I found this blog post quite fascinating and terrifying at the same time. Mandatory contraception after the first child might be in force by the end of the century? Who knows? Of course there are also thousands of deaths every day to balance out the increase in the population, but I’ve seen first hand what transpires as soon as there’s a shortage of a product. People have been fighting on garage forecourts during our recent fuel crisis, and of course the strongest will eventually survive. Even during the ridiculous shortage of toilet paper last year fit young men were fighting for the last loo roll. We’re not far removed from the rats…

Stuart Aken

One aspect of the modern world that contributed to my urge to write the latest novel was the issue of population. It doesn’t feature much in the story, more of an aside, but was definitely an underlying stimulus to the idea of the book.

In common with many people, my major concern has been the climate and environment for some decades. That the issue is finally coming to the attention of political and commercial leaders is a hopeful trend, but not one I expect to develop into anything meaningful in time to prevent the real catastrophe facing both humanity and many other species.

It would be wonderful to do an optimistic piece on this topic, but almost every aspect of it produces negative ideas and consequences. For those who are either sceptical or unaware of the staggering increase in the number of humans inhabiting this finite…

View original post 793 more words