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Chapter 13, novel-in-progress Covid-1984, The Musical

In this chapter, we are reliving the fall of 2020. Remember when we were still uncertain that the oligarchs were trying to kill us?  Remember when a few people who were pointing out the obvious were being called conspiracy theorists? Well, I trust my readers have smartened up a bit since then.

I finally bring Felix O’Brien onstage.  A couple of chapters ago, I hinted that the was going to show, but he never did. This time he appears in person.

What did you think when Orwell’s Winston approached O’Brien for help?  Did you guess it was a set up?

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Chapter 12 of novel-in-progress, Covid-1984, The Musical

In this chapter I bring together some major themes of the book, and our of times.  In Amenia, the small-town setting of this story, for many generations there was state school for “feeble-minded children” that employed most of the residents.  It was the site of a horrific scandal in the 1950s: murders, abuse, forced sterilization. It was part of the eugenics movement promoted by US Supreme Court Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. that lasted generations. If the institution were to reopen for business today, they might be locking up moral imbeciles who don’t believe in vaccines or conspiracy theorists who are trying to destroy faith in democracy.

I’m doing some interior renovation of the novel as I get closer to finishing it.  I have a self-inflicted deadline of 9/11 to get this first draft done.  This chapter is out of order for the moment, but the way I write each chapter can stand alone as a short story.

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Chapter 9, novel-in-progress, Covid-1984, The Musical

This might be my favorite chapter so far; I introduce a new character called Koenig Schmidt. If he seems as weirdly and ridiculously sinister as Klaus Schwab, I swear the resemblance is entirely coincidental.

As the Covid narrative starts to crumble (thank you, Canada) and countries and states start walking back mandates, keep in mind that the freakish frontmen of this operation, Fauci, Gates, Schwab, aren’t done with their scripts yet. They will be ushering in a newly concocted crisis any minute now. But do not take them too seriously. They deserve our ridicule. We can disarm them with our laughter.

In this chapter, I describe the ideology that these criminals have cooked up to rationalize their crimes against humanity.

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Chapter 8, novel-in-progress, Covid-1984, The Musical

I have not posted a new chapter for C0VlD-1984 for three weeks. This intermission was due to the fact that I finally got Covid, and then my elderly mom got it.

I’ve done my research. I know early treatments can be effective and I know what it’s like to see the vulnerable suffer from this really nasty bioweapon, whose spikes can cross the blood-brain barrier.

In this chapter, Winston meets with the coroner who has investigated the cause of his mother’s death. Was it due to remdesivir?

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Chapter 7, novel-in-progress, “Covid-1984, The Musical”

Suzanna Hamilton as Julia in Michael Radford’s 1984

In Chapter Seven the love story between Julia and Winston progresses further.  Orwell’s Julia has very little intellectual curiosity about the workings of the Party, which sort of confuses Winston, since he’s very interested.  Julia is more of a survivor than a reformer.  In my version of 1984, I follow Orwell’s lead again in setting up this kind of dynamic between the lovers. But I had to give my female character a little more smarts than Orwell did, since I find Orwell to be a bit sexist in his depiction of his empty-headed female lead. Orwell’s Julia works as a mechanic in the fiction-machine writing department at the Ministry of Truth.  (That’s nice comedy, Orwell.  It really is true that genre fiction might as well be written in a factory.) My Julia uses AI machine learning to create really awful academic papers using the latest feminist and transhumanist jargon.

This chapter is dedicated to my friend Daniel Donnelly. Thank you for your support.

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Chapter 6, novel-in-progress, “Covid-1984, The Musical”

Syme is my favorite character in Orwell’s novel. Remember him? No? He’s the nerdy linguist who is overly enthusiastic about his work reducing the English language to Newspeak. Syme is not a hero. He is one the villains in 1984. But he is a fascinating character in the way he has bought into the lies and helps bring about his own end.

Orwell understood that a natural language is an instrument of thought. If your instrument has plenty of flexibility, ambiguity, and redundancy it can be used creatively. Technologists hate that about language; they try to deny that language is wild and alive and cannot be tamed or reproduced mechanistically.

In this chapter, after bringing Julia and Winston a little closer together, I introduce my version of Syme, who, of course, works in AI translation, today’s equivalent of the Newspeak project.

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