Yesterday I finished the first draft of a new novel PEACE WOMEN. I’ll let it rest a month before I start polishing.
Today I start detailing the outline for the next one. It will take place at least 200 years in the future. The first step is to create that world. I work hard to make my fiction correspond to some “realistic” reality, a possible world, if imaginary. I don’t write fantasy.
And on my morning walk I realized I have a problem right away. I have been assuming that in the future governing of nations was by “the people”…that is, some form of democracy. BUT – I currently have developed deep concerns about that assumption. If the autocratic Donald Trump wins the Presidency of the United States for a second term it my view that the noble experiment in government “by the people” just isn’t in our genes. If so, then the future will more likely be a continuation of many forms of patriarchy. So although I can start a rough timeline, after November 3 (or thereabouts), the U.S. Presidential election, I may have to completely rethink where I had imagined my remaining books of THE PAX CHRONICLES would go!
My latest nonficiton book, War and Sex and Human Destiny, is a study of human sexual dimorphism. It is also a commentary on the ongoing working out of the titanic struggle now proceeding worldwide between patriarchy and liberal democracy.
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Dr. Judith Hand writes historical fiction, contemporary action/adventure, and screenplays. Hand earned her Ph.D. in biology from UCLA. Her studies included animal behavior and primatology. After completing a Smithsonian Post-doctoral Fellowship at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., she returned to UCLA as a research associate and lecturer. Her undergraduate major was in cultural anthropology. She worked as a technician in neurophysiology laboratories at UCLA and the Max Planck Institute, in Munich, Germany. As a student of animal communication, she has written scientific papers on the subject of social conflict resolution.
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