I prepared this content for the panel I attended at the Sci-Fi conference Where Worlds Collide in Calgary, Alberta – August 2019. I decided to turn it into a blog as it has some valid points.

Is eco-fiction simply a new fad or does it reflect a cultural awakening to current environmental issues? Like any other subject in the SF world (e.g. space exploration, time travel), the eco-fiction has its own place. Renown authors such as Kim Stanley Robinson (New York 2140), Paolo Bacigalupi (The Water Knife), Emmi Itaranta (Memory of Water) made inroads into the eco-fiction genre. There is a strong and successful precedent.

"Since the creation of earth, water and crystals have weaved their paths into a billion-year-long tapestry that has captured the cycles of nature’s evolution. Water has observed the appearance of humans and their troubled, but fascinating development, and the energies and vibrations of everything that is part of this amazing eco-system."

I know, it’s another strange title like the one I used for my first book, The Decadence of Our Souls. Maybe it’s an obsession I have with how we can better ourselves and escape the deep valley of sorrow we find ourselves in right now? I think the sooner one understands that they are a spiritual being trapped in a temporary physical form, the struggle and the restlessness to identify that intangible, pure energy inside is something that comes up again and again.

Now that the dust has settled on CanCon’s impressions, I can say with no hesitation that it was worth it. First off, having my son, Theodore, with me meant a lot. It exposed him to what it takes to be an exhibitor: to greet people and engage in a conversation that could potentially end up with a sale. His artwork was greatly appreciated and he received requests to get involved in several projects that would boost his visibility as an artist. Those who bought “The Decadence of Our Souls” also asked him to sign the book, a reason for me to be, once again, very proud of him.

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