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THE GRASS IS ALWAYS BROWNER

This speculative fiction novel begins 250 years in the future when Australia is governed by the Yabras, an indigenous dynasty. Abajoe, 21, lives with family members in an empty apartment building in deserted Meanjin, the state capital city evacuated after famine and flooded by risen sea level. He grows food hydroponically and experiments with hybrid meat animals, half rabbit and half possum, to discover population limits by dynamic modelling under harsh Australian conditions, with grass always browned by drought. His findings influence immigration policy and relations with Bhakaria, a crowded neighbouring nation with territorial ambitions. The epic story follows his life and loves as Prime Minister in a culturally divided nation, surviving by insurrection and forging a new future for all the people from experience of sectarian conflict in history.

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ANIMAL FARM 2 – MY CLIMATE CHANGE STORY

My book is at the publisher’s and I am able to relax after a career dealing with energy technologies as a chemical engineer and science teacher.

I feel duty bound to tell the theories of my alternative paradigm before public policy disasters occur. I do not accept that it is too late or disloyal to criticize authorities who are responsible.

Animal Farm 2 has three major themes: animal liberation, totalitarianism and climate change. Meat eating is pilloried as speciesism and hypocrisy. The book is more concerned with animal welfare than achieving the sanctity of vegan diets.

The focus on totalitarianism takes the baton from George Orwell’s, relating World events since Stalin’s death as continuation of dictatorships, tyranny, oppression and fear. These have continued on a fictitious island called Caruba and elsewhere, into modern times.

My story satirizes climate science. It morphs into the emissions control space a new radical climate science paradigm, killing several sacred cows. It refocusses concern for global warming on to heat emissions and consumption of all energy.

The concern of the book is to draw attention to ideas in the climate science space that are satirized by portraying farm animals considering them, seriously with good humour.

I am speaking out because there are climate delusions and conspiracies that don’t make good sense to be exposed. I haven’t speculated on existence of evil puppeteers pulling the strings to keep the Middle East in turmoil, nor on cabals of scientists trying to destroy the coal, oil and tar sands industries. My concern is arbitrary relation of false climate theories to energy technologies, as climate alarmism and restriction of emissions.

The book isn’t intended to be the last word on anything, with the new climate science paradigm as a philosophically sound scientific rework of climate control arts.

I expect the book to be published by June 2021. Pre-orders can be made online at through my website or on Amazon and other bookstores. Pre-releases will be available. 

CLIMATE TALK RULED BY STEREOTYPES

Why do people talk passionately using theories they often don’t understand in situations that are not defined? Climate change is a sport and knowing the moves of the sides can limit dirty play. 

BELIEVERS want their majorities to rule over everyone by the consensual decrees of international forums. They don’t want further investigation because they are already sufficiently mobilised by their beliefs. Their edicts contradict and overrule scientific and democratic freedoms, which is autocracy at best and at worst hegemonic tyranny. 

DENIERS is the name Believers use to label as heretics those who challenge their monotheism with arguments they are unable to counter with reason. The heresy is claimed to be self-evidently false, dishonest, illogical and too stupid to be considered. Denying is often claimed to have motives corrupted by greed, ignorance and self-interest.  Believers sometimes call for reprisals against deniers. When they reject others’ beliefs, believers lack convincing evidence and their defence usually fails miserably. There is little evidence and beliefs are so fragile that compromise between believers and deniers is impossible. 

SCEPTICS simply don’t know and their views are less acceptable to believers than deniers, because they are a moving target of doubt, compared with deniers who have an alternative reality. Sceptics remain to be convinced that climate change is significant when there is no accepted standard for significance and there has been bias. Sceptics want climate change to be significant before launching into remedial action. They want evidence that there is a greenhouse effect and that CO2 traps more infrared, molecule for molecule, than N2 and O2, rather than the same, which is what respectable theories suggest. Most scientists would be sceptics if they had the courage.

Believer, Denier and Sceptic, like The Three Monkeys, operate with different engagement, as mankind migrates across the savannah of human understanding of climate. Believers lead the migration to better environments, creating different survivors. They are opposed by deniers who, like predators, select their prey from the ranks of the young, the old and the disabled and pursue them in arguments to exhaustion. More agile believers are advantaged by sacrifice of the weakest. Sceptics apply reality tests to believers’ progress, checking their theories for veracity by science and logic. Sceptics try to mediate between believers and deniers.  Sceptics must win, eventually, when the believers stop believing in a better climate.

My speculative fiction novel The Grass is Always Browner considers Australia 250 years in the future.

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TRUMP LESS RESTRAINED THAN WHITLAM

In the wake of an insurrection in the US on January 6th, 2021, it will be interesting to see how long before Australia’s republicans again want to do away with the Queen’s Governor General, as if the role is expendable.

My book: The Grass is Always Browner, on Amazon, is a political thriller of speculative fiction that considers Australia’s political future with leadership by a dynasty of Aborigines. https://martinknox.com 

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