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.


What’s next?

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.

4 thoughts on “Progress?

  1. My paragraphs that might go on back cover are a first draft. Comments like yours will help me make the next draft better.
    The Pottersfield Press competition is for nonfiction. My story is definitely fictional.


  2. What level of commentary/feedback are you looking for at this point? Mostly typo-finding, or are you still at a point where you are looking for feedback on things like the overall story structure? I have never beta-read for anybody, but if I were to volunteer to, I’d ask this first to avoid proposing changes that are out of scope.

    In theory I would be interested in helping as a beat-reader. I think I could commit to reading about 2-3 chapters a week (with the eye toward generating feedback), if that would be of use.

    Well done on the forward progress! 🙂


    1. Hello Mike. Thanks for your enthusiastic response. A little encouragement always helps. I’ve lots of comments on individual chapters of this manuscript, but no one but me has read the whole thing.
      What I really want at this stage is a few people who will read all 90000 words and provide their thoughts on whether the book is interesting and if it works as the first part of the trilogy I described in this blog post.
      I’d like to get that input over the next month or so, then I could decide to proceed to publishing or go back to the drawing board and work on version five, or is it six.
      If you are interested in providing that sort of input, rather than chapter by chapter review, I could send you a doc file, or a pdf file, or a mobi file, or the other kind of ereader file or whatever. I should have it ready to go in about a week.


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