Tag: Global Warming

AL CLARK by Jonathan G. Meyer

Posted August 31, 2015

A thousand specially selected people leave a troubled Earth for a new start on a virgin world many years away. Their starship is state-of-the-art and entirely automatic; its passengers safely sleeping through the long journey. All possible scenarios have been taken into account except one. There is no way to predict sabotage.

Al Clark wakes to begin a new life, alone on a crippled starship with no memory of what transpired to place him there.

It is the beginning of a quest that will take him places he could not have imagined, manage feats he would not have thought possible, and teach him the true meaning of friendship.

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Author Interview: Autumn Seigel

Posted August 28, 2015

Autumn Seigel

Author Autumn Seigel, 21, resides in the small town of Wapakoneta, Ohio. Autumn loves to read, write, and draw. When she is not writing her original works, she is practicing her craft by writing fanfiction or drawing manga. Autumn writes in the genres of Science Fiction and Dystopian and all the way to the corners of Paranormal Romance.


1) When did you first discover your love for writing?
I discovered it in 2008 when I was in Washington DC for my 8th grade school trip. I was bored and wrote an anime fanfiction mashup for Shugo Chara and Kingdom Hearts.

2) Do you have a favourite place to write?
The library is where I have no distractions and can write easily.

3) Do you have a writing routine or process that you adhere to?
Nope, I just sit down and write when the need occurs.

4) Are there any authors or specific books you aspire to?
JK Rowling for a trad publisher. She was rejected a bunch of times before a publisher finally accepted her. For self-pub, I say Amanda Hocking because she started the same way I am now and became bestselling overtime.

5) What inspired you to write ReAwaken?
In 2012, the Mayan Calendar Apocalypse was the top of the news. I wrote the story with that theme in mind during the 2012 NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Now that theme seemed dated so I decided to change it to something happening now…and that was Global Warming.

6) Can you tell us a little about your book?
ReAwaken is about a young girl who wakes up in a school with no recollection on how she got there. She must remember her past in order to save the world from a destruction she can cause.

7) Do you have a favourite amongst all your characters?
I love Trey Mason, the son of the antagonist and Arianna’s best friend. He can be funny in times that it’s not needed and can make someone smile. He’s kind of like me.

8) Does your book contain a message for readers to consider?
Trust your friends is one but it also can give an awareness to Global Warming as well.

9) Would you be interested in sharing a teaser?

ReAwaken

10) What would say has been your biggest challenge and achievement in writing ReAwaken?
The biggest challenge was having characters with no emotions or memories. The achievement would be finally finishing the book after 4 years.

11) What have you learned about yourself as a writer through writing ReAwaken?
That to never give up on learning something new. I have a learning disability so it’s hard to do some things. I actually have a hard time explaining things thoroughly and have learned so much hands on with my editor.

12) Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors?
Never give up. No matter how many times you think you will fail, keep going. You may inspire someone else in your journey. You can do anything if you set your mind to it and push through those doubts and bad thoughts.

13) And finally, do you have any future works planned?
I actually am working on a web series on Wattpad called “The Polygon War Novels”. It’s another Science Fiction and will be a trilogy. It has the mathematical polygon systems in it with a seriously awesome prophecy involved. Link:


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ReAwaken


Blogging A-Z: G is for… Global Warming

Posted April 10, 2015

Global warming

Another popular theme in science fiction. I have read numerous books and watched countless films with Global Warming at the fore, be it snow, rain, ice, wind, tornados, tsunamis, or an all out end of the world as we know it… they all arise from this theme. I’ve learned about the effect of collapsing ice shelves (The day after Tomorrow), the devastating effects of solar flares (2012) as well as ‘witnessing’ a variety of environmental experiments via the films on the Syfy channel, (the acting is bad, the scripts are awful, but some of the concepts are quite good).

Global_Temperature_Anomaly.svgSo… Global warming is the ‘century-scale rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system and its related effects’(Wikipedia)

Extreme Weather

Extreme weather conditions are often cited as a direct result of Global Warming, whether we have the hottest January on record or an increase in Hurricanes.

In Science Fiction, extreme weather is frequently the cause of Earth’s impending demise, with characters racing to counter the unprecedented extremes, or succumb to them.

In most of the films I’ve watched with extreme weather scenarios, the scientists are very fortunate in that they have sophisticated equipment to warn them about the incoming storm/hurricane/flood/volcanic eruption etc etc, but refuse to believe the given results – even though the equipment is doing what it was designed to do. There is of course that one character who isn’t fooled, who tries to convince the majority, but by the time they start listening to him/her, it’s usually too late.

The Barren Earth

In my mind, a future with continued Global Warning is that of a barren, drought-ridden expanse of land where little grows, livestock dies and water – or what is left of it – becomes our most valuable resource. An article on CS Globe discusses a controversial scientist’s claim that Earth could be heading towards something he refers to as Venus syndrome, ‘where global warming becomes so bad Earth can no longer sustain human life.’ (source), although his vision is the opposite of mine (rising sea levels).

greenhouse-effect-500x295The truth is, we are abusing the planet we rely on to support life. We’ve become a busy little place over the last one hundred years or so, chopping down trees, dipping into natural resources such as oil and gas, pumping chemicals into the sky… and if the Greenhouse effect is to be believed, it’s going to get hotter.

I did watch a program about this a few years back, and I can’t remember all the details, but I’m pretty sure the scientists were arguing that Earth went through a natural cycle of warm and cold spells – implying that what we’re being told isn’t all doom and gloom, but I suppose time will tell who is right and who isn’t.

Dead Earth

Another possible scenario for us (and this one is very futuristic), is that the Earth did indeed achieve the status of ‘Venus syndrome,’ is totally beyond the ability to support life, and those of us who could afford it (or were just plain lucky), have moved on to new pastures. Our technology has usually advanced to the point where we’ve created ships that are capable of travelling great distances, and usually with faster than the speed of light travel, or with the ability to jump from one point in space to another. We’ve discovered new life-supporting planets and have taken what remains of humanity aboard these great ships, although in some science fiction, the journey has already been taken and life couldn’t be better…