Blog - Morphosis revisited January 2017.
In 2008 I foreshadowed the breakout of militant Islamism and a wave of consequent refugee crises. I was wrong in not expecting it to happen as soon as it did; I placed it around 2025, and I underestimated the refugee volumes by a huge margin.
I was also wrong in expecting the more widespread de-stabilisation of many regimes and the consequent even greater migration pressures not to happen until my heroes released their huge tranche of advanced information acquired from alien sources on their return to Earth in 2106. OK, migration has not yet assumed the off-world dimension which I predicted, but when opportunities open up it looks as if it well do so.
My heroes clearly did not expect the catastrophically destabilising effect of their indiscriminate and with hindsight irresponsible release of advanced technology. Idealistically, they hoped and expected to make the nations of the world more stable, wealthy and peaceful by this means. They were dead wrong, but even in the few years since I wrote Morphosis, we have seen other high profile and sometimes well-meaning, leakers of information make the same mistake for real. And my heroes really only had one alternative – to conspire with corrupt world leaders and suppress their treasure trove of information.
There are many scientific advances, some foreshadowed in Morphosis, which are already well under way and which have a similar potential for good and ill. I argue that they are not in themselves intrinsically good or bad, but in their interaction with human nature they will undoubtedly be fundamentally disruptive, leading in some cases to great misery and loss of life, as well as, again in some cases, yielding immense benefits for the survivors. It seems that Natural Selection will take it's course.
Ed Tozer was for many years a management and IT consultant, and his writing through that time was directed mainly to management reports. It has been suggested, mostly in jest, that he was all along honing his science fiction writing skills. Since retiring he has channelled his literary efforts into more overtly fictional forms.
At times he finds himself speculating that mankind as an evolving species may still be in an early, vulnerable, fledgling state, as much at risk from itself as from environmental factors and competition from other species. He sometimes wonders whether it may be necessary - albeit difficult - for us as a species to shed many of the attributes and ingrained reflexes developed during our evolutionary struggle for survival so far before we can hope to reach our destiny as a mature species on the wider stage.
He has explored some of these issues in his novel Morphosis, published by CreateSpace and available via Amazon.