(A highly prescient fiction account that helps all of us see the bleak future we are creating.)
Blue Karma (Mar 2019, Spaekona Press) by J.K. Ullrich. Came out digitally in 2015. In the near dystopian future, water is the coin of the realm. People steal it. People die for it. Empires depend on it. Water. It covers almost three quarters of the planet, comprises more than half the human body, and has become the most coveted resource on Earth. And because of its sudden scarcity, humans around the world have been displaced.
J.K. Ullrich investigates the future as a technology analyst by day and a science fiction writer by night. She published her award-winning debut novel Blue Karma in 2015, followed by the Syzygy novella series. “In Blue Karma I envisioned a near future where this plight was so common, people had developed a vocabulary shortcut for the issue. Thus I coined the term “engee”, a portmanteau of “environmental refugee”. I never imagined applying the term in a real-life context so soon after dreaming it up, but that’s exactly what’s happening.”
Van Carter is a retired broadcast journalist. "I was never a war correspondent, yet we're now in a war and I feel like I'm reporting from the front lines." Since 2008, he has published the Only Green list. To see previous and upcoming episodes, go here.
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