Ghengis Khan in My Global Warming Science Fiction Novel “Great News”

At the occasion of the 850th birthday of Ghengis Khan, here is another excerpt from my global warming science fiction novel “Great News”, which is available on this blog as a free PDF file.

“Well, I like to put in ‘Kha’ in the beginning, because that is supposed to make people think of the word ‘Khan’, as in ‘Genghis Khan’, who has a reputation for cruelty in the Western world,” I explain.

“Oh, Temujin. I remember him well,” the hypnotist says.

“’Temujin’?” I ask.

“That was his name before he changed it to ‘Genghis Khan’, after he united all the Mongolian confederations in 1206,” the hypnotist explains.

“And what do you mean, ‘you remember him well’? Was he another Chosen One?” I ask.

“Yes,” he answers. “He won the lottery when he was only a boy of twelve years, and a slave of the Tayichi’ud,” Khalmorot says.

“So that was your influence behind his successful military campaigns?” I ask.

“Yes. That dagger lying on your desk right now has seen some interesting action in the campaign against Khwarezmia,” he explains.

I have never heard of Khwarezmia. Maybe that’s because Genghis Khan obliterated it completely in his time. I don’t think that Khalmorot is making this up.

So he has been talking to Genghis Khan as well. I have not only Jules Verne as a predecessor in this story. I wonder who else is in the club.

In that instant, I remember a theory about Genghis Khan I recently read, linking him to global warming.

I have taken some interest in Mongolia before, since I think that having a large-scale renewable energy project in the Mongolian Gobi desert could help a lot with reducing coal use in China and India. Just like the Desertec project wants to use the African Sahara to get some of the power needed for Europe, an Asian Desertec project could turn out extremely useful in countering climate change.

I decide to ask Khalmorot about this theory. Maybe he knows if it is true.

“Have you ever heard about the theory linking the rise of the Mongolian empire to global warming?” I ask.

“Yes. Of course. I know everything ever published by any human being,” he answers in a matter of fact way.

That’s impressive. I have learned a bit of memory techniques for my mentalism shows, but I would never be able to know everything.

“So is it true that there was a period of more rainfall in Mongolia in the first couple of centuries of the thirteenth Century as a consequence of the Medieval Warm Period climate event? And that the Mongolian military campaigns were helped by the fact that this made raising horses in Mongolia easier?” I ask.

“Yes,” Khalmorot says. “Actually, I knew that would happen, and I told Temujin. Just as I told you that the Arctic Ocean will be free of ice in a couple of months. He didn’t have any stock options to buy at the time, but he did all right even without that.”

Interesting. I realize that I can learn things about history from him no historian will ever know. He has lived through the time himself. I suspect that Khalmorot actually decided much of human history as part of some television show script. Probably he had some other show running. I decide to ask about that as well.

“Was Genghis Khan another star in your Heat Games show?” I ask.

“Of course not. That show has only started recently, about two hundred years ago. He was a main character in the War Games. That was never so successful as the Heat Games are, but it always had a fair number of viewers. I recall that the episode where Ghengis Khan had Inalchuq executed by pouring molten silver in his eyes and ears in the campaign against Khwarezmia was quite popular with viewers. Even now, a couple of centuries later, that one has excellent access stats,” he says.

Published by kflenz

Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. Author of Lenz Blog (since 2003, lenzblog.com).

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