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.