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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 6:57 am 
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Has anyone out there ever read (or indeed written) any speculative fiction on the subject of privatisation? I know it's not the most exciting subject, but there must be some good stuff out there somwewhere, I'm guessing. I recall reading a satirical piece by Brian Aldiss once, I think, but I can't remember the details ...

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China Miéville's 'Tis the Season' which is in 'Looking for Jake'. It's also online

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I wrote a whole bunch of setting information for a roleplay game set in London in 2012 a year or so ago. The Thames had flooded and the government had responded by selling off anything and everything that it could, the rich living in gated, guarded communities, and the poor wading through the stinking Thames water running through the streets and fighting for a living.

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Actually, falling asleep last night I remembered something . . .

Jennifer Government is set in a world where everything is privatised and the government is only there to try and ensure a façade of fair play. It's not really - in my opinion - worth buying, but it's certainly worth ordering from the library.


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In Duncan Lunan's fine 'Starfield' anthology from 1989 there is a story by Louise Turner called 'Busman's Holiday' that deals with the deregulation of public buses in Glasgow (taken to an extreme). The story was first published in 1988 and it is probably fair to say that it has not aged well.


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Foxie wrote:
Jennifer Government is set in a world where everything is privatised


I quite liked that, as a nifty little satire on US politics and consumerism.
(Heard a rumour that a movie is in the works, possibly starring Glenn Close.)

Have vague memories about privatisation in sub-plots of Bruce Sterling's Distraction, and Greg Egan's Distress, but I may be mistaken as it's been years since I read those novels.

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Tony wrote:
Have vague memories about privatisation in sub-plots of Bruce Sterling's Distraction ...


Yes, there are, but it went a bit over my head; US politics baffles me more than our local brew, and add to that the glorious but obfuscating hand-waving that Sterling does so well, I'm not sure I can recall the details ... damn good book, though. Wasn't it nominated for the Clarke that year?

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I hesitate to mention this, Frank, but the speculative piece that first sprang to mind was Ben Elton's play 'Gasping', written before he became pals with Lord Lloyd Webber. Another one that hasn't aged well (the play, not the ghastly Lord Elton).


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Hey, this is all good stuff. I will definitely check out the Bruce Sterling book.

As for my own creation, it's just a thought in my head at the moment. To be continued ...

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