Writing an historical novel was not my entire concept for Summer of Love, A Time Travel. I wanted to juxtapose a far future dystopia that could have followed that era as a commentary about the Sixties and our present. What was most striking to me when researching the period was the virulent sexist attitudes toward women. But it can be difficult to dramatize that without another point of view providing an analytical lens to give the drama context. And that’s what my far future time traveler does. Other issues on which Chiron provides perspective are recycling and the consumption of resources, overpopulation and how the world could respond to that, even suntanning.

But writing about the future can be tricky, exposing the writer’s hidden attitudes or assuming that certain aspects of reality will stay the same. Witness the mini-skirted stewardess (as flight attendants were called then) working for Pan Am in the film “2001.” Not long after that movie was made in 1968, Pan Am went bankrupt and disappeared! Or Isaac Asimov speculating that astronauts on an interplanetary journey could raise rabbits for meat when we know very well that people can survive, and even thrive, on a vegan diet. The real question is how astronauts could grow rice on board! As for me, I speculated that a woman would be elected President of the United States, but not for another hundred years or more. One of my critics accused me of being sexist. No, I’m pessimistic! It’s 2012 and we don’t have a viable female presidential candidate from either party, do we. Tomorrow, the pleasures and perils of time travel. Summer of Love, A Time Travel on Nook and Kindle.

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