A researcher in the science of global heating and climate breakdown, and a writer of non-fiction on natural hazards and climate change and of speculative and climate-related fiction, who values his contribution to climate activism above everything else.
I wear two hats, sometimes even at the same time. On the one hand I still have a significant research interest in the science of global heating and climate breakdown, in particular on the links between a changing climate and a potentially hazardous response from the solid Earth. In this context, I was a contributing author to the IPCC report on climate change and extreme events. On the other, I am a writer of non-fiction (mostly in the fields of natural hazards and climate change) and fiction (mainly, but not exclusively, speculative and climate related).
My book, A Guide to the End of the World: Everything you Never Wanted to Know, reached number 74 on Amazon UK, while Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes was ranked at number five in The Guardian’s list of the best ‘eco’ books ever.
In 2019, I co-edited the anthology, Knock Three Times: 28 Modern Folk Tales for a World in Trouble. My first novel, Skyseed — an eco-thriller about climate engineering gone wrong — came out in September 2020. At this critical time in Earth history, I value my contribution to climate activism above everything else, particularly through my roles as Co-director of the New Weather Institute think-tank and Patron of Scientists for Global Responsibility.
Bill has contributed a piece on his novel Skyseed to our Creative Showcase portfolio, an evolving collection of new and recent works from our members. See Skyseed – Hacking the Earth might be the last thing we ever do…