2121: A Tale from the Next Century
The futuristic world of 2121 has suffered a schism. Humanity has been split between the ‘Others' and the Neo-Puritan, Neo-Platonic, ‘N-Ps'. The Others are a decadent sector of society, who are ruled by their desires, instincts and every whim. Their lifestyle is pure hedonism, they are ageless and beautiful, but this seemingly perfect existence is wholly reliant on technology left over by previous generations. Sustained by machines, these 'ideal' humans are haplessly dependent on the creations of their ancestors.
Into this unmarked, timeless community walks Fred, the first visitor from a far-off land. He comes from the N-Ps, his society is the polar-opposite to the Others. They are governed by logic, revolted by the mindless, unfettered decadence of the Others. Fred arrives to study the pleasure seeking Others. A model N-P, Fred is initially repulsed, but as he conducts his explorations, he finds himself developing an awkwardly complicated, and potentially dangerous, relationship with his test subjects.
As Fred observes members of the ‘Dwelling’, he begins to develop complicated notions of caring and protective love. Fred embraces their gaudy, hyperreal life of screens and implants, and in doing so, begins to change himself.
A gripping tale of an individual's spiritual struggle within this darkly complex society, Susan Greenfield's 2121 reveals a dangerously possible future, acting as a startling reminder of our gadget-dependent existence, and a warning about how this dependence could transform into a destabilising reliance. Through Fred, we explore this potential reality and examine the battle between society, humanity, and technology.