The Core of Hub City
There is no single science or scientific principle which underlies Hub City Blues. Instead, I have woven a myriad of ideas, science, and technologies which comprise the stories, the horrors, the beliefs and the underlying themes of this compelling and convoluted universe. Before we go any further, I have no relationships with these amazing projects. (I only wish I could.) It was their existence which spurred me to counter the tendency of modern science fiction which proposes dystopian futures without any chance of humanity surviving. I have chosen instead to imagine a world where Humanity makes a last gasp attempt at saving itself, perhaps transformed, probably permanently changed by the experience.
The primary inspiration to the idea of Hub City Blues was the early work of the The Venus Project. The creator of the Venus Project, Jasque Fresco has been a force to be reckoned with in this move toward changing the relationship of humanity with the Earth. He proposed a radical economic model called the Resource Based Economy. You can get more information from the Zeitgeist Movement Official Blog.
This film, called There Is No Tomorrow, created with the Post Carbon Institute and Incubate Pictures discusses in 34 minutes the basic inspiration for what becomes the core ideas of Hub City Blues and the basic tenet indicating “The Future is Unsustainable.”
Microbiology and disease propogation: Antibiotic-resistant diseases pose ‘apocalyptic’ threat, top expert says
Britain’s most senior medical adviser has warned MPs that the rise in drug-resistant diseases could trigger a national emergency comparable to a catastrophic terrorist attack, pandemic flu or major coastal flooding. Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, said the threat from infections that are resistant to frontline antibiotics was so serious that the issue should be added to the government’s national risk register of civil emergencies. She described what she called an “apocalyptic scenario” where people going for simple operations in 20 years’ time die of routine infections “because we have run out of antibiotics”. (From the GuardianUK, 2013)