More than one reviewer has suggested that the bleak world I've painted in XVI is an impossibility. Yet - certain things - like surveillance (in Chicago - and the sex-ing up pre-teen girls (see the January French Vogue spread - or any current teen fashion magazine) - are already happening.
One thread in XVI has to do with Mike's dad, as a welfare recipient, having to be a human guinea pig for medical research. Imagine my lack of surprise when I saw this article. (Much of which you may have already heard of on the news.)
As a dystopian author, I look at the world around me, and imagine - given any certain trajectory - what could be next. It isn't always pretty, and it may seem far-fetched, or even impossible. But... some of it is already being unearthed behind us - and is hiding around the next corner, if we aren't vigilant.
What have you noticed lately that is indicative of a dystopian world come to pass? I'd be more than interested to hear...