Saturday, March 24, 2012

Creeping Reality -- Climate Change

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"Venus Loop" is a science fiction novella depicting how climate change spawned by industrial pollution destroyed a civilization on the planet Venus long ago.  Such sci-fi visions of ecological catastrophe are nothing new, of course.  Percival Lowell's vision of the planet Mars as a dying world ravaged by drought and rung by irrigation canals inspired a generation of science fiction writers, such as Edgar Rice Burroughs.

But, as it so often does, reality seems to be catching up with science fiction. As real-life climate change continues to intensify right here on Earth, the state of Texas is facing record-breaking stretches of scorching temperatures.  (And, its not even summer, yet!)  In addition to the disastrous wildfires Texas has suffered, this heat wave is also causing devastating drought.  Water shortages in the Lonestar state are forcing its people to drastically re-examine their water use and conservation policies.  In an eerie shade of Lowell and Burroughs, the town of Robert Lee, TX is now building a 12-mile water pipeline to convey water from the neighboring town of Bronte.  See story:

Will massive trans-continental canals such as Lowell imagined on Mars one day become the new reality on Earth?Even now, water shortages in Texas are beginning to spawn disputes between the farmers, residents and tourists in the state.  It's not hard to envision a whole new kind of Texan range war over water rights in the not-too-distant future.

The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has recently been covering the widespread effects of climate change, (see above links) including rising sea levels which threaten coastal habitation in several countries, including the United States.  Such coverage is a good sign, since the American news media have been remiss in covering this vital issue.  Despite such ecological disasters, and the consistent warnings of the world's leading climatologists, the American public remains widely skeptical about climate change, choosing to believe in the pseudo-scientific (and completely unsupported) fantasy that climate change is nothing more than a naturally recurring cycle that will run its course as it supposedly has in the past.  The public did briefly grasp the enormity of the climate change emergency, but that was before the economy tanked, leaving people more concerned with the immediate problem of how to find jobs, than with the larger concern of what kind of world their children might inherit.  Now, with fuel prices rising, dire circumstances like those in Texas hitting home, and public disfavor toward corporate America still simmering, perhaps the public will finally begin to support common-sense legislation that would reduce carbon output by taxing companies that pollute and giving the money back to the energy consumers, and by financially rewarding companies that advance non-polluting forms of alternative energy.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Vampire Fiction - Desert Flower of vampire fiction and creatures of the night...

Check out "Desert Flower," my latest vampire novelette from Eternal Press:

A lost dream, a desperate hope...lost innocence, and a horror black as night.

A young girl's innocence is ripped from her when she is turned against her will into a vampire. Hunted and alone, Fleurette longs for escape from her hellish existence of eternal night,blood-letting and carnage.

In war-torn Afghanistan, another young girl, Ruhee has been cast into another kind of dark bondage as a child bride. Raped, tormented and suffering, she longs for escape. These two lost souls find a strange but pure form of sisterly love together as they survive side-by-side in a world gone mad. Ruhee must grow up amid war and turmoil.

As if American predator drones and the deadly raids of the Taliban were not bad enough, she must keep her "sister"'s dark secret, while merciless vampire hunters lurk in the shadows.

When Ruhee comes of age and finds an unlikely but pure love with a brave but deeply troubled_young Taliban soldier named Batal, Ruhee finds herself trapped between light and darkness. Her heart is torn in two, and she must make an impossible choice between love and immortality, as her young life teeters on the brink of hell.


Fleurette started, her head snapping up from the throat of the mountain bandit she’d just killed, his blood still warm as it dripped from her lips. She sensed something riding on the cold desert wind. A lonely spirit, reaching out in pain and longing. Not like a roaming ghost, but alive. And, close. An innocence that touched her heart, pure as a flower growing alone in the desert. The moonlight washed silver across the sand and the rocks. The shadow of the lonely soul in pain reached out, beckoning from the village nearby. Inviting her. She spread herself upon the night wind and followed…