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Glenn Searfoss
Glenn Searfoss Author Interview

Babouc’s Vision is a riveting dystopian science fiction novel with thought-provoking commentary on society. What were some sources that informed this novels development?

The works of Voltaire (The World as it is) and Dante (The Divine Comedy) inspired this book. As well, many events in the work reflect newspaper reports of criminal, social, environmental, and scientific events happening around the world. The bleak nature of these accounts explains the book’s overall dystopian feel, while the hope buried in the stories is gleaned from human perseverance.

Your characters are intriguing and well developed. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I like characters and their interactions between each other, and with their environment to feel as real as possible. In this regard, the sweep of characters in the book allowed me to pull on my experiences and those of people I know who were/are in similar situations.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The multiple themes in this book intertwine into a snarled ball, so it is difficult to extract one without impinging the rest.

  • On a personal emotive level, they range from suppressed but inextinguishable hope, to the grief of personal loss, and a dogged perseverance against impossible odds.
  • On a societal scale they explore the question of intentions versus outcomes and the moral implications of both.
  • And from a practical perspective they examine the inevitable impact of a throw-away society on persons and the environment. Too, there is the realistic impact of advances in technology, especially in genetics as it relates to the everyday business world. (It was a concern expressed by medical professionals that I interviewed.) 

What scene in this book did you have the most fun writing?

It was the running dialog between Edna and Marta in ‘Voyeurs on 3rd and Pelmont’. It captured a lifelong friendship and the impact of fear-based isolation among older people.

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The year is 2041 – and the gods are angry. While Carissa scours the city garbage for food and pretty things to show her grandfather, Tom and April strive to prove themselves genetically suitable to conceive a child. Luis fights to protect his unborn son from the gangs. Nora sits alone in her dark apartment, old, tired, and waiting to die. And Izzy, how did he end up on the street? In the backroom of his appliance repair shop, Harl Babouc putters at his workbench unaware the Gods have chosen him to appraise the people of CynCity. Harl’s world turns upside-down as his mind explodes with the everyday lives of strangers. Struggling to remain sane, he must somehow prove the city’s population deserves to survive.
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