Author Archives: DKT

How to write climate fiction!

This is the third in a series of three posts about climate fiction. You can find the first here and the second here. If a citizen living in pre-20th century Britain were to be told that in the future they … Continue reading

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The history of the future

This is number two in a series of three blog posts about climate fiction around the following discussion to be held at the Life Centre, Newcastle on 14 September 2022: https://www.life.org.uk/events/cli-fi. Read the first post here. Humanity – and I … Continue reading

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Climate change is here. It’s the job of writers to give us hope.

I’m David Thorpe, a writer of climate fiction amongst other things, including lots of academic books and articles on climate change, but I’m probably best known for my work for Marvel comics. I wrote a comic book in 1990 for … Continue reading

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I never expected this

It is now eleven months since my life changed completely because I had a stroke. I was in hospital for 11 weeks. I thought my recovery would be a lot faster. Nothing can prepare you for a stroke. You don’t … Continue reading

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What’s left to write about

The world is now so post-dada that absurdist meta-commentary has become mainstream. How should writers respond? What is left? 102 years after Cabaret Voltaire and 340 years after Candide we find ourselves in a similar age of pessimism where everybody … Continue reading

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Books to change your life

Sometimes reading can change your life. This post tells you the books that changed mine. Tell me what books changed yours? Read more on the Shepherd website

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New climate fiction! Celebrating Kurt Vonnegut!

I have two new short stories out! Both very different kinds of climate fiction… So It Goes So It Goes Vol. 10 – The Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library, The Good Earth: Vonnegut and the Environment is … Continue reading

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In praise of the NHS

I’m in Glangwili hospital, Carmarthen, recuperating from a stroke. I’ve written this rap poem to say thank you to the incredible nursing, physio and OT staff, who every day go beyond duty to help all patients. I hope someone records … Continue reading

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Despair at climate change, and how (maybe) to deal with it.

I feel so sad for the future of all life on Earth, and for my children’s future. I’ve been involved in environmental activism, research and the business of testing and spreading solutions to environmental problems for 30 years. I always … Continue reading

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How to keep cool in summer without using energy!

Trying to keep cool in the hot weather? You’ll find many no- and low-cost tips in my book Solar Technology! Topics range from the simple and straightforward to the more advanced: curtains natural ventilation, such as cross ventilation and taking … Continue reading

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