When you’re one step ahead of the crowd you’re a genius. When you’re two steps ahead, you’re a crackpot.
–Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
This blog serves two purposes. The first is to highlight my recently published fictional novel, Olduvai. The second is to highlight (via posts/tweets) current events that tie into the book’s theme: energy depletion, environmental degradation, increasing loss of liberty, geopolitical tensions, and economic decline.
The title of the book, Olduvai, is derived from the ‘Olduvai Theory’, proposed by Richard Duncan in 1986. Duncan argues that humanity is destined to return to a stone-age way of life with the global loss of the electrical power grid in the not too distant future. He used the term ‘Olduvai’ to make reference to the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, Africa; this area has been a treasure trove of hominid and pre-hominid fossils made most famous by the multi-generational explorations of the Leakey family.
The book uses ‘current’ events (see Topics link above) to create a fictional tale that has the perfect storm of crises (i.e. damaged environment, dwindling energy resources, and the implosion of a manipulated global financial system). It documents the social and individual impact of stresses that have overwhelmed the complex systems we depend upon.
While set in Canada, the topics and issues impact us all, regardless of location. More detail about the book can be found by following the links in the header above.
Book sales needed to reach goal (read this): 358
W. Queale, Jr.: “...the book centers on life in Canada, but the issues are easily translated into parallel events that one can fantasize might happen in the U.S., or can lead you to pack the SUV with food, water and survival gear, depending on your perspective on what is happening around the world...”
J.R. Phelps: “...Very thought-provoking and though fiction, realities are embedded into the story and you will actually start to wonder about the collapse of the world economy and how not so far off it could be...”