A relic of civilization survives. Is this our future? John Grey gives his thoughts on this massive work by Mervin Peake who grew up in China which heavily influences his writing. He was also a superb illustrator. Is the coming century China’s? Only time will tell. Strange that the USA with its Constitution enshrining individual liberty and justice for all should sacrifice them so easily in its war on terror. Is the USA, currently the world’s dominant superpower, going to buckle in the face of the increasing influence of China?
A more distant viewpoint was taken by Olaf Stapledon in his very influential and prescient writings (Last and First Men 1830, Starmaker 1938) which describe the rise and fall of civilizations over millennia.