EMSA Publishing is thrilled to announce the re-release of Elise Abram’s Phase Shift.
In Phase Shift, archaeology professor Molly McBride is given an artifact that is the key to another planet, a doppelganger Earth called Gaia. Life on Gaia seems idyllic at first, but Molly soon learns the Gaians harbour a dark secret. Phase shifting technology, used to travel from their world to ours, has the potential to destroy Gaia, which will have serious repercussions for Earth. Phase Shift is Molly’s journey of discovery as she tries to find a way to save both planets from destruction.
Originally published in 2012, Phase Shift’s message remains germane today, as it questions our decision to choose economy over ecology. In her book, Abram questions the justification of supporting the status quo to the detriment of the planet. In a recent article on her website, Abram says,
“On Earth, we face global warming as a result of our love of profit and our reluctance to change to greener fuels because it will mess up the economy. On Gaia, there is a group of people who continue to experiment with terraforming and shifting between the two planets in spite of a moratorium of both. The result is, no matter what the general population does–buying fuel-efficient vehicles, conserving, reducing, reusing, recycling, composting, etc.–it doesn’t matter, because the Gaian’s are still practising terraforming and shifting.”
The main theme behind Phase Shift is that, if the government and big business don’t get on board with saving the planet, things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better, which is a fear many of us share with the author.
Phase Shift is one in a growing number of fictional works that fall into the genre of Eco-Fiction or Cli-Fi, which was born because “the threat seems to have become too pressing to ignore, and less abstract, thanks to a nonstop succession of mega-storms and record-shattering temperatures.” In her article, Cli-Fi, the Birth of a Genre, author Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow cites “major novelists” who have published books in this genre, including Margaret Atwood, and Ian McEwan; Abram is among good company.
To learn more about Phase Shift and to read the first three chapters, please visit the book’s homepage.