Researchers at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville just released the results of a study that seems to indicate that optimism is good for your health. Specifically, that feeling optimistic about your health can boost your immune system.
So I’m asking you – for your own good, mind you – to check out SHINE, an anthology of near-future, optimistic science fiction edited by Jetse De Vries. Authors including Alistair Reynolds, Holly Phillips, Kay Kenyon and many more contribute stories that depict a future where our planet’s problems are not insurmountable, although victory over them may be hard-won.
I like post-apocalyptic literature. I’ve always been enamored of end-of-the-world scenarios. Partly it’s because they frighten me so much, I guess. Growing up in the shadow of the Cold War – plus a heaping helping of dizzily eschatological sermons from the church of my youth – absolutely convinced me that the end could come at any moment…a howl of sirens, a flash of heat and light…nothing but dust and ashes forever and ever, amen. I developed this interest as a sort of compensatory facade, perhaps. Maybe my way of whistling past the graveyard. In any case, I fell for apocalyptic fiction really hard.