It’s been over a year since An Absolute Mind was released. When I had first started writing it, while I had considered all the possibilities on how many of today’s issues and circumstances could change – mostly for the better – in the future to come, I didn’t realize just how on point I’d be with my optimistic future. From same-sex marriage legalized in all 50 states in the United States, to the subject matter addressed about suppressing particular people’s rights, writing a novel where life, in small ways, imitated art became a constant.
It’s crazy to see how that still continues to go on, beyond the political climate. This past week, I came across an article on how even the sciences are started to imitate the existences contained within my futuristic world of 2064. Apparently, MIT recently created plants that can glow, and how glowing trees can soon replace our needs for streetlights.
Sound familiar? If you’ve read An Absolute Mind, it should. This breakthrough at MIT is obviously reminiscent of the glowing plants presented throughout the novel; such as the landscape that surrounds Whistler Pond on the Las Palomas University campus, Gaya’s Garden on Palekaiko, and the roses in the White House Rose Garden.
There are, of course, a few differences between the existences of my fictional glowing plants and the glowing plants developed at MIT. Putting glowing trees for actual use as natural streetlights was the furthest thing from my mind, for the glowing plants in my novel were more so for aesthetic purposes; often planted at special locations or for special purposes such as at university campuses or for memorial gardens. Even how the plants glow in both universes have their share of differences. If you read the article, you’ll learn how an enzyme called luciferase and a molecule called Co-enzyme A were injected into a watercress plant, to create a glow that emitted for four hours. In my novel, plants are engineered ahead of its growth for where any sunlight that isn’t consumed via the process of photosynthesis is instead let off as a glow in the night.
Despite the differences, perhaps a notable similarity is the parallel they both have to another bunch of fictional glowing plants; the ones that are found on Pandora in the film “Avatar.” The plants in the film were the initial inspiration for the plants in An Absolute Mind and it was through the official “Avatar” Facebook page that I first found out about this breakthrough for MIT.
How strange it is for the parallels between the future presented in An Absolute Mind and the present day continue to go on, even over a year after its release. I’m not sure what that says about me when it comes to writing science fiction, but it can most certainly say a thing or two about the ideas that transcend more than one mind. It’s not always in the larger scheme of things like the themes addressed in the novel, but in the intricate details as well.
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