Of Newspeak and Urban Wars

give peace a chance

For years I have been a fan of author J.D. Robb (a Nora Roberts pseudonym) and her “In Death” series of books that begin in the year 2058. When I started reading these books, the year 2058 felt far away, as did Orwell’s 1984,  back in the early 70’s when I first read it.

1984 as with  J.D. Robb’s series, aside from intergalactic business ventures and some futuristic household items, share an all too real connection with the world as we know it today.

Government “newspeak” and “big brother ” may have seemed far-fetched when George Orwell wrote 1984 in 1949. Today both are taken for granted. And “thoughtcrime” seems to be imminent.

Robb’s “In Death” series features Lieutenant Eve Dallas, in period of time called post Urban Wars and takes place in New York City. The Urban War, also called Urban Revolt,  was defined as a “violent period of urban unrest” that ended in the year 2020.

It is important to note, that the  Urban War was not contained to the United of America.Per the story, it was also happening in Europe, as well.

In Witness in Death, published in 2000, Robb wrote “At election time, city officials made lofty speeches about revitalizing the area (Alphabet City), made stirring promises to fight the good fight against neglect, crime, and the general decay of the ailing sector of the city. After the elections, the entire matter went back in the sewer to rot and ripen for another term.[15]

When asked if she thinks of the Urban Wars when watching TV, she replied, “I have thought of the Urban Wars a few times when watching the news. A little bit scary.”-Nora Roberts, December 13, 2005.

That was sixteen years ago. Today with the recent violence in Orlando, Dallas, in Paris France, and today in Baton Rouge, LA–I can’t help but believe that the Urban War has just begun…for real.

Something has to change!

I can only hope and pray that we do not witness the mass death and destruction of the Urban War that ended in 2020, as depicted by J.D. Robb.

“All we are asking, is to give peace a chance…”

Note: Some information above was gathered and quoted from the website Wikiindeath 



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