As I was taking another look at one of the MagicLand Chronicles on Medium the other day to gather a piece of art for my next newsletter, a rather ugly feeling entered my soul.
I realized upon reading it that some folks might interpret this short story and MagicLand itself as an endorsement of sorts for the Plandemic theory regarding Covid-19.
If you don’t know about the term “Plandemic”, consider yourself lucky. It’s just another in the long list of idiotic conspiracy theories promulgated by science deniers and QAnon types.
I conceived of the historical background for MagicLand before Covid-19 hit us. I guess as writers we could simply not write certain things when we see foolish conspiracy theories, but for one thing, I wasn’t aware of the conspiracy theory as I was working on the novel, and two, why should I let writing decisions be dictated by idiots?
I trust my readers to be intelligent enough to not worry about such things. Life is hard enough when we don’t allow ourselves to be guided by peer-reviewed science.
And so I will say that even if I had known about such nonsense as the “Plandemic”, I would not change the part of the novel where something like that sort of happens.
If anything, the novel is much more of a warning about climate change than anything else. And hopefully, a vision that claims that human beings, for all their faults, can rise above dire circumstances and treat one another with love and kindness.
If you want to read the story in question, you can find it here: