Everyone likes a good crime thriller, and Cold War spy stories are pretty cool too – but what happens when a crime/spy story gets mixed up with utopian hopes?
Imagine a counter-factual East Germany – an East Germany that still exists, an East Germany that didn’t collapse in the revolution of 1989, but introduced radical political and economic changes to stay independent.
Stealing the Future is one of those rare attempts to describe a “realistic utopia” – it seeks to describe that phase of hard work, hope and (seemingly?) insurmountable challenges.
The first book, Stealing the Future, is set in East Germany in 1993, four years after the start of the revolution in 1989. The country is changing fast, transforming itself from a Marxist-Leninist planned society into something equitable and fair – a Grassroots Democratic Republic. But the pace of change shouldn’t be overestimated, there’s a limit to how much can be achieved in just a few years, and opponents to the project can be found on both sides of the Berlin Wall.
The second book in the series, Thoughts are Free, will be available in January 2017.