This is my first post as a member of the The Stiletto Gang, and I’m honored and excited to be included in this group of awesome writers. Thank you.
With the new year now upon us, I ask myself the question that’s on everyone’s mind: What do I wish for? Definitely love and peace. Everywhere and forever. But, in the smaller scheme of things, there is one thing I hope will play a bigger role in novels that are written and published in 2016.
Even as the Paris Accord was signed, and the entire planet agreed that we’re going to move away from fossil fuels toward renewable energies, OPEC chose not to raise prices on crude oil, much to the chagrin of many of its members. We’re still fracking, regardless of how many earthquakes shatter beneath our feet, and our own Congress decided to end our forty-year export ban. This has resulted in cheap gas to remain in place longer than ever before. Just as we were making headway toward cars with better gas mileage and groundbreaking research and innovation in alternative energy supplies, we’re once again going back to our addictive habits. Maybe that was OPEC’s plan all along.
2015 was the hottest year recorded, making El Nino stronger than in previous times. This December has seen floods and tornadoes in a way we haven’t experienced at Christmastime in decades. In the past, it was usually relegated to the spring. While this goes on, we have many in our country who believe this is how nature works, that everything will somehow mend itself, and that nothing needs to be done.
This is where we authors can play a role. We need to write novels that warn, like a beacon in the middle of the ocean--soon to be a much deeper one, of the dire consequences if we stay our course.
There have been movies and novels in the past that have taken on this subject, like Water World and The Thing, but we need new ones that are written with situations that are currently happening, such as the melting of the ice on the North Pole causing viruses to come out of dormancy, or the movement of heat and humidity northward from the tropics, making those areas a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes that transmit infectious diseases or high levels of CO2 warming oceans and killing off coral, the building framework for marine animals.
To many, science can be boring and clinical, but when science is inserted into lives of characters we can relate to and fall in love with, we can understand it better.
And rather than writing dystopian novels about how the Earth has already ended because of climate change, how about we write novels that put the science of it all at its center, where ordinary people and scientists band together to come up with solutions? Solutions that might plant a creative seed in a young person’s mind.
Because when we really think about it, we know through novels, life can sometimes imitate art.