June 23rd, 2007

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Free book available

Got this in my Inbox just now. I am publishing a story by Sonny in issue 31 and am happy to support this:

Book download available from:

http://www.sonnywhitelaw.com  or

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From Sonny Whitelaw:

As many of you know, I’ve been concerned  about the social as well as environmental issues surrounding climate change since my postgrad studies in the subject at Sydney University in 1980. Since then, I’ve published over a hundred articles and several novels, with a further two novels scheduled for UK, US and Australian release in 2007.

In 2005, I explored the wide-ranging outfall of climate change in my novel, The Rhesus Factor. The novel won an award, briefly visited a few bestseller lists, and inspired a politician to urge every member of the Queensland State Parliament to read a copy so that they, too, might grasp the real meaning of climate change (the full text of this speech is available on my web site).

For reasons that I’ve explained in the inside cover, my publisher and I have just released The Rhesus Factor as a freely available ebook.

By free, we mean that you can download and share it at no charge, no cost, gratis. There are no strings to this, no forms to fill in, no obligations or competitions to enter, and no requests for your personal details or for financial contributions or remunerations. I have revisited the premise for this story in a later novel, and may do so again (hence it’s marketed as part of a ‘series’), however The Rhesus Factor, is a complete, stand-alone story currently available as a paperback from the usual outlets. (ISBN and details at the bottom of this email).

You can download The Rhesus Factor from my website http://www.sonnywhitelaw.com/ as a PDF file. It’s also freely available in several of the latest version e-reader book formats from my publisher http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/single.php?ISBN=1-55404-237-2

So, why are we giving away The Rhesus Factor? Our reasons are straightforward. In the last twelve months the complex issues resulting from climate change have shifted rapidly from the realms of science fiction to painful reality. Understandably, many are unable to grasp exactly what the short and long-term implications are for them and their loved ones. As a rule, before people are willing to act to save themselves, they need a clear vision of the dangers and of the consequences of ignoring those dangers. While science describes our world through facts and figures, art and literature describes our world in metaphorical ways, by allowing us to see with our hearts what our minds sometimes have trouble fathoming. By making The Rhesus Factor freely available, my Canadian publisher, Deron Douglas, (who footed the bill for this venture) and I hope that a greater number of people might better understand the real meaning of climate change and its implications, while producing this novel as an ebook will leave the barest possible carbon footprint in its wake.

At this critical juncture in human history, all of us—artists, scientists, and policy makers—have a moral obligation to our children and grandchildren to address this most urgent of issues. Nature is rewriting the story of our planet, but she is only doing so under duress. If we don’t all pitch in now using whatever skills we have, we may find ourselves written out of the story entirely.

We hope you will enjoy this free edition of The Rhesus Factor and invite you to distribute the novel, or the link to where it can be downloaded, to others. You may also distribute a copy from your website or blog, conditional on the novel remaining intact with all credits, cover and © details unaltered.

Thank you for your time,

ISBN-10: 1-55404-237-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-55404-237-1
eBook Length: 315 Pages
Published: June 2007
Imprint: Double Dragon Publishing
Download:(no charge, PDF format) http://www.sonnywhitelaw.com
                  (no charge, multi ebook formats)  http://www.doubledragon-ebooks.com/     single.php?ISBN=1-55404-209-7   

Sonny Whitelaw
email: sonny[at]sonnywhitelaw.com
Modern civilizations grew from city-states, not nomadic tribesmen. But nomads have
the flexibility of moving when climate changes, city-states do not, unless they wage
war on other city-states and displace them.
    - The Rhesus Factor

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