s ‘Zero Edition’ will be limited to 2,000 copies worldwide.
Bruno De Marques.
PS: Coming soon: detailed evidence on the existence of the aforementioned community of scientists in Antarctica, hidden since WW2, never seen or published before.