Dragon Line: my journey of writing

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This is the blog of my novel! Sorry if I sound like if I'm stating the obvious but there is no other way to describe it.

It will be my first novel and I hope to get it published (eventually!) Joking aside, it is a long process and this will be a useful motivator for me to completing the drafts. In the meantime, I can share with anybody who cares to look at these pages something about the concepts and ideas behind the novel, as well as the highs and lows of writing. Obviously, I'm not going to let on about the plot or even the outline at this stage. You'll just have to read the book (providing it gets published, of course!).

However, what I will say is something about what the novel is about and why I think some of the issues it will reflect are so important – that is, what relevance a fictional book will have to what's happening today.

Dragon Line is set in the future in a devastated post-Apocalyptic Britain. The back drop is against the twin threats of Climate Change and Peak Oil. There isa great deal of debate about the possible effects of both critical events and, if indeed, whether they may actually happen. Most people seem to accept the reality of Climate Change. Peak Oil is still much more controversial and the jury is very much still out on that one. This is, so I understand it, a theory based on the work of M King Hubbert, where it is estimated that global oil production will reach a peak once the majority of extractable oil in the ground has been used up and the resources go into terminal decline. After that, it becomes more difficult to extract so production falls and oil-based economies suffer. Even so, some experts who don't accept the Peak Oil theory and who reject that there are any below ground constraints, still maintain that there will be an 'Energy Crunch' in a few years due to under-investment.

Whatever the arguments, a lot of opinion in relation to these two looming threats is that they will not be mutually exclusive. Even if all oil consumption falls, this will not, paradoxically, cause a drop in green-house gas ememissions. Why? Because nations will still try to use as much fossil fuels as they can secure to sustain their growth, such as coal. Furthermore, if you look at the arguments from the likes of James Lovelock, it's not just our burning of fossil fuels which aggravates the situation. Its also down to the fact, so the argument goes, that there are just too many of us and the animals we rely on for food on the planet, as we breathe out carbon dioxide ourselves.

A depressing situation? Maybe. In all honesty, my aim isn't to reason the rights and wrongs of all this, as I'm sure there are enough websites and blogs debating this matter at the moment. My aim is to write an SF/Fantasy book based on this subject matter and maybe stimulate those who read it (if I can get it into print) into thinking about those issues. More than anything, I hope my book will remind those who read it about the importance of hope. That is the most important thing we as human beings have.

Until the next time.

Owen Law.


About Owen Law

My pen-name is ‘Owen Law’ (real name: Nicholas Davies.) I’m a science fiction writer specialising in dystopian/apocalyptic visions of the future. I’m from Shropshire, England (on the borders with Wales) and I’m in my forties. I have a background in public services and training. I’ve been working on my first novel, Dragon Line, since 2008. I’ve also written several short stories, one of which you can find on this blog (‘Matilda Leviathan‘). I now reside on the border of Shropshire and Wales, and my interests include writing (of course!), current affairs and environmental issues.
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