Looking Back at Covid From the Year 2100

What will the great upheaval of 2020 look like in hindsight? That’s one question that writer Peter Leyden is addressing in his new speculative fiction series The Transformation.

In its first installment, the fictional Stuart Rand—perhaps a reference to the Whole Earth Catalog editor Stewart Brand—reflects on the changes he’s witnessed in his century-long life, looking back from the year 2100. For instance, he writes that viewed from a distance, the timing of the Covid-19 pandemic was actually ideal, arriving after the digital revolution made it possible for…