Here I am describing another version of my Environmental Armageddon story. I’ve lost track of how many versions I’ve attempted, and my few dedicated readers of these blog posts must be getting fed up with my dithering.
This version has, I think, three appealing characteristics. First, it is a manageable length – approximately 90,000 words. Second, it is written – I could get on and publish the damn thing. Third, it will be the first book of a trilogy – that might help generate interest.
This first book in my trilogy focuses on scientific and economic implications of attempts to understand and react to climate change. Book Two will focus on industrial and political issues as the world marches inexorably toward Environmental Armageddon. Book Three will look at tentative recovery in a post-apocalyptic world.
Book One could be characterized as Climate Fiction (cli-fi), a recent subgenre of science fiction; Book Two ventures into dystopia; and Book Three, post-apocalyptic fiction, another sci-fi subgenre.
Here is a first draft of a description of book one, the sort of material I will need for the back cover.
A team of oceanography students discover that increased ocean acidity generated by increasing emissions of carbon dioxide will dramatically increase phytoplankton productivity. Investigations show that continuing carbon dioxide emissions won’t have a substantial impact on the global climate for many decades. The observations of increased productivity remain academically interesting, but research into other impacts of global warming eclipse interest in ocean acidification.
Forces that appear beholden to no one implement a technological solution for global warming. Their cure complicates management of the global climate because it fails to address the underlying problem of ever-increasing carbon emissions. Global temperatures are stabilized, but the problem of increased phytoplankton production in the more acidic ocean comes home to roost.
I need to finish my current round of editing – it shouldn’t take more than another week. Then I need to find one or two kind and helpful people who will read the manuscript and provide comments while I engage in developing a marketing strategy. That apparently should include a website (done) and an email newsletter (not done, haven’t a clue where to start). Then I publish the damn thing on Amazon – done that before, should be able to do it again – and hunker down to work on book two (about half done) and book three (barely started).
By then if I’m lucky, the coronavirus restrictions will have been lifted and I can get back to a more normal life.