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Have you noticed that there's a disturbing vibe in the world today? There's a whole lot of shouting and name-calling but very little true discourse. And worst of all, there's a common assumption that anyone who disagrees with a particular belief is a moron, a heathen, an anti-American radical or - increasingly - all three. That realization was the catalyst for my new novel, Walden 3.0.
Walden 3.0 presents a dystopian community that teeters between freedom and repression, between individuality and conformity, and between idealism and cynicism. It's a work of fiction - with a little bit of romance thrown in - and it offers something to delight and dismay pretty much everyone - including myself.
And that's what dystopian literature should do - challenge our preconceived notions and thought processes and help us look at our lives and other people with a new appreciation for our differences and commonalities. Because, at the heart of the matter, we're all just people made up of thousands of shades of gray with very little that's black-and-white.
I hope you enjoy the book and I trust Henry David Thoreau and B.F. Skinner will forgive me for co-opting their Walden motif.
Thank you - Phil Fragasso
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
"The discrepancy between man's technical power and the wisdom with which he uses it has grown conspicuously wider year by year."
Walden Two, B. F. Skinner
"Perfectly rational people turn into psychopaths when someone questions their beliefs or suggests a different line of thought."
Walden 3.0, Phil Fragasso