- The Venus Syndrome (Part One, 17 June 2008)
- The Venus Syndrome (Part Two, 18 June 2008)
- The Venus Syndrome Re-visited (5 December 2008)
even winning a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007--keeps reminding us that we must take steps now to prevent calamity, why isn't this happening? Sure, we have some scientist, mostly financially supported by the fossil industry, now and then capturing headlines when they cherry-pick scientific data and jump on actual mistakes innocently made by researchers. But why do the masses sometimes believe them? How can a problem regularly considered to be the most serious problem facing humanity continue to be largely ignored?
Clathrate Gun Hypothesis (essentially, enormous amounts of methane were released 56 and 252 million years ago, triggering near total extinction of life) is induced with the sudden release of methane into our atmosphere, quickly increasing the temperature of of our globe to catastrophic levels. I've been mulling over a solution to this crisis for several years, and appear now ready to actually write that novel.
SETI Institute's Allen Telescope Array, just like in CONTACT, detecting decipherable signals in the form of an Encyclopedia Galactica, which provide key clues on how our society might develop a solution to survive. While definitely far-fetched, after nearly a decade of pondering over how to avoid extinction, this is the best I can at this point do. The end of human life (bacteria and cockroaches will no doubt survive...and perhaps in time evolve into another form of intelligent life) could well also be a pathway. After all, this will be a book to scare decision-makers, and, maybe even become a Spielberg film.