(RNS) — While finishing his novel “The Last Emperox” this past fall, science-fiction writer John Scalzi began to imagine how people would react to a future cataclysm that would disrupt their entire way of life. Some would go through five stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Some might cancel contracts or business deals, saying the cataclysm was an act of God. Others might argue some people have to be sacrificed for the greater good.

Then, just as the book was about to debut, all those things started happening in real life.

“It’s really weird to be on point about what’s going on currently in the world despite having written the book six months ago and all the events taking place 1,500

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