City Of The Future Sinks Into The Ocean

(Photo courtesy Shimizu Corp.)

My family is full of engineers.

I am one, the husband is another, my father is one as well. My cousins are engineers, my uncles are engineers, my husband’s cousins are engineers . . . you get the idea. Believe it or not, even my toddler is opinionated about how things should be constructed. Guess she inherited a certain genetic disposition.

When I started dabbling in writing, matters got somewhat amusing. Now, I have as much fun writing about these fantastic worlds, as my engineer-ridden family loves to critique them. Yes, they research and cross check distances between galaxies, they question the functioning of elevator systems and they challenge the temperature regulating features of diving gear with gusto.

My team of engineers had fun questioning every scientific detail in my first book, “The Xifarian Conspiracy,” and they enjoyed arguing about the viability of Zagran, the underwater capital I dreamed up for the Jjord in my second, “The Secrets of Zagran.”

An excerpt from “The Secrets of Zagran,” the first sighting of ‘The City’

“Sprawled all along the left of the transport line was a structure that could have popped out of a dream. It was a breathtaking arrangement of shimmering shapes, a composition of gigantic bubbles stacked and connected with each other through a complex series of tunnels, passages, and corridors. Its transparent surface gleamed in the soft blue light filtering through the waters; the curves and the bulges that housed the city reflected the myriad of colorful sea creatures that swam all around it.”

As expected, there was a lot of back and forth with the design of my underwater city of Zagran (most of which made the city design better, I have to admit).

Barely a few days before my book was released, I came across the following news.


From the The Telegraph, By Julian Ryall, Tokyo:

Japanese firm devises plan for an Ocean Spiral community that descends nine miles to the seabed

(Photo courtesy Shimizu Corp.)

With dry land increasingly at a premium, a Japanese construction company has come up with a plan to sink a spiralling city into the depths of our oceans.

Each Ocean Spiral will be home to about 5,000 people, according to Shimizu Corp., with each structure also incorporating business and office facilities, hotel and entertainment facilities.

A blueprint for the city of the future was unveiled in Tokyo this week, with Shimizu confidently predicting that the first of its underwater cities would be ready for residents to move in as early as 2030.

Read the rest of the article at The Telegraph


Isn’t it blissful when your wildest ideas get validation?

S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.

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