Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Caves of Steel/Gate into Women’s [Covid’s] County: With apologies to Asimov and Tepper

Asimov’s vision 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 groups interacted.  

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.

This pandemic 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. 

1 comment:

  1. It should be noted that Asimov's book is prescient in fact that in 1953 he saw the rise of robots (robots don't get human viruses),another change to our society? Sheri Tepper's book, 1988, although focused on a binary separation of humanity by sex, dealt with a "temporary" process leading to permanent change.