Is a global economic, social, and political
Flowing from actual world events, a damaged environment, dwindling energy resources, and a manipulated market-economy all come crashing together in this tale about the social and individual impact of stresses that overwhelm a precarious and complex global system. Supply chain interruptions, border disputes, increased fascism, growing protest movements, and mass migration out of rural areas and into cities dominate the 'new normal'.
The term 'Olduvai' refers to the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, Africa. The area has been a treasure trove of hominid and pre-hominid fossils made most famous by the multigenerational explorations of the Leakey family. The 'Olduvai Theory', postulated by Richard Duncan in 1986, proposes that humanity is destined to return to a stone-age way of life with the loss of the electrical power grid.
Follow the struggles of several Canadians amidst the chaos. Marissa, a young university student, confronting the end of her prescription for a mental health issue, and her eight year old sister, Kat, who are stranded in a remote part of Ontario when their parents are caught up in a massive riot in Toronto; Mac, a mature student at Lethbridge College, Alberta, who uncovers a Canadian military secret; Ranjeet, a recently promoted Toronto banker who has his faith in the banking system turned upside down when a colleague shares some startling information; and Sam, an activist who has predicted the collapse for years, but has his preparations challenged by an unexpected 'Black Swan' event.
Is this the world's future?
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PLEASE NOTE: This site serves to introduce the book OLDUVAI and provide a means to explore some of the topics and issues raised in it, as well as share some personal musings. It is only periodically updated as I have refocused my energies on my blog (www.olduvaiblog.wordpress.com), reading new material, and writing my next book: Olduvai 2: Exodus.Cheers!