In Robert Charles Wilson's new novel Julian Comstock, an energy-depleted 22nd Century looks very much like the 19th. We interviewed Wilson about his non-singularity future, and the silent movies that inspire him.
The novel is about a world where fundamentalist Christianity controls North America, war rages on the Arctic frontier, and an unlikely hero tries to reignite his country's believe in evolution. That hero is Julian Comstock, and his story is told by a lifelong best friend named Adam Hazzard. Ultimately Julian gets a chance to have a tremendous impact upon the world, and he uses his power to make a swashbuckling, silent movie about the romanticized adventures of Charles Darwin. You can read our review of the novel here.