The Spokane County Library District (SCLD) carries many science fiction novels depicting grim futures that may seem more plausible during the federal government shutdown. Books that may have once seemed like social satire or escapist fiction may now seem more like eerily accurate warnings about how things could get worse for local veterans in the greater Spokane area and others who may have been affected by programs they rely upon losing their funding.
The food shortages described in books such as George Orwell's "1984" or "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins have come one step closer to reality for some families in the Spokane area because The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) lost its funding and stopgap measures had to be made at the state level to continue providing services to several million women and young children throughout the nation.
Other federal programs that help some people in the Spokane area lost their funding as well. Things aren't quite as bad as Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian state locked in a neverending war that constantly monitors its citizens through two-way televisions, but the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and the invasive nature of Facebook Graph Search may seem close enough to some people in the community.
Many of the science fiction novels on the shelves of SCLD depict future societies that may have initially been intended as warnings about the dangers of communism, or commentary on gender issues (such as "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood) may now seem more like guidebooks to help people survive in these trying times.
To learn more about these books, please view the list.