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Seidel, Peter

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1926-    ) US architect, planner and author, much of his work in the first two capacities focusing on the Ecological crises of the past half-century. His first nonfiction book, Invisible Walls: Why We Ignore the Damage We Inflict on the Planet ... and Ourselves (1998; rev 2001), directly addresses these issues. The Futures Studies implications of this text are dramatized, at points despairingly, in 2045: A Story of our Future (2009), a Dystopian vision of the fate of the planet in the Near Future if current trends (and ideological patterns of denial) continue unabated by reason. It is a Sleeper Awakes tale, the protagonist having been accidentally put in a coma (see Suspended Animation), and begins to confront a world dominated by a handful of giant corporations whose owners occupy heavily protected Keeps in those parts of the planet still comfortably inhabitable after more decades of Climate Change, Pollution, and the abject behaviour of bought politicians. [JC]

Peter Seidel

born Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 2 December 1926

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