My following article below was originally published on SERIOUS WONDER:
“If my obsession was eternal life, Navid’s obsession was touch.”
– Monica Byrne
Imagine attending a conference where a hologram of the future transcends space and time to tell a love story. And not just any love story, but one which carries the weight of exponential progress over the course of centuries, including its ramifications as a result. That is what sci-fi writer Monica Byrne has provided here (below) during her latest TED Talk.
“Science fiction writer Monica Byrne imagines rich worlds populated with characters who defy our racial, social and gender stereotypes. In this performance, Byrne appears as a hologram named Pilar, transmitting a story of love and loss back to us from a near future when humans have colonized the universe. “It’s always funny what you think the future is going to be like versus what it turns out to be,” she says.”
This sci-fi love story is almost Shakespearean in nature, whereby the tale of love is intrinsically intertwined with the follies of pride and death. What starts off as a tale of two lovers filled with nothing more than pure exuberance and glee, turns into a lesson about life, death, and the choices of which eventually leads you to both.
It might not be the happiest love story, but it’s a story of which forces the listener to pay attention to their actions and their subsequent implications.