I started writing Second Genesis in the 1980s. I was inspired at the time by all the publicity surrounding cryonics - the freezing of dead bodies in the hope that at some future time they could be brought back to life and cured of their diseases. At that time, the Nordic Seed Bank began collecting and freezing seeds too. What would happen to all these frozen bodies when they were woken up at some future time, I wondered? I was concerned about climate change too and wanted to draw readers’ attention to the problems we might be storing up for ourselves.
On a simple level, the story of Second Genesis weaves around a group of people who are trying to save the earth from the greatest environmental disaster the world has ever seen. On a deeper level, Second Genesis is about the way we have lost our sense of being connected – to each other, to nature, to the universe and beyond.
The second part of the story, Final Illusion, will be published in October/November 2017.