Are you fascinated by ‘the road not taken,’ I am? What might have been? What would the world have been, what has been lost? These speculations are often triggered by major events such as wars, revolutions and the like. In the world of fiction we see books about the Confederacy winning the civil war, or Germany and Japan triumphant in WWII.

Perhaps more subtly George Orwell’s 1984 warning of a loss of personal freedom, that has only partially come true.

When our society came to the fork in the road we took the course we did by the narrowest of margins, sometimes traceable to one or a few persons. Think of ‘the few’ in the Battle of Britain air war, or of a Mahatma Gandi in India. So the alternative history was nearly upon us, and those who lived it were not even aware!

Shakespeare says ‘There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and misery,’ he meant that great seismic changes seem to flow inevitably, but they can start with imperceptible events.

Which brings me to my book, ‘Freelandia’ in which subtle trends today snowball into a brave new world of the future. If you do not like this new world remember another famous quote … ‘All that evil needs to succeed is that good men do nothing.’


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