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I've written for the glossy trade monthly Modern Power Systems
for more than two decades. This year is its fortieth anniversary, and the editor asked me to contribute a retrospective-prospective piece
for the anniversary issue - a capsule survey of the electricity transition past and future: From fire to fire-free electricity.
As we grappled with Covid-19, the Chatham House monthly The World Today
published my piece entitled
'Out of the ashes, a new world'.
Just before we realized the full impact of Covid-19, I gave a seminar 28 January 2020 at the
Sussex Energy Group and 27 February at
Chatham House . As an introduction to what I hope will be my next book I called
the presentation Living Cool: A New Story. As the world continues to battle Covid-19 I
am now immersed in a deep reassessment of the analysis underlying Living Cool. I still think it's valid, but its implications are now dramatically different.
My friends at the Science Museum at last finished cataloguing the 602 books in the
Patterson Nuclear Collection
that I donated to the Museum two decades ago. I think it may be a unique resource for anyone interested
in the history of nuclear energy, military and civil. The Collection is now online and searchable
My most recent book, Electricity Vs Fire: The Fight For Our Future, is now
free to download here as an ebook or a PDF. The paperback is also available from Amazon,
just £5.00 in the UK or $7.50 in the US, plus shipping. If you enjoy Electricity Vs Fire do please spread the word about it, perhaps review it on Amazon or indeed elsewhere,
and let your friends know about it - particularly friends who find 'energy' and 'climate' boring.
('Energy' appears only halfway through the book, briefly, 'climate' not at all.) Indeed I'd also be pleased to hear from you.
This work is continuing, and I greatly appreciate your interest.