It is not an accident of History that Thomas More’s Utopia was written at the early stages of European global conquest. Utopia needs to be “away.” Apart from. Nowhere, but also elsewhere. King Utopus separated Utopia from the mainland, creating an island. (Pause & consider the relationship between power & major works—from Karl Wittfogel: from the control of nature comes the control of people.) This separation is critical. Much as the entrenchment of technological systems makes it difficult to predict the future, the geographical separation of utopian societies makes it possible to conceive that they might exist. Also, and I’m still wrestling with this, King Utopus conquered the Abraxans to create his ideal society. “We don’t know much of the society that Utopia and his armies destroyed—that’s the nature of such forced forgetting—but we know its name,” writes China Miéville. “It’s mentioned en swaggering colonial passant, a hapax legomenon”: Abraxa.