Literature in the form of simple books, I believe will never die. Surely they can wax and wane with popularity, but the literature itself is eternal. I believe it is literature where all other written art forms have come from (with exception perhaps to the play and the song, as they existed first). Every episode, every series, and every story of anything ever aired on screen or radio has been guided by a script. Each and every story told told for the sake of news, or for entertainment was guided by written word. Every word was carefully placed by one writer, or a team of several writers to guide the narrative in a chosen direction. Television dramas in recent years have undergone a shift towards longer branching narratives, as opposed to the serial dramas of sitcoms dominating television in the 1980s. Movies, and even video games take on artistic perspectives these days as their stories become more and more complicated. Video games especially have become less Aristotelian for the sake of fun, and more Brechtian with philosophical components. Literature now is no longer confined to the written word, and instead can translate into more dimensions; like a circle somehow becoming a sphere before our very eyes. Thinking back on 2312, I feel that more than anything else in the model for how we analyzed the book, this was a story about individual freedom being opposed by the collective. Looking at the two lead characters, Swan and Wahram, we see two individual examples of both the individual and the collective. Swan is a free spirit who hates obeying society's expectations placed upon her. She modifies her body in ways inconceivable to our minds in 2020. She does what she pleases with herself each and every day, so long as it isn't getting someone else hurt. Swan does these things for the sake of fun, and for the sake of having done it. Meanwhile Wahram allows himself to have fun, but in very different and contemporary ways. He takes his time to appreciate things slowly and with acute detail. His mind is more suited to logical thinking rather than impulsiveness. His hobbies, interests, and his own body modifications were carefully chosen and carefully appreciated. The two are equal and opposing forces. Yet where they differ brings them closer to one another out of curiosity. Neither dismisses the other as wrong or inferior; instead they come together and join their methodologies as a partnership. I feel that they are an example of the way things "should" be in this universe.
Pulling our perspective to a macro level, we can see more clearly that the solar system as a whole tells a much different story. Regularly, Robinson draws attention to Mars and its regular political moves that set it appart from the landscape of the rest of the solar system. Mars constantly marches to the beat of its own drum, joining no accords, no alliances, and actively leaving any that they had become a part of. This ultimately proves to be a mistake, as ultimately they are drawn back into the Mondragon accord once again. Additionally, we see the turmoil on Earth prevalent throughout. The collective is made up of individuals vying for power and control, all threatening to cancel each other out. The reason I feel the book ends the way it ends is because perhaps Swan and Wahram represent the ideal means of the individualist and the collectivist joining together? With the threat of the Qubes gone, and many loose ends of the plot neatly wrapped up in the span of a few pages in the epilogue, the individual and the collective are now free to been themselves in harmony once more. Ironic, considering the Qubes wanted nothing more than to be individuals against the collective as well, and were destroyed for their efforts.