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Featuring sci-fi mystery A Climate of Revenge by Tom Riley

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Sarah and JanetM, are a human/Artificial Intelligence pair who do private investigations in the near future where our climate crisis has hit and hit hard.  A man with a long dark history tries to hire them but is then killed.  His family hires the team to find who killed this man with a thousand enemies in a land with a million problems. 

The United Nations IPCC report, “Climate Change 2022, Impacts, Adaption and Vulnerability contains: 

C5.3 Enhancing knowledge

A wide range of … processes … can deepen climate knowledge and sharing, including … using the arts … (high confidence).

This can only be read as a clarion call for writers to produce the works that will help our people cope. 

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Excerpt from A Climate of Revenge

Chapter 1.  A Long Night

Sarah walked out of the restaurant past the taxi lane and into the dark parking lot.  The charging kiosks threw patches of dim light barely enough to walk by, but they lit up when anyone approached.  If anyone was sneaking around in the lot, the kiosks would surely have given them away.  There was no moon, the stars were just coming out, but the heat of the day was hanging on for a while.

The dinner appointment had been a waste of time, the ex-executive who had booked the table was only interested in hiring her to promote his I’m-a-good-guy-now agenda by getting the dirt on his enemies one way or another.  Sarah had no patience with such greenwashing.

What did he call himself, Winestead?  She knew she had heard that name before, but where?  JanetM would have a complete dossier by morning.  Anyway his story did not make much sense; he was hiding something.  Only god knew what sins against the Earth this man had already committed.

Sarah was not interested in his building a new facade; he could keep his money.  To make matters worse, the dinner was one of those little-food-and-fancy-plates affairs.  The whole experience left Sarah feeling still hungry and irritable.  The interview had gone on for much too long.

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About Tom Riley

author Tom Riley

After an extensive career at NASA as an Instrument Engineer, Tom Riley started a people-based space program, The Big Moon Dig, compatible with the needs of our climate crisis. Our climate crisis clearly must now come first, and that effort needed positive stories of people in action.


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