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The author of the book: Robert Fanney
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Edition: Dark Forest Press
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We are living in the age of Growth Shock...
Around the world, we see income inequality increasing. Economic growth in much of the world no longer benefits broader populations but increasingly benefits only the wealthy. Growth, in large part, has come to be based on rapidly exploiting dirty fossil fuel reserves and an expanding base of cheap, slave-wage labor from the world's 7 billion, and growing, population. All while reliance on fossil fuels creates a double bind of increasing energy prices and growing damage due to climate change. Growth, in this case, primarily enriches a diminishing few, erodes the prospect for prosperity for many, and rapidly wrecks the life support capacity of our planet.
This brand of growth, promoted for so long by entrenched global special interests, is simply no longer sustainable. With each passing year, the continued pursuit of such growth results in increasingly harmful shock.
In this case, the words of Limits to Growth authors ring all too true:
“If a society's implicit goals are to exploit nature, enrich the elites, and ignore the long-term, then that society will develop technologies and markets that destroy the environment, widen the gap between the rich and the poor, and optimize for short-term gains. In short, that society develops technologies and markets that hasten a collapse instead of preventing it.”
In Growth Shock, emerging threats expert Robert Marston Fanney examines the four underlying structures of Shock: population growth, resource depletion, climate change, and institutionalized inequality. Drawing from a host of sources including such diverse works as The Limits to Growth, Collapse, and Storms of My Grandchildren he links each to current corporate and government structures enforcing dependence on an ever-increasing consumption of dangerous and depleting non-renewable resources and on economic systems that primarily benefit the wealthy. Finally, he provides a raft of solutions for re-establishing and advancing the systems of sustainability, cooperation, and economic fairness that are the best means to effectively confront a worsening Growth Shock crisis.
(Proceeds for the sales of this book go to benefit the climate action group 350.org and to funding a number of individual, local, and community sustainability efforts.)
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Read information about the authorRobert Fannéy was born on November 4, 1972 in Southeastern Virginia. He lived in Virginia Beach, VA for much of his younger life and currently resides in Washington Grove, MD with his wife, Catherine, and two talkative Maine Coon cats.
The scenic Seashore State Park and the frothy Atlantic Ocean bordered Robert's world as a child. Ever changing and full of mystery, both were an inspiration to Robert as he set out to create the fantastic settings of Oesha and the Vale of Mists. A surfer since a very young age, Robert has felt a deep connection with nature and finds that his most spiritual times are while sitting on a tiny surfboard upon a vast ocean or laying on the sand beneath an even vaster sea of stars.
As a teen, Robert often wrote short stories and poems about his adventures. He made frequent trips to the library and book store and read widely. Some of his favorite books were Michael Ende's The Neverending Story, Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn, Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising, Roger Zelazney's Chronicles of Amber, and Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain.
Robert was also inspired by the strong women in his life and, while attending the gothic Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, (1991-1995) he began writing a female epic fantasy which he later named Luthiel's Song. Despite numerous hardships, Robert continued to write throughout much of his adult life. He worked at a number of different jobs -- waiting tables, serving as a police officer, and even working as a coordinating editor and author for a well known niche publisher -- Jane's Information Group. During his time at Jane's Robert edited and contributed to over 15 books and magazines and co-authored Jane's Citizen Safety Guide.
Robert was able to put his experience -- both in writing and in life -- to good use and finally, after nine years, Robert had a completed first novel. With the help of his friend Matthew Friedman, an amazing artist by the name of Siya Oum, and his wife Catherine, Robert decided to publish independently. He started a boutique publishing house named Dark Forest Press and in six months produced a professional quality fantasy novel (2005).
Robert then set out to promote the book himself, beginning with online promotion and talks at local venues. By 2011, Robert had given over 300 presentations at libraries, schools, and bookstores, appeared on local and national television including CSPAN's BookTV and independently sold over 32,000 copies.
Robert has also recently completed book 2 in the Luthiel's Song series -- The War of Mists -- and is now working on book 3 -- The Nightmares of Winter.
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