December days that feel like Spring. Droughts that last all year. Ocean temperatures creating massive hurricanes and frequent El Niños. The Earth is changing. Scientists estimate Earth will reach a “Peak Heat” within the next several decades, forcing massive changes to the way humans live. What those changes will look like, we can only speculate…
At Taipei Writers Group, we’re on the verge of publishing our latest anthology: Peak Heat. In it, we’ve each crafted tales of humans dealing with the repercussions of a changing Earth pre-, during, or post-Peak Heat. The stories range from optimistic, pessimistic, and pragmatic in each author’s perception of what life will be like.
See below for a short description of stories. The anthology will be available on Amazon in January. Or, if you’re in Taiwan, come to our book launch on January 17th at the Red Room.
“Let The Haters Begin” – Faced with the threat of predatory drones, the star-crossed lovers Madelyn and Luke must fight their way to reunite in a drowning New York City.
“The Last Peach Queen” – Lilah has always believed she would one day become her community’s Peach Queen, but now that she’s fled south to avoid a dark fate in the government-controlled north, will her dream ever be realized?
“Algae” – Anna – “Algae” to her parents – hates that she shares her nickname with the sometimes toxic, green stuff that’s overpopulating Lake Michigan, one of many changes disrupting her previous way of life.
“The Way Back” – On the island of Sumatra, a tribe of surfers attempts to resettle on the dangerous coast.
“Mama Snake” – Ruth’s journey to her mother’s deathbed forces her to confront her past and her future, where nothing is as simple as it seems…except through the eyes of a serpent.
“Macroseism” – That which controls the water controls the people, and a seismic change is coming.
“Was Once Paradise” – The threat of starvation looms large in an arctic devoid of ice, forcing Tanika and her grandfather to return to their traditional Gwich’in ways to survive, creating tension between them and the neighboring refugee group.
“On the Grid” – With energy resources running dry, Private Martin Briggs is conscripted to defend a nuclear power plant against an insurgent threat.
“To the North” – A landslide has killed Ching-yi’s mother, and she must grow up fast to survive her journey north to legendary Taibei.