Shackleton’s Man Goes South is the title of a new novel by author Tony White, premiering exclusively at the Science Museum, that explores how climate change could affect the world we live in. It is also the title of a display in the Atmosphere gallery that charts the literary and scientific inspiration behind the writing of the book.
White was inspired by the chance discovery of a little-known science fiction story about ‘climate change’ published in the ‘South Polar Times’, the shipboard newspaper on Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated 1911 Antarctic expedition. The author, polar explorer and meteorologist George Clarke Simpson, went on to become a leading atmospheric scientist and director of the Met Office. In this display White shows how tales from the heroic age of exploration inspired a thought-provoking work of fiction that explores the political, social and cultural impacts of climate change now.
Visitors to the Atmosphere gallery will be able to download Shackleton’s Man Goes South as a free e-book as part of this innovative arts project and digital publishing initiative. The e-book will be available from 24 April 2013.