THE FUTURE OF LITERATURE.
The future of literature is neither paperbacks nor Kindle books. We have journeyed from writing on cave walls to papyrus to printed books to audio books to digital books … and the increased pace of literary development is evident in both rapidly changing styles of writing (i.e. towards that which is better suited to meet the demands of modern living) and in the amazing new technologies as regards communication advances. Tomorrow’s books will not be read with the eyes and mind alone, but rather experienced in 4D. Perhaps we will step inside of cubicles or spheres, or simply activate wall-less interactive zones whereby we can experience novels and other stories with all of our senses. Related technology is already being used today to provide experiences of heightened virtual reality. The modern libraries in Oslo and other cities look nothing like libraries most of us remember from our childhood – they are interactive, rely largely on digitalized and computerized information and literature etc.
The future of literature is interactive and directly experiential. It is therefore that I strive to make my poetry and prose cinematic. This is similar to my philosophy of art: to create paintings that enable the viewer to participate in the experience, to be able to “walk right into” the canvas and, together with the artist, recreate a new experience through recollection and creative thinking.
Over-descriptive and tedious long novels which require using a dictionary alongside the book are soon an old memory. The combinations of words and images, speed and rhythm etc. are more important in creating an interactive and cinematic literary experience.
I experiment with these elements all the time. It is a new way of writing.
Many of my novels are set in the future; this in order to bridge the fast-paced technological developments of the present with the possible/probable future. In this way they are studies of the adjustments and processes of today against a more stubborn constant: human behavioral adaptation, the search for politico-social freedom and individual expression, and dynamics of communication. This is the reason that many of my books are multilingual: it is both the reality today on the internet, the bus, the cellphone, the metro etc., as well as the communication of the future as presented in science fiction films set just a few decades from now. As time passes, languages also evolve … and that has always been the case.
Examples of my works that are multilingual include “Le Paradis”, “2014: the life and adventures of an incarnated angel”, “The tunnel at the end of time”, “Gaytude”, “Entre Nous et Eux”, “Three-legged Waltz” and “Jisei”. “2014” and “The tunnel at the end of time” even showcase a made-up language from another star system and the language of “angels”/star warriors. I have been very fortunate indeed that my primary publisher Cyberwit.net has had the foresight and courage to allow me to publish experimental books that present new styles of writing and to write “for and in” both the present and the future. Thank you Karunesh Kumar Agrawal!
REVIEW BY DR. ISAGANI R. CRUZ, THE PHILIPPINES:
The Tunnel at the End of Time is a masterful symphony of languages, religions, cultures, and literary techniques, all journeying to one inevitable destination: the individual wrestling with self. Covering our most human to our most divine urges and activities, the poetic, science fictional, experimental, even cinematic book leads us through words to what is beyond or behind words: the inscrutable mystery of our own being or, more precisely since the book revels in Emptiness, our non-being. In the process of stripping away the several skins that we use to protect our inner selves and to keep us from exercising our freedom to live a full life, the book also comments on writing itself, turning itself inside out, so to speak, so that we are forced as readers to become the writers themselves, merging our selves with theirs without meaning to and without remembering the meaning that we wanted to find, finding ourselves apparently in the future but actually in the present, or even more precisely, in the past, as time stops for us. In the end, the future humans, aliens, and angels turn out to be really us today, as we find ourselves aliens within ourselves, alienated not from the world as lesser writers would have put it, but from ourselves, as only the truly alive realize, perhaps as only angels really know. For those less inclined towards philosophy, the book offers gripping suspense, continuous action, and provocative scenes; the narrative scaffolding, however, is there only to lead readers to deeper levels of reading. I recommend this book to everyone honest enough to admit that we do not know ourselves or that we are not just nothing, but perhaps even Nothingness itself. Have fun, but be warned!
– Isagani R. Cruz, Professor Emeritus, De La Salle University, Manila
Celebrate Science Fiction: that very special place – where scientists and authors collaborate and inspire one another to new perspectives, possibilities and solutions. Yesterday’s sci-fi novel or film is often tomorrow’s reality. That is no coincidence.
— Adam Donaldson Powell
Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
— Isaac Asimov