World War Z meets An Inconvenient Truth. Baer’s climate change thriller focuses on political machinations instead of the horrifying weather patterns, a uniquely creative approach to a liberal society’s descent into martial law. We Are But A Moment is smarter than a fast-paced disaster novel should be, predicting centralized control as the world order is shattered by Mother Nature.
—Owen West, author of Sharkman Six and The Snake Eaters
“Baer’s not-quite-dystopian tale offers a frightening premise….The author’s ability to identify difficulties and design solutions gives the story an almost hopeful feeling about this dreaded future….The distressing ending compensates for all, serving as an indictment of a society in which politics has become a personality contest.”
Price: $13.95 (paperback) | $2.99 (ebook)
Pages: 374 pages
Book dimensions: 5.25 x 0.9 x 8 inches
Published: April 17, 2020
Warbler Press proudly reintroduces this prescient 2017 publication
We Are But a Moment takes the reader on a brisk tour of the globe that vividly imagines the inescapable crisis of the near future posed by overpopulation, diminishing natural resources, climate change, species extinction, and economic tumult.
It is 2025, and a young White House aide, Aleks, finds himself locked up in quarantine when he tested positive after a routine briefing from a hotspot. Aleks recounts how our much-admired female president became a globally revered leader who unites much of the world under the environmental banner. Aleks’s position as environmental advisor to the president’s policy team gives him a privileged insider’s view into the political maneuvering that has led to U.S. global dominance.
When he discovers unfamiliar files on his computer, he is thrown into a moral crisis over who he trusts, what he believes, and the value of the causes for which he has been fighting as he grapples to make sense of the people and events that led to his quarantine.
Philosophical rather than prescriptive, the book is about how we live and die in the 21st century, what we consume, how we inhabit our world, and whether we can all live and love in the future.
Ulrich Baer holds a BA from Harvard and a PhD from Yale. He is University Professor at New York University, where he teaches literature and photography and has been awarded Guggenheim, Getty, and Alexander von Humboldt fellowships for his work. He is the translator and editor of Rainer Maria Rilke’s The Dark Interval, Letters on Life, and Letters to a Young Poet. Other books include Remnants of Song, Spectral Evidence, What Snowflakes Get Right, and in the Warbler Press Contemplations series: Dickinson on Love, Nietzsche on Love, Rilke on Love, and Wilde on Love.