Interview with Cuger Brant

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!
Why are people fed up with the subject of Climate Change?
To most, Climate Change is a reality, for others, it is just a myth. The subject of Climate Change is akin to the tide on the sea shore, rising and receding with monotonous regularity and, every now and again, a ‘spring tide’ of concern, due to a revelation or two, will raise people’s guilt or worries for a moment, until all dissipates, quietly, silently, according to the political currents of the day. It is commonly known as having free will, it gives you the ability to choose as you please, unfortunately, possessing free will is no guarantee of possessing common sense.
Are your books pure fantasy?
Absolutely not. They are, what I believe, could be in our future; from a pandemic to a terrorist attack, from playing God with genetically modified organism, to a failure of our modern technology on which our society increasingly relies upon. Mark my words, sooner than later, one will become a 'Self-fulfilling' prophesy.
A note for readers.
In some instances my spelling may conflict with American English and British English for example; Lorry -Truck; Chemist -Drug store; Lift -Elevator etc. For this I apologise, but it is not too different to understand. Just remember, from where I’m standing; over there, is over here!
Published 2016-03-08.
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Books by This Author

The Haggis
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,340. 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,050. 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: 21,710. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Inspirational
Is it possible to live a life in a single dream? Just how long is a dream anyway and by what timescale is it measured? There are, certainly from my experience, no restrictions on time, place or subject matter whilst dreaming, indeed, playing the piano like a maestro or conversing in another language are just a few of our dreams unexplained phenomena.
Of Mirth and Men
Price: $0.99 USD. 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: $0.99 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: $0.99 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: 15,200. 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: $0.99 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: $0.99 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: $0.99 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.