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Book Title: Leviathan: A Short Story About the End of the World|
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v The author of the book: Saul Tanpepper
Edition: Brinestone Press
Date of issue: February 3rd 2016
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Read full description of the books Leviathan: A Short Story About the End of the World:Earth is dead, or very nearly so. Only two people remain on the windless, barren planet, a father and his child, eking out their meager existence with what little they can find to eat, haunted by memories of what they and the world once were.
Then comes the ghostly call of a sea creature presumed extinct for decades. Could it be a sign of hope for a dying planet, or is it one last lament?
Leviathan is a short, dark, and haunting post-apocalyptic story (~6500 words) written in stream-of-consciousness. Fans of Cormac McCarthy's The Road will find similarities.
Appropriate for readers of all ages.
A Word About Leviathan
In 2014, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reported that the levels of over 10,000 representative animal species — indicators of environmental health — had declined by more than 50 percent since 1970. In just that forty year span, we lost half of the world's animal biomass. Based on these trends, we can expect to see a further halving by the middle of the current century. And it's not just overall numbers of individuals that are dropping, but species diversity as well. This is beyond alarming. It is, in fact, a doomsday scenario.
While the debate about the human impact on climate change wages on, scientists are nearly unanimous in their agreement that human activity is directly responsible for the extinction of hundreds of animal and plant species and have indirectly caused the disappearance of possibly thousands more in what is now being described as a Sixth Global Extinction. The event is so significant in the natural history of our planet that a new geologic age has been proposed to acknowledge humanity's impact on the globe— the Anthropocene. We stand at the beginning of that era looking into an uncertain future. What will it look like?
Will it be a world entirely devoid of all animal life?
Leviathan is a work of speculative fiction; it takes the current trajectory of our planet to its absurd extreme. While I personally believe that total global extinction is an exceedingly unlikely scenario, at least as the direct consequence of our recklessness, the threat to our own species is far more real. Why? Because many of the plant and animals species we depend upon for food, medicine, and other uses are at terrible risk.
The earth will adapt to the changes we are causing it, of that I have no doubt. Given enough time, physical and biological systems will find a new equilibrium. As a biological scientist, I have faith that life, in some form, will find ways to occupy it.
But will humanity?
Reflecting the uncertain nature of our own future, the ending to Leviathan was intentionally left open to multiple interpretations, ranging from the horrific to the hopeful. I leave it to you, Dear Reader, to decide which one you prefer to imagine.
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Saul is the specfic pen name of author Ken J. Howe, who writes in a variety of genres. He is a retired biotech entrepreneur with a PhD in molecular genetics and is a former army field medic.
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