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Neil Gaiman explains why 'Good Omens' is so worryingly relevant today

This article has been published to coincide with an episode of Mashable’s new podcast, Fiction Predictions. Listen here.

30 years ago, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett joined forces to write Good Omens.

The story — a comedy is all about the impending apocalypse — has just been made into a TV show for Amazon Prime. With its themes of war and climate change, it feels more relevant than ever.

“The peculiarity of making Good Omens now, 30 years later… it feels more apt than it did then,” Neil Gaiman told Mashable. “Somebody said to me, ‘So what did you have to update in terms of Armageddon?’ And I was like, ‘Nothing.'”

“All of the issues that we were talking about 30 years ago that may have felt a little bit fringy then — rainforests, climate change, whales, and increase in international tension, and the idea that sorting things out with war is a really bad idea because people get killed — that stuff is just as fresh, and rather more important, than it was then, I think. 

“Because we’ve come 30 years down the road and haven’t fixed anything.”

You can listen to the full interview, which forms part of the latest episode of Mashable’s ‘Fiction Predictions’ podcast, here.

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