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When you’re one step ahead of the crowd you’re a genius. When you’re two steps ahead, you’re a crackpot.
–Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

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Welcome. This blog serves two purposes. The first is to introduce my ‘fictional’ novel, Olduvai (hopefully series). The second is to highlight–via posts–current events and essays/blogs/analyses/etc. that tie into the book’s various themes: resource depletion, especially Peak Oil; market manipulation; environmental degradation; conspiracy ‘theories’; increasing loss of liberty; geopolitical tensions; survival skills; and economic collapse. Occasionally, I share a thought (see Cognitive Bias).

The title of the book, Olduvai, is derived from the ‘Olduvai Theory’, proposed by Richard Duncan in 1986. Duncan argues that humanity is destined to return to a stone-age way of life with the global loss of the electrical power grid in the not-too-distant future. He used the term ‘Olduvai’ to make reference to the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, Africa; this area has been a treasure trove of hominid and pre-hominid fossils made most famous by the multi-generational explorations of the Leakey family

The book uses ‘current’ events (see Book Topics) to create a fictional tale that has the perfect storm of crises (i.e. damaged environment, dwindling resources-particularly energy, and the implosion of a manipulated global financial system). It documents the social and individual impact of stresses that have overwhelmed the complex systems we depend upon.

While set in Canada, the topics and issues impact us all, regardless of location. Basically, the novel attempts to document the collapse of our industrial civilisation at the end of what has been termed the ‘Carbon Age’. Non-fictional events and issues, along with scientific research and theories, are embedded in a tale of loss and discovery. More detail about the book can be found by following the links in the header above.

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If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.
–Benjamin Franklin

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Reader comments:
D. Catlett: “…This book has really opened my eyes to what our future may hold and I can’t wait to see where his next book takes us. Thank you for a great read!!!
Z. Paiss (author of the From Here to There series): “I finished book one last night and loved how it ended. As a long time supporter of community I completely agree that together we are stronger. The belief that we can survive the coming changes on our own is crazy and has never been true. I look forward to reading the next volume…
J.R. Phelps: “...Very thought-provoking and though fiction, realities are embedded into the story and you will actually start to wonder about the collapse of the world economy and how not so far off it could be...”
W. Queale, Jr.: “...the book centers on life in Canada, but the issues are easily translated into parallel events that one can fantasize might happen in the U.S., or can lead you to pack the SUV with food, water and survival gear, depending on your perspective on what is happening around the world...”

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Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalising animal.
–Robert A. Heinlein

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Book sales needed to reach goal: 320

Book Two Draft: 65% completed…
See Sneak Peek above for a passage and glance at the cover of Olduvai II: Exodus.

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