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Why did the U.S. pull out of the Paris Climate Accord? Blame Michael Crichton. You heard me right. Michael Crichton, acclaimed author of Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain. Don’t get me wrong; Crichton was one of my favorite authors. He had a huge fan club. But Crichton was also known for his denial of global warming. In 2004 he wrote State of Fear, an action thriller in which he presented his case that global warming is a hoax perpetrated in large part by compromised scientists using bad science and a pro-global warming agenda. The novel’s theme is an elaborate ecoterrorist plot to wreak havoc on the planet by creating massive global catastrophes and then blaming these on unchecked global warming. Of course the heroes of the novel are global warming contrarians. Those other characters who defend the science of global warming are surprisingly naïve and uninformed, blindly adhering to a cause they know little about. Naturally, they become easy converts. They are, after all, Crichton’s straw men and women. In the end they become contrarians too, and help the heroes foil these sinister plots at the last possible minute and expose the ecoterrorists for what they are.

Anyone who is not a serious student of global warming, which would include most of us, could easily be swayed by Crichton’s compelling anti-global warming message, and indeed that was the case. Like many of his books, State of Fear was an instant best seller and reached millions. It became the “bible” of the global warming naysayers. Lesson learned: People don’t read scientific treatises on global warming. They read fiction.

Fast forward to the present. Donald Trump recently decided to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord. He did this despite the concerted efforts of industry (yes, even Big Oil), leaders of nearly every country in the world, scientists of all stripes, and members of his own family. He did this because of a remarkably ill-informed commitment he had made to his base while on the campaign trail. Make no mistake about it: the global warming contrarians are winning the battle of public opinion. Thanks, Michael Crichton.

But what really appalls me is that 13 years after State of Fear was published, no one has used fiction as a medium for reaching the layperson with the truth about global warming. As a lifelong scientist with a PhD in biology, and as a recent convert to fiction writing, I intend to do something about it. My third novel in The Many Faces of Fee trilogy, Inch by Inch, is that book. It promises to be more—much more—than just an action thriller. It will have depth and plot complexity not found in State of Fear. Readers will be more engaged with the characters and the plot. And Crichton used a sledgehammer to cram the global warming hoax down the throats of unsuspecting readers. In Inch by Inch I use a more subtle approach. The last thing I want is to turn away the skeptics before the plot even begins to unfold. Thus, the reader is held in limbo as Fee Finnegan and her adversary Hal Sorenson, the junior senator from Texas, argue their opposing cases, first before Congress and later in private, well into the future. But facts are facts. You can debate them all you want. You can run from them, hide from them, pick and choose among them. But you can’t deny them. In the end, Planet Earth provides the unambiguous answer to the global warming debate in a hair-raising spectacle forty years hence that alters the face of humanity.

Researching and writing Inch by Inch will be an expensive undertaking. Much like a scientific treatise on global warming, it will require exhaustive research as well as interviews with leading climate scientists and politicians on both sides of the issue. I will need to visit Greenland (I don’t write about places I’ve never been), not to mention Washington, DC. But, unlike in a lofty scientific paper, the science will be wrapped seamlessly within the pages of an action thriller full of intrigue and suspense, unexpected plot twists, and characters who bleed just like you and me. And to have maximum impact, Inch by Inch must be published before the next presidential election. That’s a tall order. I will need to work full time and then some to meet this demanding schedule. That means sayonara to the day job! But, with your generous assistance, I can do it. Global warming is one of the most serious issues facing mankind in the 21st century. Will you join me in rescuing the planet from the impacts of unchecked global warming—inch by inch?
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Make a difference. Help me re-shape the debate on global warming.


Why did the U.S. pull out of the Paris Climate Accord? Blame Michael Crichton. You heard me right. Michael Crichton, acclaimed author of Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain. Don’t get me wrong; Crichton was one of my favorite authors. He had a huge fan club. But Crichton was also known for his denial of global warming. In 2004 he wrote State of Fear, an action thriller in which he presented his case that global warming is a hoax perpetrated in large part by compromised scientists using bad science and a pro-global warming agenda. The novel’s theme is an elaborate ecoterrorist plot to wreak havoc on the planet by creating massive global catastrophes and then blaming these on unchecked global warming. Of course the heroes of the novel are global warming contrarians. Those other characters who defend the science of global warming are surprisingly naïve and uninformed, blindly adhering to a cause they know little about. Naturally, they become easy converts. They are, after all, Crichton’s straw men and women. In the end they become contrarians too, and help the heroes foil these sinister plots at the last possible minute and expose the ecoterrorists for what they are.

Anyone who is not a serious student of global warming, which would include most of us, could easily be swayed by Crichton’s compelling anti-global warming message, and indeed that was the case. Like many of his books, State of Fear was an instant best seller and reached millions. It became the “bible” of the global warming naysayers. Lesson learned: People don’t read scientific treatises on global warming. They read fiction.

Fast forward to the present. Donald Trump recently decided to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord. He did this despite the concerted efforts of industry (yes, even Big Oil), leaders of nearly every country in the world, scientists of all stripes, and members of his own family. He did this because of a remarkably ill-informed commitment he had made to his base while on the campaign trail. Make no mistake about it: the global warming contrarians are winning the battle of public opinion. Thanks, Michael Crichton.

But what really appalls me is that 13 years after State of Fear was published, no one has used fiction as a medium for reaching the layperson with the truth about global warming. As a lifelong scientist with a PhD in biology, and as a recent convert to fiction writing, I intend to do something about it. My third novel in The Many Faces of Fee trilogy, Inch by Inch, is that book. It promises to be more—much more—than just an action thriller. It will have depth and plot complexity not found in State of Fear. Readers will be more engaged with the characters and the plot. And Crichton used a sledgehammer to cram the global warming hoax down the throats of unsuspecting readers. In Inch by Inch I use a more subtle approach. The last thing I want is to turn away the skeptics before the plot even begins to unfold. Thus, the reader is held in limbo as Fee Finnegan and her adversary Hal Sorenson, the junior senator from Texas, argue their opposing cases, first before Congress and later in private, well into the future. But facts are facts. You can debate them all you want. You can run from them, hide from them, pick and choose among them. But you can’t deny them. In the end, Planet Earth provides the unambiguous answer to the global warming debate in a hair-raising spectacle forty years hence that alters the face of humanity.

Researching and writing Inch by Inch will be an expensive undertaking. Much like a scientific treatise on global warming, it will require exhaustive research as well as interviews with leading climate scientists and politicians on both sides of the issue. I will need to visit Greenland (I don’t write about places I’ve never been), not to mention Washington, DC. But, unlike in a lofty scientific paper, the science will be wrapped seamlessly within the pages of an action thriller full of intrigue and suspense, unexpected plot twists, and characters who bleed just like you and me. And to have maximum impact, Inch by Inch must be published before the next presidential election. That’s a tall order. I will need to work full time and then some to meet this demanding schedule. That means sayonara to the day job! But, with your generous assistance, I can do it. Global warming is one of the most serious issues facing mankind in the 21st century. Will you join me in rescuing the planet from the impacts of unchecked global warming—inch by inch?

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Receive regular updates on Inch by Inch's progress (for example, rough drafts of chapters to comment on). Join Question and Answer forum -- you ask, I answer. Also receive all Patron rewards.
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Are you an aspiring writer? Receive periodic writing tutorials from someone (me!) who learned the hard way. Receive extra material (deleted scenes, characters that didn't work) that does not make the cut. Also, all lower tier rewards.
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Have an opportunity to participate in the book's development via occasional solicitations for feedback and assistance on topics I am researching. Also receive all lower tier rewards.
Orange-breasted Falcon
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Receive an acknowledgment in Inch by Inch and a signed copy of the first printing. Also, all lower tier rewards. And here's an extra bonus. Planning a tour to Belize or the U.S.? Receive free guide services from yours truly during your stay.