cli-fidelityAcross the Pond, in the UK, British novelist Peter Romilly recently released his second novel with a climate theme, this one titled Cli-Fidelity— and the punning title is worth the price of admission alone. It’s on Kindle and ready to read, he told me in a recent email.

While his first novel, titled 500 Parts Per Million, was about the dangers of climate change and global warming, and we’ve now reached the 400 PPM mark in regard to parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of Mother Earth, Cli-Fidelity is a cautionary tale about a nuclear reactor that’s underwater, tethered to the sea bed.

“It’s a tale of climate instability, a world where four people try to survive whatever the extreme weather throws at them,” Romilly said.

When I asked him how he came about choosing the winning title for his novel, Romilly said: “I thought long and hard about the book title, and kept coming back to the idea of having ‘cli’ (for climate) in it, because a major theme of the book is about trying to preserve climate stability. But I couldn’t think of anything suitable, then one day I thought of the following progression from the new literary genre called ‘cli-fi.’ So I settled on hi-fi, or hi-fidelity (as in sound quality), and felt that using ‘cli-fidelity’ (as in staying faithful to the goal of climate stability) would work well.”

In fact, the idea for the title is explained in the first chapter one by one of the main characters, a French professor, who says to some dinner guests one night: “Project Cli-Fidelite has been an outstanding success, and it’s helped France produce cheap, reliable energy and stay faithful to our policy of stabilizing the climate. Nuclear power generation emits no carbon dioxide, so no global warming. How many countries can say that?”

But not everyone believes the professor is going down the right road on this. Read the novel to find out how it ends.

The title is great title for a book, and sure to catch some media attention as well. Novels with punning titles can either work well or fall flat on their covers. Among my finds online I spotted:

First Among Sequels
by Jasper Fforde

We’ll Always Have Parrots
by Donna Andrews

Sticks & Scones
by Diane Mott Davidson

For more punning titles