Today’s Contemplation: And Now For Something Completely Different, Part 4
While I take a break from my Contemplation posts and specifically the energy series I began (see here for Part 1, Part 2), here is the fourth installment of chapters from the fourth book in my fictional novel series (that stalled a few years ago but have ready). I will continue to share some of these over the next little while. Here are the links to PDF files of Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, and now Chapter 4.
The storyline: Flowing from actual world events, a damaged environment, dwindling energy resources, and a manipulated market-economy all come crashing together in this tale about the social and individual impact of stresses that overwhelm a precarious and complex global system. Supply chain interruptions, border disputes, increased fascism, growing protest movements, and mass migration out of rural areas into cities dominant the new normal.
Basically, this is a tale (set in Canada) about the individual (and societal) reactions to a breakdown of our complex systems. Life is proceeding ‘normally’ for most while a marginalised minority are increasingly concerned about the unsustainability of our way of life. Governments begin to clash with domestic populations while the machinations of some of the ruling caste, especially around energy systems, is exposed. Chapters trace the lives and experiences of a handful of people during the timeframe of about 3 months before to 3 months after a grid-down situation…
If you’ve read any of these chapters and are intrigued by the storyline, I would like to offer you a PDF version of Book 1 at no charge. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org to request it; I just need your email — a paperback version is available online through my publisher and other book sites. If you REALLY enjoyed the chapter(s) and/or have got something out of my writing, please consider ordering the trilogy (PDF files; only $9.99 Canadian) via my website the ‘profits’ of which help me to keep my internet presence alive…I am currently only 8 books short of Book 1 sales to reach my tongue-in-cheek goal of 423 copies sold (1 more than the 422 copies of John Cusack’s character’s — Curtis Jackson — book sales in the movie 2012). Encouraging others to read my work is also greatly appreciated.