Julian Comstock by Robert Charles Wilson is a novel that falls into the category of future history. The story is written in the form of a memoir by Adam Hazzard, a friend and confiidante of the title character. It’s set in the late 22nd Century. The United States has taken over Canada and has 60 states, but it’s not any America that we recognize. Elections are a formality. Presidents serve for life. The middle class has given way to indentured servitude, and The Dominion of Jesus Christ (based at the former US Air Force Academy) is the state religion.
We, that is 21st Century Americans, are referred to as the secular ancients. Official histories been purged of things like evolution and space travel. There’s been a collapse. The oil ran out. The cities, deprived of the fuel of modern life collapsed. There were a number of “false tribulations”, and naturally, people turned to religion to make sense of everything.
Into this setting, is dropped Julian Comstock, the President’s nephew whose father was a popular general and killed for that reason. Julian has other ideas.
This is where I worry about books like this. It’s clearly not an endorsement of dominion theology, but I get worred that it’s going to go into the direction of rationalism. Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth Series is an example of this happening.
Fortunately, that does not seem to be the case, and I look forward to finishing it up. I recommend it to others.