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The birth of billions: the first step towards fusion power?

No Comments 31 August 2011

Two birth statistics caught my eye this week. One is well known, the other less so.

As you may know, the birth of the seven billionth person will take place in October of this year, most likely in India or China.

Following hot on its heels will be the birth of the billionth car. Yes that’s right, there will shortly be one thousand million motor vehicles clogging the roads of this planet. That’s one car for every seven men, women and children. It’s a phenomenal statistic and one that shows no sign of abating as third world countries continue to replace two legs with four wheels. Continue Reading

Future Earth

Iceland’s low carbon future: can we do it too?

No Comments 25 August 2011

I have previously blogged about the speed at which carbon emissions are rising and the need for a low carbon future. Essentially, emissions are on an upward growth curve that shows no signs of stopping. The evidence to support this increase is overwhelming, and whether or not you believe that the rise in emissions is the cause of global warming, the outcome is undeniable. I guess we’ll just have to get used to rising sea levels and more extreme weather patterns! In fact, many people have begun to accept that global warming has arrived and is here to stay. And they are doing something about it. Not by reducing their emissions or implementing a low carbon strategy, but by adapting to this new reality. Continue Reading

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The greed of the human race and a world without consequence

No Comments 19 August 2011

As I sat watching the riots unfold across Britain last week, I couldn’t help but draw similarities with another two recent events. Firstly, the MPs expenses scandal and secondly, the financial shenanigans which nearly brought down the Western banking system. Continue Reading

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The Code, the Nautilus and the human race

No Comments 04 August 2011

The other night I was watching The Code on the BBC which, as a non-mathematician, was something of a revelation. Essentially the programme concerns how numbers shape the natural world. In essence The Code is to Mathematics what the Wonders of the Universe is to Astronomy. It simplifies the science, or the maths, in this case, and is hosted by an equally eloquent presenter, in the form of Marcus du Sautoy. Continue Reading

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Welcome to the Summer Giveaway Hop!

77 Comments 31 July 2011

Welcome to the Summer Giveaway Hop!

A Rush of Green is one of 300+ blogs participating in the Summer Giveaway Hop! Each blog is offering a book-related giveaway and we have all joined together so you can easily hop from one giveaway to another and win plenty of book goodies.

THE PRIZE: A Rush of Green will be giving away copies of sci-fi thriller, The Human Race, to three lucky winners. Continue Reading

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Welcome to the Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop!

45 Comments 20 June 2011

Welcome to the Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop!

A Rush of Green is one of 200+ blogs participating in the Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop! Each blog is offering a book-related giveaway and we have all joined together so you can easily hop from one giveaway to another and win plenty of book goodies.

THE PRIZE: A Rush of Green will be giving away copies of sci-fi thriller, The Human Race, to three lucky winners. Continue Reading

Future Earth

Why increased life expectancy isn’t all that

2 Comments 03 June 2011

I’m currently reading Michio Kaku’s Physics of the Future, which examines the possibility that average life expectancy could reach 150 within the next 100 years. I have mixed feelings about this.

If we could keep our mental and physical health as we got older, there would of course be some upsides to extending our life expectancy. Michio Kaku’s book makes the point that this will happen  – and just imagine all the things we could achieve.

As a writer, my output could be truly prodigious. I’m about to turn 47 so I’d have another 103 years to go. At my current completion rate, I could produce at least 50 more novels. With more practice, perhaps I could hit John Grisham’s enviable output of one book per year.  Putting aside the thought that I would clutter up libraries and digital bookshelves with 103 more books containing 40,000 more pages and 12 million more words, it is quite an exciting thought. From a writer’s perspective, living longer would be great. Continue Reading

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Beware the patent troll

No Comments 26 May 2011

I hadn’t heard of a “patent troll” until last week and in one sense I wish I still hadn’t.

For those who don’t know, a patent troll is described as “a pejorative term for a person or company that enforces its patents against one or more alleged infringers in a manner considered unduly aggressive or opportunistic, often with no intention to manufacture or market the patented invention.”

My research into the numerous different patent trolls swallowed up more than half a day of precious writing time as I looked into the various species and learnt about their habits.

I am now pleased to present some facts about what was, until recently, a relatively obscure and lesser spotted creature: Continue Reading

On Writing

Welcome to the Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop!

27 Comments 24 May 2011

Welcome to the Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop!

A Rush of Green is one of 300+ blogs participating in the Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop! Each blog is offering a book-related giveaway and we have all joined together so you can easily hop from one giveaway to another and win plenty of book goodies.

THE PRIZE: A Rush of Green will be giving away copies of sci-fi thriller, The Human Race, to three lucky winners. Continue Reading

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O.C. Heaton in the Yorkshire Evening Post

No Comments 23 May 2011

I was recently interviewed by Rod McPhee of the Yorkshire Evening Post, about The Human Race and my decision to move from New York City to my hometown of Leeds, UK. The full interview is below:

This Life

Leeds People on love, life and everything

FORMER attorney OC Heaton was born and bred in Leeds but left for the bright lights of the New York legal world when he was just 23.

After seven years he returned to his home city, swapping a pad in Manhattan for a family home in Meanwood. It was initially a temporary move but – after getting married and starting a family – it became permanent. Continue Reading

Future Tech

What does “Moore’s Law” mean for the human race?

No Comments 12 May 2011

Have you heard of Moore’s Law? It’s pretty simple really.

“The number of transistors incorporated in a chip will approximately double every 24 months.

– Gordon Moore, Intel Co-Founder

Gordon Moore, the co-founder of microprocessor manufacturer Intel, observed back in the 1960s that the number of transistors (devices used to amplify and switch electronic signals) placed on an integrated circuit had approximately doubled every two years since 1958.  This became known as Moore’s Law and has held true ever since. Continue Reading

Future Earth

The Royal Wedding: was it worth the carbon cost?

1 Comment 05 May 2011

I have struggled with all the fuss caused by the Royal Wedding. As a Sixties child, the Monarchy has no personal relevance for me and represents nothing more than a colourful tourist attraction for the many visitors who come to London in search of the Queen. Not only that but, as the big day approached, all I could think about was the environmental cost of this Royal shindig.

Some 25 million Brits were going to tune in to watch William and Catherine tie the knot, along with another 2 billion viewers from across the globe. That’s nearly one third of the entire planet! Assuming an average of four hours viewing time, that’s 0.0352 kg/c per TV or approximately 70,000 tonnes of carbon released into the atmosphere from everyone’s TVs as they watched the Royal couple. And that’s just the tellies! Continue Reading


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Reviews of The Human Race

Unputdownable. Yes, I know it's not a word, but it definitely applies here, anyway. That's the word I'm going with, to describe The Human Race by O.C. Heaton. - Hira N. Hasnain

An outstanding first novel from O.C. Heaton that catapults him into the Best Seller league… - Justine Bond

"This is an exciting, fast-paced read. The Human Race is a book that is very easy to forget to put down. Bring on part two!" - L. H. Bowers

"If you are looking for a well-plotted and well-written thriller to while away the hours of a long flight, this offering might suit you very well." - David Bryson, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer

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Charles Heaton British thriller writer O.C. Heaton, author of The Human Race, is fascinated by the past, present and future of human evolution. (Image credit: Ross Parry Agency) Read More>>

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