The “NEVIL” award is named after Nevil Shute, author of the novel “On the beach“, which is the best known of his 24 published novels. It is a book about everybody on the planet dying from radioactive fallout after a nuclear war, which may be an appropriate metaphor for global warming considering the possibility of Venus syndrome.
I recall that Jim Hansen seems to have changed his mind about that risk. So maybe it is less likely to happen than Germany beating Brazil by 7 to 1. But global warming is a potential human extinction risk, at least more so than nuclear war. And calling attention to that risk by writing novels is what I want to do.
I feel pleased and honored to be included in a list with Paolo Bacigalupi, who in contrast to me is a professional fiction writer who knows what he’s doing.
I have started a list titled Cli-Fi: Climate Change Fiction on Goodreads, and I have read and reviewed some efforts of other authors who write about climate change. But I have yet to find one climate change novel that actually proposes a solution to our little global warming problem that might just work. I am motivated in part by doing exactly that, and “Last Week” does propose a solution, like my other two global warming science fiction novels.
The other motivation is that I would like to scare readers, since humans are by nature not suited to understand the enormity of this risk. See this 2012 post titled “Don’t Fear the Raptor” for a more detailed explanation of that point.