Dewey Dabbar is the fiction-only pen name of an amateur field naturalist who lives in a small city in the East of England. There he wanders the surviving scraps of wild land and dreams about what once was and might be again.
At the intersection of conservation, environmentalism, and human nature – boy, what a busy junction! – these four stories show that Dewey Dabbar really has his finger on the pulse with his latest offering. Whether that's the blisteringly fast pulse of a shrew or the lethargic beat of a resting whale is something that you will need to decide for yourself.
In the near future, Utah's most beautiful areas are being run more as theme parks than national parks, while in Oregon the government and big tech are colluding on a 'smart' fix to the eyesores created by clearfelling. The thread that links these is a secretive agency known as the Utah Bureau of Improvement. Does the public still have the spirit of rebellion? And how does slime mold fit in here?
Two men in their thirties, a Brit and an American, reconnect a dozen years after they last met. The bond that was already forged is strengthened further by a shared eco-mindedness, and they set about righting ecological injustices. This novella-length story mixes jaw-stretching humor with biting critique in exploring what individuals can do for nature—or at least that's what the author reckons.