Tuesday, May 16, 2023

New Book! Proving Grounds by Jean-Paul L. Garnier

Approximately 2624 nuclear bombs have been detonated since 1945. The vast majority of these bombs were dropped on the countries who made them, or on their colonies, as “tests”. Nukes have been detonated on land, in the sky, in the ocean, in space, and underground - last but not least on Hiroshima and Nagasaki – killing tens of thousands of people and injuring tens of thousands more. The nuclear arsenal is large enough to destroy every city on Earth thousands of times over. Only those profiting by the manufacture of these weapons of mass destruction see the logic in the overwhelming destructive power of such “deterrents”. And profited they have.

Since the Cold War allegedly ended in 1991 
the discussion of nuclear weapons has largely disappeared, yet these arsenals are still in existence, aging and in need of maintenance, posing even more of a threat then they did in the past. So why then have they ceased to be in the forefront of our minds? This book is intended as an ugly reminder of one of the greatest threats humanity has ever encountered, one which we have bestowed upon ourselves and which is still present until we have agreed upon and reached the necessary and urgent total disarmament of all nuclear weapons.

Despite the dark nature of the poems contained in this book, I hope that you find within its pages the possibility of hope. I hope that you see that much of the damage we have done can be stopped in its tracks. We can achieve total nuclear disarmament, it is possible.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

Jean-Paul L. Garnier

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Jean-Paul L. Garnier lives and writes in Joshua Tree, CA where he is the owner of Space Cowboy Books, a science fiction bookstore, independent publisher, and producer of Simultaneous Times podcast. In 2020 his first novella Garbage In, Gospel Out was released, and in 2018 Traveling Shoes Press released Echo of Creation, a collection of his science fiction short stories. He has also released several collections of poetry: 
Future Anthropology (2018), Odes to Scientists (2019), Betelgeuse Dimming (2020), Utopian Problems (2021), and Time’s Arrow (2022). He is a five-time Elgin Nominee and has also appeared in the 2020 Dwarf Stars anthology, Dark Matter Magazine, Utopia Magazine, and more. He is a regular contributor to DreamFoundry.org's blog and is the current editor of Star*Line Magazine.

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