Sherwood Nation Reader’s Guide and Companion
The drought monitor shows how bad the current drought is. Sherwood Nation takes a long term drought to Portland, OR. Cut off from the east coast, the rich are doing ok but the city is falling apart at the seams. When a group of water activists stops an illegal water delivery to a rich neighborhood, one of the group, a woman who becomes known as Maid Marian, becomes an icon of resistance and possible political change. This is her story.
My publisher made a reader’s guide for Sherwood Nation.
U.S. Droughts Will Be the Worst in 1,000 Years
“We have strategies today to deal with drought—develop more drought-resistant crops, use more groundwater,” Cook says. “But if future droughts will be much more severe, the question is whether we can extend those strategies or if we need new ones.”
Am happy to provide a copy of my book to any municipal planner/legislator that needs a little motivation…
More than 80% of California is still in extreme drought, and the near future looks dry.
More than 80% of California remains in a state of extreme drought, according to an update from the U.S. Drought Monitor, and things aren’t expected to get better in the near future. At the Los Angeles Times, a graphic shows the progression of the drought from 2011 through today.
Terrifying. Via boingboing
CNBC says California might have to migrate people… certainly migration is currently under way in areas where farming has gone kaput:
Suffering in its third year of drought, more than 58 percent of the state is currently in “exceptional drought” stage, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map. That marks a huge jump from just seven days ago, when about 36 percent of the state was categorized that way.
Exceptional drought, the most extreme category, indicates widespread crop and pasture losses and shortages of water in reservoirs, streams and wells.
“the drought in California will cost the state $2.2 billion and put some 17,000 agricultural workers out of a job this year.”
I should mark out what the drought-map would look like in a Sherwood Nation-like scenario, where essentially everything west of the Rocky mountains is in extreme/exceptional drought. At any rate, not good!
South Miami votes to secede from Florida
This is a real, serious proposal, and it recently passed the South Miami City Commission with a 3-2 vote. The new state would consist of Florida’s 23 southern counties and would go by the name South Florida. Becoming its own, separate political entity, the city commission members explain, would allow it to devote its full attention to taking climate change seriously.
The entire lower half of the penninsula is only three feet above high-tide, on average, putting it at severe risk as the ocean rises due to climate change.
So what do you do when your state government’s leaders don’t even acknowledge climate change? Realize existing government is broken, and form a new one. I think this is a fantastic plan. By seceding they could increase their reaction time to the imminent crisis dramatically. Obviously, they read an advance copy of Sherwood Nation…
REVIEW: Sherwood Nation by Benjamin Parzybok
Just a lovely review from Electric Literature
Rich with haunting descriptions of a place once wild and now starved and poignant human dilemmas of basic survival, Sherwood Nation is a manifesto on how communities can work together to improve the greater good that does not shy from, sugarcoat, or exaggerate the corruptions of power and outcomes of rebellion. For a political treatise set in an imaginable apocalypse, Parzybok’s second novel is refreshing in its lack of heavy-handed allegory or pedantic utopian preaching. Maid Marian reaches beyond herself to create peace and solidarity in hopeless times. Threatened, others desire her demise and position. It is a clever, if cautionary tale.
I’ll be reading / performing at Elliott Bay Bookstore in Seattle, WA, along with Ryan Boudinot
October 15th, 7pm!
Here’s the event page invite
Let us know you’re coming. I hope to see you there!
A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors
By Benjamin Parzybok
Hey – @powells turned my essay into a lovely Medium post.
The audiobook version of Sherwood Nation is now live! It was performed by the incredible Andi Arndt. I just listened to the first few minutes and it sounds really great.
Here’s the thing, I have 8 copies of the audiobook version to give away. 16 and a half hours of entertainment each.
All you have to do is secede your neighborhood from the city around you and run it as your own priva— just joking!
– Name your new enclave* nation and say what it’s an enclave in.
– Create the new nation’s tagline [or/and] name one statistic
eg: Nation of Allied Alberta Blocks – Highest concentration of Thai restaurants per-capita in the world!
Respond here, or here on Twitter, or here on Facebook
I’ll give away the 8 copies to my favorite new nations on Monday, October 6th.
* Enclave – as a reminder and for simplicity sake, an enclave is a territory that is entirely surrounded by the territory of another country. eg: Vatican city, Lesotho.
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