Cuger Brant

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CUGER BRANT was born in London, England. He is an experienced environmentalist and has been working in this field for the last 20 years. He and his family currently reside in the southern counties of England.
From the age of six, together with my three brothers I attended the old Lambeth Workhouse institution when it was known as Woodvale Children’s Home. Later, my brothers and i were later sent to ‘Beechholme’ in Banstead, Surrey. It was a village type children’s home with its own church, school, and infirmary. The houses were spaced along an avenue of trees, each named after a tree or bush. Each house had its ‘House Parents’ who were responsible for approximately 14 children of both sexes. It was here that I was taught the basic survival skills such as cooking, sowing, cleaning and, with kindness and regular exercise, had a healthy outlook on life.
This experience left me with a keen sense of fairness, justice and the consequence of people’s actions both good and bad, on others (and a good sense of humor) you needed it! Looking back, the one thing I have realized from my childhood years is that; love, patience and fair play are the building blocks of good character and moral values.
I started my career as a dodo farmer, but after ten years of returned job applications I decided on a new path. Finally (due to my experience) I had the choice of being a dustman or an environmentalist, as the former was taken, I took the latter. I soon found that everyone was totally disinterested, so I decided to write stories.
To me a book is just as much art as is a painting or a sculpture. But why ‘Art’ is always perceived as images through the eye by most, puzzles me. Art is giving the mind a concept, expressed by the artist. My canvas is projecting concepts through the written word.
As far as I am concerned; I am a philosophic psychologist with a twist of comedy and, as far as you are concerned; I am either a madman or have a point. Well… is that not art?
I write ‘WHAT IF?’ stories. I write them to stretch your imagination and your awareness. I hope they give you pleasure, food for thought and change your perception about you, your world, and your safe little place in it!
My writing style and method may seem different to you. I have read (in numerous cases, tried to read) so many books, only to be sent to sleep or put off by over descriptive meandering that, when analyzed, really has nothing to do with the story or the plot, rather, just to do with the author’s imaginings of his literal descriptive skills or even to do with ‘bulking’ a book out a bit!
Both I and other avid readers I know personally, tend to get very vexed with these ‘over-stretched books’ telling us nothing, just wasting my time and my money!
My philosophy is: if you give a man who can read music a Stradivarius, it doesn’t mean that you will get a good tune. But if that man has a seed of inspiration to explore, and a need to express his inspiration through his music, then you have something worth listening to!
Writing, to my mind, is always an opportunity to educate the reader. It is also for me personally the art of imagination and an opportunity for expression of concepts.
My writing is not too ‘character’ driven, neither is it supposed to be. Its aim is to inspire and educate a little, to make you aware of the dangers of our modern world. If you like my abstract style and view of things then all the better, if you do not, then go bury your head again!
I believe it is how the imagination and a few words are used to capture an idea, then to project that idea to a reader, to get an inquisitive mind working and in doing, stopping that inquisitive mind dismissing a concept or an idea! If I can stop someone putting down an unread book, then, I feel I have created something.
I sincerely hope that if you read my books they were not what you were expecting!

Author Note: A word about my writing, facts and study material: Trust me when I say; I get all my facts right before I put pen to paper. This gives me the privilege to distort them as much as I please with a clear conscience. In all my ‘What If’ stories, the political or religious connotations are fictitious. Any offence taken by oneself or on behalf of another is by personal choice!

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book Four Hundred ppm?
Being a trilogy on the subject of global warming and human nature, it sends the same message as 'End Game' and 'In Denial', but from a somewhat futuristic perspective and delves back and forth in time.
Analysis of numerous papers on the projections of global warming offer a stark and unremitting assessment of the climate change challenge facing the global community.
Moreover, the impacts associated with 2◦C have been revised upwards so that 2◦C now more appropriately represents the threshold between dangerous and extremely dangerous climate change. Consequently, with global emissions returning to their earlier levels of growth 2015 represents the tipping point.
Given the view that reductions in emissions are not compatible with economic growth, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) are, in effect, conceding that avoiding dangerous (and even extremely dangerous) climate change is no longer compatible with economic prosperity. But common sense dictated that we knew this all along, as what government would insist on economic suicide?
Our hopeful (though ultimately ineffective) save the planet, climate summits are good for publicity, but as the inevitable procrastination's set in, they have in effect, brought us one step forward and two steps backwards.
Ask yourself; what about of these tidal surges, floods, super hurricanes and arctic vertex changes etc. are they just ‘freak’ weather conditions or a precursor of what is to come? Well, if you wear rose tinted glasses, they are the former, and today’s news is tomorrow’s fish and chip wrapper, however, if you are more scientifically minded, you will know, the inevitable is catching up with us fast!
What do you think of climate change skeptics or deniers?
The fact that people around the world have engaged in so little response to climate change is that they believe that everything is fine. Although all know the facts, most do not think climate change is happening; believe that their governments will take care of things; or that international agreements on emissions reductions will be effective. This perspective could be a variation of; climate change scepticism, blind faith in government or blind faith in our ability to produce a technological cure.

Now you can talk of the psychological reasoning for this until the cows come home or save yourself time by equating it all to the same thought process (or denial) of our ultimate demise at the end of our personal life spans. In truth it is a sense of knowing and not knowing, of having information but not thinking about it!

Ask yourself; how often do you think of death? Do you live your life as a consequence of your ultimate demise? Are you keeping yourself in optimal health, do not drink, smoke, eat too much? Well, do not bother to answer, because like you, we all feel guilty but, we all still have our ‘bad’ habits and to hell with a few more weeks months years of prolonged life. Now take that a stage further (attitude to climate change) and you have the answer to climate change denial!

I am not about to cross the t’s or dot the I’s, but only to remind you; there is just one singular, ‘mother of all’ global warming/climate change charts. It shows carbon emissions from human activity from the use of fossil fuel. It starts from zero from about a hundred and fifty years ago and continues to rise on a line of 45 degrees! There is going to be an inevitable consequence of this coming our way, and you, cannot pretend you did not know!
The path of tomorrow is determined by the one we take today and at the moment we are walking, wide eyed, on a very rocky path towards the unknown effects of irredeemable climate change, ready to blindly throw ourselves into the abyss. In front, walks a band called ‘Climate Summit’ which is playing a never-ending tune requested by big business. However, in that abyss, a severe, pervasive and irreversible impact on the planet and consequently humanity, awaits!
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Cuger Brant online


The Haggis
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,960. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
The haggis: A philosophical essay upon its habitat and its lifecycle.
Zika Virus
You set the price! Words: 10,410. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Deep in the mist of time, there was a much feared deity named Lamia. Amongst the ancient Greeks and Romans she was the great dread for their children, for whom, it was said, she had the credit of constantly enticing away and destroying. To their mothers, she was known as the harbinger of sorrow, the bringer of the malady to the innocent. Today she is known as…Zika!
Four Hundred
Series: The Kyoto procrastination, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,560. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Anthropology
In writing this book I have decided to approach the subject of Climate Change in reverse, from back to front. I am looking at it from the future. If nothing else it is food for thought, but if my ‘reverse psychology’ approach has an effect on you, then do something about it! Now!
Of Mirth and Men
Price: Free! Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Time
An examination of time travel. Have you ever wondered if time travel is a possibility? Have you ever pondered if a time traveling device could possibly be made or asked yourself; has one already been built? If you have; the answer these questions are in my little treatise on time travel.
The Good Shepherd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,330. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Nonfiction » Psychology » Movements / existential
A true ghost story; believe it or not! Did you you ever smell an odour which moves around the room from one particular spot to another? Have you ever heard a doorknob rattle knowing there is no one on the other side? Have you ever walked down a road and seen someone standing there whom no one else can see? If you do not believe in ghosts... you are not alive!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,720. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
It had to happen sooner or later; with Man playing God, continuously interfering with nature and the natural order of life. None, heeded nor cared for the consequences. Too late the geneticists realised that treating natural selection with contempt, something to experiment with would have unforeseen ramifications. A mistake was made, a terrible, incalculable mistake!
Electro Magnetic Pulse
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,730. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
What is an EMP? How is it is capable of putting you and the society you live in, back into the stone-age? Just how much do you love your mobiles, your Blackberry’s and other such electronic comforts? Ask yourself; just how naked, vulnerable or lost would you feel without them? What would you do if they all switched off at the same time: never to switch on again?
In Denial
Series: The Kyoto procrastination, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,740. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Environment
Why are we in denial when predictions of climate change from such eminent bodies as the IPPC to academic foundations studying this anthropogenic phenomenon predict sea level rise enough to engulf tens of thousands of square miles of coastline world-wide, super hurricanes and super storms, droughts and crop failures? Are not Katrina and the ‘Super Storm’ Sandy at least pricking your conscience?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,140. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
What is our purpose and where is it supposed to lead? Will our logic lead us to that destiny or will our DNA dictate our final destination? A wise soul contemplates, ponders and philosophises on this thought, but most leave that divine question and answer to the almighty! Re-gens don’t! They know their purpose, their logic is most definitely not driven by their DNA. They have no DNA!
As Simple As... A B C
Series: The Tunbridge Wells trilogy, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,930. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
This is a book about fear, everyone’s inner fear, it creates a scenario which every nation world- wide dreads... It is a book about inevitability!
Melodie's Secret Book of the Fey, Charms and Spells
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,560. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Vision, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
A little book of charms, potions, Goodness and light. Of fairies, magic and spells, with a pinch of wisdom. A random miscellany of fairy facts, universal laws, delights, spells and curatives for you to practice at home. A gentle guide to magic for; goodness, love and positive feeling for yourself and others, to help you in life.
A Christmas Carol
Series: The Tunbridge Wells trilogy, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,170. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Fiction » Inspirational
To me, the original story by Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ encapsulates a ghost story, a sci-fi story and a moral. It ‘hits a chord' with me, and if you have a heart, most likely with you too. With very great respect to and admiration of Mr Dickens, I had this inner need to rewrite it, and update it, as to let ‘modern day’ poor souls digest the moral and spiritual meaning of the prose.
Series: The Tunbridge Wells trilogy, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,650. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » World politics, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Islamic militancy
Just how imminent is an attack by a Dirty Bomb? Have you forgotten the Times Square bomb already? What if that was an RDD (Radiological Dispersal Device) a dirty bomb? Would you know what to do and, what not to do? . What would happen if an RDD went off in the centre of your city, your town how would you react, would you survive?
End Game
Series: The Kyoto procrastination, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,730. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
That fragile thing, the very air we breathe, is taken for granted, treated with contempt. That very delicate, well-balanced thing that stops you and me freezing to death, roasting to death or even choking to death, is being mercilessly polluted. It is only a matter of time before that well-balanced, gaseous, circulatory system is thrown out of sync and collapses.
Something Wicked This Way Comes...
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,840. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
These are a set of ‘WHAT IF?’ stories. I have written them to stretch your imagination and your awareness. I hope they give you pleasure, food for thought and change your perception about you, your world, and your safe little place in it. I hope to get your inquisitive mind working and in doing do, stopping that inquisitive mind dismissing a concept, an idea, and putting down an unread book.

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