Caves of Steel/Gate into Women’s [Covid’s] County: With apologies to Asimov and Tepper
in the Caves of Steel was a future where social distancing had become a near
universal phobia of close personal contact. Sheri S. Tepper’s Gate into Women’s Country posited a segregation of
the sexes with limited contact and a strict set of rules as to how the two
I see a future where
the human race has been divided into two groups; those who have had the virus
and recovered, and those who have had no exposure to it.The gate between the two groups is in a wall.The rooms separated could take many forms and
the sizes of the two populations could vary dependent on circumstances.The scenarios would be many. A small business
might have two parts of their operations where employees come and go by
different doors and never interact.Schools,
restaurants, sports venues, churches, all might have two separate groups of
participants; patrons and workers. The
gate is only opened when someone new is infected and recovers.
and its effects, many expect, will be temporary; but maybe it won’t be.If there isn’t a vaccine, if the pandemic
rages on; the separation will be necessary and the only solution to an economy where people work, play, and money keeps moving around, will be separation.