A Ryan Rivers, 22nd Century Detective Story

By Blaine T. Zaid

(Author of “The Gaines Agenda”)

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Copyright © 2013 by Blaine T. Zaid

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Chapter 1

The leviathan loomed large in the distance as a small flotilla of aged ships approached, radioed their presence and waited hopefully for a response. The year was 2170. Sheets of acidic rain pelted the rusty ships and the sea. These changes that happened here on Earth were not new. They were not sudden. In 2006, almost 150 years ago, a politician named Albert Arnold Gore Jr. wrote his summary analysis. “An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It,” it was called. There was the usual media hype, alarmed scientists warning the world about the melting polar ice, and conservative skeptics labeling the theory as alarmist, and just a “natural cycle”. These opposing forces crippled any real response to the proposed threat. Limiting CO2 emissions and trading Carbon Credits were good ideas, but were implemented slowly and only regionally. It took a couple decades of changing weather, and continued loss of the polar ice with rising sea levels for governments gradually to take serious notice and plan for an Earth with no land above water. They did start to plan though. That is the governments of countries with enough resources to mount enormous, costly public works projects did. Those requirements knocked out the future of three quarters of the earth’s population straight away. With the sea levels rising not at a constant, but at an ever increasing rate, the amount of time available to save humanity, or at least some of humanity, became obviously limited. Space stations and life on the Moon or Mars were not options. There was too little time to implement that, too many questions, and too much evidence that man indeed could not actually survive out there, that we were adapted only to be capable of life and reproduction of life in the conditions of our own Earth or somewhere just like it. When the dire nature of the rising oceans was no longer a secret, and more importantly, no longer a matter of debate, panic set in, and with panic, war.

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