Author Archives: Dr Bob Rich

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.

Living the future we want

This is what a bunch of people in Arizona did in 1996. Their suburb got hot as hell in summer. It is a dry location subject to drought, and they knew that climate change would only make it worse over … Continue reading

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Can you help me improve this synopsis?

I am asking feedback from my writing friends: can you suggest how I can make the synopsis below irresistible to agents? Thank you! Today’s youngsters justly despair about their future. Greed and aggression are pushing us toward extinction. The solution … Continue reading

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Bobbing Around Volume 22 Number 9

Hillel the sage, who was asked to relate the whole of Torah while standing on one foot: “Do not do to others that which is hateful to you. All the rest is commentary. Now go study.” Talmud, Shabbat 31a Irrespective … Continue reading

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An archeological find: Fiona McVie interviewed Bob Rich in 2014

I was looking for something in my computer (none of your business, stop asking!) and came across this long-buried interview, which took flight soon after Ascending Spiral was published. Looking at it “cold,” I find it entertaining, and just as … Continue reading

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The worst possible consolation

“I told you so” IS the worst possible consolation. The latest statement from the IPCC emphasises what I’ve been shouting for some years: the climate catastrophe is not a prediction, but history. It is here, and we are well within … Continue reading

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Where to hide the time machine: backstory

Skye Taylor has set us this topic: The Importance of your character’s backstory/history and how to share this with the reader without an info dump that stalls the action. Skye’s question immediately reminded me of a little essay I wrote … Continue reading

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Little boy’s magic fingers

He looks maybe five years old. He plays the piano like an experienced concert pianist. If you enjoy beautiful music, and want to admire a little genius, click here. Thank you, Don Lubov, for forwarding the link.

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Let’s talk about Nitrogen

Mike Muntisov was among the most helpful in providing feedback on REAL Human Nature. I have thoroughly reorganised my book in response to his critique. The last section of the book is What Advance Readers Have Said, and, naturally, Mike … Continue reading

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I had a dream last night. There was a mother with flowing black hair. And there were four daughters with flowing black hair. Each of them was in a glowing transparent cylinder. Don’t ask me why—it was a dream. Wherever … Continue reading

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Inspiring recollections from Kaira Jewel Lingo

I am on Kaira’s mailing list, and received this post today. My reaction was one of admiration for her, and for her father, who was one of the few white people helping Martin Luther King organise his historic protests. It’s … Continue reading

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