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Controversial climate change story part of new sci-fi collection
Published today, Engines of Life, a collection of hard-hitting philosophical science fiction.
By: Greyhart Press
Commenting on the release, Greyhart Press publisher Tim C. Taylor said: “Andy is an engineer by trade with a passion for science. He’s not often short of an opinion, and that combination makes for the kind of science fiction that keeps you thinking long after the last sentence.”
The collection includes the novelette, Truth, that caused a stir when first published on the popular sceptical climate change website, Watts Up With That, the site that broke the University of East Anglia Climate-Gate controversy in 2009. This has led to Truth being labelled a climate change denial story. Taylor is not so sure.
“Climate change is a topic of vital importance to many people. Indeed, for many it is the most vital topic of all. So to publish a story that many will regard as being on the ‘wrong’ side of the climate change debate is a risk that I do not take lightly. Opprobrium will be flung our way. But that is essentially why I decided to support and publish Andy’s story: not because it is a story that champions the cause of ‘climate change denial’ (a term that in itself makes Andy’s point beautifully)
“The corruption of science was the target Andy had firmly in his sights as he wrote Truth. In his imagined future, the subversion of science – which he describes as the strangling of free debate and rampant confirmation bias – is the unacknowledged danger of today that will do the most damage to the environment of tomorrow.
“What is the truth about climate change? Whose science is right, and whose is self-serving, bought, or erroneous? I am not confident enough in what I read to imagine that I know the answers, and I don’t believe it is the place for fiction to pretend it can provide them. ‘Whose science is right?’ What I am certain of is that I’m deeply troubled to feel I have to pose that question on such an important topic.
“In ‘Truth’, Andy West is not supporting either side of the climate debate. He is supporting science itself. And that is a cause I will forever champion.”
Engines of Life: Tales of Evolution, a collection of six philosophical science fiction novellas and novelettes on the subject of evolution, is published July 9th in paperback (pp224 ISBN 978-1909636033:
Notes to editors
About Andy West: Evolution has been his most passionate intellectual hobby during recent decades. How evolution applies to, and operates within, sentient societies, is the juicy core of the fruit for him. Though he’s lightened up on a couple lately, it has been said by some that many of his stories are not for the faint hearted, though they leave a lasting impression! Andy’s debut novel was published by NewCon Press in 2012, and his most recent publication was a techno-thriller trilogy co-written with Ian Watson.
Find out more about Andy at his website: wearenarrative.wordpress.com/
About Greyhart Press. Bedfordshire-