The Mystery Woman is a good spotter because she’s better read than I. Credit her curiosity with finding this nugget from 1949 that fits today. It’s from Arthur C Clarke, the futuristic genius who wrote the screenplay and novel 2001, A Space Odyssey and then wrote the movie with Stanley Kubrick.
Stay with me here. This has a surprise conclusion.
Here’s the quote from The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke. The chapter is aptly titled History Lesson, first published in Startling Stories, May 1949.
‘History Lesson’ is also the first of two stories in which glaciers return to cover the world. In the preface to Expedition to Earth, Clarke notes his discovery of a literally chilling phrase in Will and Ariel Durant’s Story of Civilisation. ‘Civilisation is an interlude between Ice Ages’, and observes ‘the next one is already overdue; perhaps global warming has arrived just in time to save us.’
ADD ONE: cities around the world will go dark for the second annual Earth Hour Saturday night. At Niagara, for example, Horseshoe Falls will go dark.
ADD TWO: the enormous floating Antarctic ice shelf sheared off this month after holding tight for more than 12,000 years.
Worth repeating: ‘perhaps global warming has arrived just in time to save us.’