Peak Oil Sci-Fi Writing Competition


Owen Law - Writer

You may recall a post from a while back where I featured a link to an interview with a writer called John Michael Greer re Peak Oil and economics. The other day, I came across his blog: ‘The Archdruid Report‘. The blog is an interesting forum for Greer’s views on nature and the future of industrial society – especially from his world perspective as a druid. This, for me, had a lot of resonances with ‘Dragon Line’, especially given the presence of characters such as Tewdur and his society (check out the novel on Authonomy to find out more!)

Greer has published a post on his blog about science fiction and how it could portray Peak Oil as a future scenario (as you can imagine, this certainly struck a chord!) It is quite a lengthy article, but highly illuminating. Basically, the thrust of his argument is that sci-fi scenarios with a post-apocalyptic focus should try to ditch what he calls the ‘Invasion of the Space Bats’ scenario (in other words, the appearance of outlandish fantasy elements) in order to depict a more realistic vision of the future. (Just for the record, Dragon Line does have some ‘fantasy elements’ but, I sincerely hope, the way these are incorporated creates realism and the impression that things are not as they may seem! Also, there are certainly no ‘Space Bats’!!)

He then goes on to suggest a short story competition, inviting readers to write a story between 2500 and 7500 words in length set against a post-peak background in our own future (with definitely no ‘Space Bats’!) This story could then be posted on-line with a link back to ‘The Archdruid Report’. Greer will then review the stories and possibly look to publish a selection of the best in an anthology. (He’s already approached some publishers about this.)

I have already put a comment on the blog about ‘Dragon Line’ on there for starters (as well as mention about ‘Matilda Leviathan’, although that is based on a slightly different but related premise.) I’m also working on a story set within the stated parameters which I will post here very soon. It’s set against the backdrop of Dragon Line but will be directly Peak Oil-related. It’ll be interesting to see what people think when it’s posted and, anyway, I thought it would be worth a try!

In the meantime, I’ll post The Archdruid Report on the sidebar here and also links to some of the work that is being exhibited there. I’ve already found one which I think you might enjoy reading (and it’s be nice to promote some other people’s work on this subject.) Check out this link to a story by a lady called Wendy.

Until the next time…

Owen Law

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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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