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Bill McGuire


Bill McGuire is an academic, activist, broadcaster, blogger and writer of popular science and speculative fiction. His non-fiction books include A Guide to the End of the World: Everything you Never Wanted to Know and Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet. His current books are Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes – ranked 5th in a Guardian list of the best ever eco books – and Global Catastrophes: a Very Short Introduction. His short stories have been published online and in anthologies. Bill is a Patron of Scientists for Global Responsibility and a Co-director of ther New Weather Institute.

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Bill joins the Word Forest Organisation as Special Scientific Advisor.

Read more about Bill and Word Forest here

Bill talks to ScientistsWarning

Listen here to Bill talking to ScientistsWarning's Dr. Alison Green about the hazards of geoengineering and more.

Bill's interview with Extinction Rebellion Rebel Radio

Listen to Bill's interview with Marijn van de Geer here

Bill talks about geoengineering and his new novel Skyseed

Listen here to Bill's interview with Nick Breeze on the Shaping the Future podcast

Support the science oath for the climate

Bill is one of five founding signatories of the Science Oath for the Climate. See in The Guardian here

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Find out a little more about Bill, his work and his likes

See UCL's spotlight on Bill here

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Bill talks about his new novel, SKYSEED

Listen to Bill speak about his new novel, Skyseed, and the contentious issue of geoengineering, on the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series, Climate Podcast here

Early reviews of Bill's debut novel - SKYSEED

'Bill McGuire's speculative fiction is timely and ice-crystal clear.'  Medium.com

Terrific read, scary plot from volcanologist prof Bill McGuire. Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice...'  Roger Harrabin, BBC

'Thought provoking and fast-paced ecological thriller.....an excellent debut and highly recommended.' Amazon UK

'One of the most remarkable books I have ever read.' Reflections magazine

'This is not a story for the faint-hearted. I could hardly put it down.....' WordForest.Org

'Absolutely, terrifyingly, utterly realistic. This is speculative fiction that will keep you up at night with its plausibility. If you love speculative fiction, science fiction, drama, and thrillers, this book is one that needs to be at the top of your “Must Read” List for 2020 and 2021.' Netgalley

'Skyseed has what good thrillers always need.....a world to save, characters with a bit of go in them, some plausible villains, fast-paced action, sustained tension, a big moment of reckoning.....' Climate News Network

Bill McGuire with Skyseed

Hacking the Earth might be the last thing we ever do. Sometimes, when you're in a hole, it's best to stop digging. This applies as much to messing with the climate as anything else, except even more so.

'Jane Haliwell put her head in her hands. To tell the truth, she was still in shock. All the samples she had taken from inside and around the lab contained the enigmatic spheres in huge numbers. She had only had a brief time to think about the implications, but she was pretty sure already what was going on. She remembered reading somewhere, a while back now, about the notion that climate breakdown could be 'cured' by using armies of nanobots to gobble up the vast quantity of carbon pumped into the atmosphere as a result of human excesses. She had laughed it off at the time as a load of neocon guff. A fantasy technofix to keep capitalism in the fast lane, while knocking that pesky global heating on the head. Now, it seemed, someone, some group, some regime, was actually doing it; unilaterally sucking carbon - the principal driver of climate breakdown - out of the atmosphere. For the first time in the history of our world, it was literally raining carbon. Long before it stopped, the guilty would pay, but so would the innocent.'

Read an interview with Bill about Skyseed and it's message here

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Geol Soc Resignation

After more than 40 years as a Fellow and former Member of Council, I have resigned from the Geological Society over its continued close relationship with fossil fuel companies. I strongly urge other Fellows of the GS - and members of all professional bodies and learned societies - to examine closely their links with those corporations responsible for global heating and climate breakdown, and to take appropriate action.

See here for more on this story.

extinction rebellion

Extinction Rebellion (XR) is a global social movement that seeks to drive radical change, through non-violent resistence, in order to avert climate breakdown and minimise the risk of ecological collapse and human extinction. If you care about our world, all life upon it and the future of your children and their children, then join up here.

ARTICLES IN the press on......

Hacking the Earth in The Ecologist here

The hottest September on record in Prospect magazine here

Ice loss and rising sea level in Prospect magazine here

Skyseed and geoengineering in Reactions magazine here

Britain's worsening wild weather in Prospect magazine here

Global heating and climate breakdown in Responsible Science here

Why we can't predict earthquakes in Science Focus magazine here

The perils and pitfalls of geoengineering in Hourglass News here

The Australian bushfires, in Science Focus magazine here

The White island volcanic explosion, New Zealand in Science Focus magazine here

The Venice floods in Prospect magazine here

Read Bill's Prospect magazine archive here

bill's short stories

Read Bill's short story about life in a climate-devastated Britain on the Extinction Rebellion Creative Hub here

Read Bill's latest short story 'The Shop' in Teleport magazine here

In the future, appearance is everything - absolutely everything. Listen to Bill's tale Template on Tall Tale TV here


Latest blog post here: Why faking a volcanic blast to tackle the climate emergency is a really bad idea.

Read Bill's Weather Bombs archive here


Knock Three Times: Modern Folk Tales for a Troubled World is a short story anthology co-edited by Andrew Simms and Bill McGuire.

Get your copy, for just £8.99, from The Real Press here


Operation Noah is a Christian charity working with the Church to inspire action on climate change.

Read Bill's latest blog post here: Hacking the Earth: the last thing we will ever do?.

Read Bill's Operation Noah blog archive here


Award-winning environmental journalist and author, Fred Pearce, has ranked Waking the Giant at number five in his list of the best ever eco books. The citation observes: 'Just out, and dreadfully alarming. Bill McGuire, a distinguished geologist and brilliant science writer, charts how changing climate may trigger not just wild weather but also volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. Perhaps it already is. The last time that ice caps were melting and sea levels were rising, geology was in overdrive. Faults shuddered, magma melted and mayhem followed. As McGuire persuasively shows, it could be kicking off again. This is science so scary that even the climate scientists widely dismissed as alarmists do not dare speak of it.' For the full list, go to:

Come and hear Bill McGuire speak

Bill's post-pandemic talks - coming in 2021.