As an urban child, Barbara's getaway from the noise and fast paced city was escaping into the world of books. She lived the lives of characters and subsequently played with alternative scenarios in her own imagination. She created her own plots, added her own role, and changed the world. When she grew up, she realized just how little a person can change in the society, but the habit of alternative scenarios remained. In her own words, Barbara describes her writing as:
"The most talented writer in the world is the life itself, and my books are alternative scenarios of what I read in it."
Often, you will recognize the seeds of her imaginary future dystopian societies in our present, and hopefully it will make you look at things differently. The books she writes deal with intelligent individuals, well-educated, absolutely aware of the world around them, well-read, wise; and their clash with societies whose targets are usually those individuals. Why intelligent and wise individuals are dangerous to any regime is best described in this quote by Osho:
“No Society Wants You to Become Wise”
No society wants you to become wise: it is against the investment of all societies. If people are wise they cannot be exploited. If they are intelligent they cannot be subjugated, they cannot be forced into a mechanical life, to live like robots. They will assert themselves--they will assert their individuality. They will have the fragrance of rebellion around them; they will want to live in freedom.
Freedom comes with wisdom, intrinsically--they are inseparable--and no society wants people to be free. The communist society, the fascist society, the capitalist society, the Hindu, the Mohammedan, the Christian--no society likes people to use their own intelligence because the moment they start using their intelligence they become dangerous, dangerous to the establishment, dangerous to the people who are in power, dangerous to the "haves"; dangerous to all kinds of oppression, exploitation, suppression; dangerous to the churches, dangerous to the states, dangerous to the nations.