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First we kill the reef, then we kill ourselves

Posted May 31, 2016 into Blunty by John Birmingham

The Great Barrier Reef is almost certainly doomed. But that's OK, because our own doom is only probable, not certain. It will die before we do. It will die because of us. But we are such a resourceful, inventive, endlessly self-seeking species that we might yet survive the catastrophe we have visited upon the planet. Maybe in domes.

Yes, huge city-sized domes with a Soylent Green stall on every corner. That would be cool.

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10 Responses to ‘First we kill the reef, then we kill ourselves’

jl ducks in to say...

Posted May 31, 2016
It's a damn, crying shame.

"Soylent Green is people". Will we be reduced to that?

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Blarkon is gonna tell you...

Posted May 31, 2016
Need Splodey Eco-Warrior-Fiction. Saving the planet, one splosion at a time.

Of course the Space Lizard books come first because Space Lizards. But eventually Splodey Eco-Warrior-Fiction. Something like Havock finally deciding to go Green in the splodeyest way possible.

Halwes mumbles...

Posted June 1, 2016
Have you read "The Monkey Wrench Gang".? One of my all time favourites. Explosions, sex, drugs. How can you go wrong?

damian is gonna tell you...

Posted June 2, 2016
Think the right time for splodey eco-warrior fiction was the 90s. I mean we probably had it but everyone labelled it as extremist. Sure it doesn't seem that way now but looking back, some of the individuals weren't as likable as you might wish either. Bit late now - for every Paul Watson there are 10 dentists shooting lions. Guess that doesn't mean we can't turn it around, especially targeting the young adult market (readers, that is, not lions).

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Bondiboy66 mumbles...

Posted May 31, 2016
Best the family and I visit again before its gone....

Therbs is gonna tell you...

Posted May 31, 2016
Better be quick.

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Therbs swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 31, 2016
Bleat all you like about white coral and other irrelevant organisms passing on.
The future is Domes! Tax-loopholed, ultra secure, home domes.
Get in quick, Free debentures for my dome construction company are sitting on the table outside the entrance. Don't hurt yourselves in the rush.

Nocturnalist mutters...

Posted May 31, 2016
Ben Elton did a novel about this, where every first-world household had an environmentally self-contained "Claustrosphere" in the back yard.

JBtoo puts forth...

Posted May 31, 2016
And then there's Clade, by James Bradley

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damian has opinions thus...

Posted June 2, 2016
I especially liked the bit about the oompah band.

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