Do you remember about my short story that Jupiter kindly published called Ripple Effect in is October 2012 issue 38, Pasithee? You don’t? Well it was quite a while ago… but you can buy the Jupiter issue here if you don’t believe what I’m about to write…
It was all about a government committee meeting trying to decide if more government money should be spent on computers to predict the effects of climate change. The actual climate change aspect they were discussing is more difficult to predict than the recent news item which is about the shortage of funds for climate change analysis.
Needless to say I’m cheesed off that my science fiction prediction had quite a bit of truth in it and has obviously not been acted on. And that is despite contacting the Department of Energy and Climate Change through the services of my MP.
Interestingly despite there being flurry of activity to get anthologies out in the UK (probably with a view to getting them published in time for Loncon3), none of them as far as I am aware deal with climate change.
Is it because the science fiction community think there is very little to be added to what they have already said?
Given we are learning more and more the effects of climate change the answer should be no.
It is a pity in these economically constrained times that the government can’t encourage science fiction writers to examine the what ifs a bit more. Maybe they would not only understand more about the potential consequences, but also maybe find a few helpful suggestions about how to deal with this, what could eventually be the nemesis of the human race.