Warmth of the World: A Climate Change parody

Few would have believed in the last decades of the twentieth century that this world was being ever increasingly warmed, slowly but surely by forces greater than man’s and yet more subtle than his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were assisting and fuelling change, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a drainpipe might pollute the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a body of water, that in turn feed the fish that support his very existence. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over this environment. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same with limited resources. Few gave a thought to the invisible, presumably harmless CO2 emissions  as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of human induced climate change as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men with larger cars and factories, perhaps superior to their own and readily welcomed the chance for larger industrial enterprise. Yet across the passage of time, molecules that are to our minds the result of a healthy, industrious society, trapped heat and warmed atmosphere, with no regarded for this earth with it’s ecological equilibrium, and slowly and surely shifted the climate against us. And early in the twenty first century came the great disillusionment.

With apologies to one of my heroes, H. G. Wells. This is meant as a light-hearted parody, modelled on the elegantly written (ever more so than my corruption here) opening to an excellent novel, War of the Worlds. (Online versions can be found here, but it, and many of his other books, look better in your personal library!)

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4 thoughts on “Warmth of the World: A Climate Change parody

  1. Haha, great stuff! I didn’t really pick up on the title, but the text fits the bill perfectly. I can imagine the Jeff Wayne (I think it was him?) radio version’s voice reading this out with ominous music in the background… people running screaming into the streets, perhaps?

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    1. Cheers David,
      I was worried the title might miss some readers. I think you’re thinking of Orson Wells – he did the radio version. Jeff did the musical version. lol… sorry – I’ve got all versions of War of the Worlds except one low budget video version done not long before the Cruise version – I think Dragon was the company behind it. Either way, it’s a work of a genius! I’m even temped to suggest that you vision some of the H. G. Wells historic points while your over there – but that’s my thing! 🙂

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  2. Very well done.

    One of my favorite sci-fi classics: it is also very much in the spirit of Wells who used his fiction to highlight the absurdities and foibles of 19th society.

    War of the Worlds was intended to highlight the complacency of the late Victorians and the rampant imperialism of the age.

    You’ve captured our own complacency very well.

    I really think some of the best, most creative thinking is happening on the “smaller” blogs such as yours. This post is evidence of this.

    You deserve a wide readership.

    I’ve often thought of writing – or even podcasting – news items from the future (i.e. the world in 2030) based on some of the projections
    based on the famous Orson Welles radio broadcast.

    “News flash, this just in! Fires consume parts of Sydney Western suburbs after a week long heatwave. With temperatures consistently in the high 40’s, Emergency Services have suggested residents evacuate the following areas…”

    Say… why don’t we throw some ideas around?

    Mike @ WtD.

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    1. I couldn’t agree more. Wells is one of my favourite authors – I’ve re-read many of his stories a number of times. I think my favourites would be either Kipps of the History of Mr Polly – both are hysterical and at the same time a massive smack in the face of what most people consider to be ‘modern”.. Reading of Kipps’ or Polly’s personal experiences in business makes it clear that, apart for most electronic technologies, most of modern city life existed over a century ago. Then you look at War of the Worlds – that is in a league of it’s own and one of the most beautiful reflections on culture, complacency, looming, over-powering threats, basic human desires and hopes… in short, it is a perfect time capsule – many of the aspects of which truly are timeless. He had a keen eye.

      Hell, if you like my work, please do promote it; add it to your blogroll, link to stuff in related posts, retweet – whatever works. I must admit, with both my science background and love of literature (to the point that I’ve actually written 3 novel-length manuscripts which I’ll be very unlike to pursue), I’ve tried to offer a spin on science communication… but as you can see of the past month, my enthusiasm has somewhat slumped – it’s a lot of work to only reach (if I’m lucky) 30 readers..

      You’ve got great idea there. It would be great to be involved. I like some of the sarcasm in Futurama on global warming. Could work on an idea, script it up eventually.. could be fun 🙂

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