The Story Behind ‘Hurtling to Oblivion’.
edited: Monday, September 17, 2012
By Dave Field
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Saturday, July 01, 2006
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A response to the question, “Why did I write ‘Hurtling to Oblivion’?”, a novel available from Whiskey Creek Press, and which won a LiFE Award in February 2007.
‘Hurtling to Oblivion’ is a work of fiction. As such, it’s intended to entertain, hopefully engross, the reader. Many of the places described in this story exist. Some don’t. None of the people mentioned in this story exist—perhaps some should. There are no characters depicted intended to resemble any person who lives or has lived. The positions of people in public life—for example, political appointments—have been used, however the personal qualities of the characters in the story are not intended to represent those of real-world politicians holding similar positions. Similarly, government departments and industries mentioned do not exist, though there are obviously parallels to be drawn with the real world. The events described in the story didn’t happen, though in some cases, fairly similar events did—or could—take place. Much of the technical background to the story comes from my own experience in the marine research arena. The story is set in the Northern Territory of Australia. There are three reasons for this: It’s where I live. It’s where I learned a lot of the things about which I write. And it’s a place with a largely pristine environment which should be protected. Yes, there’s an underlying message in the story. It is, if we don’t stop destroying our world, we’ll end up destroying ourselves. The scenarios for ‘Hurtling to Oblivion’ could be transplanted to almost any coastal venue in Australia, or in many places in the world for that matter. The followers of Wicca appear in the story. If I was going to have a ‘religion’, Wicca would be my first choice. Actually, Wicca seems more a way of life than a religion. The paranormal attributes suggested in the story are my fancies, not drawn from any investigations of Wicca. There's a bitter truth to the tale. It’s a fact that, despite an infinity of advice and warnings from people who are paid to give us heed when we are doing something wrong, we, in our typically arrogant and indifferent human manner, are fouling and killing the only place where we know for a fact that we and all other earth life-forms can exist. ‘Hurtling to Oblivion’ is dedicated to the thousands of scientists and technicians who work assiduously to provide good information intended to allow proper environmental management practice. Perhaps my cynicism is raging, but I’m convinced most of the seeds of their efforts fall on stony ground. It’s also dedicated to Margi, my partner. Finally, ‘Hurtling to Oblivion’ is dedicated to, and was written in a vainglorious attempt to help our planet. Cover art by Nancy Donahue at www.cottagemagic.com. The novel is available from Whiskey Creek Press at http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com, where you can also take a look at another of my stories, 'Profile Three'.