Climate-Change Thriller — Premised on Real Science that Imagines a Scenario Using Nuclear Weapons to Combat Climate ChangeJuly 25, 2022
The Silent Count by Nuclear Engineer E.A. Smiroldo Weaves Science, Politics, Music, and Technology to Deliver a Satire for Our Times
Washington DC— Climate-change fiction (cli-fi) thriller novel The Silent Count, based on a potentially real scenario involving the use of nuclear weapons to change weather patterns and fight climate change, releases July 19, 2022. Nuclear engineer and musician E.A. Smiroldo weaves the science she’s learned and the political divide she’s seen with music and technology to deliver a satirical thrill ride ripe for our current times.
The Silent Count is E.A. Smiroldo’s first novel. It’s a cli-fi thriller inspired by her own observations as a nuclear engineer and singer-songwriter. The story follows a cast who are a part of each industry and explores the impact their professions have on them and the world.
The book centers around Dara Bouldin and her promising, yet risky, plan to reverse climate change. There’s just one problem: no one at the government agency where she works knows she exists. She’s reeling from a broken engagement to her musician ex Jericho, who’s rapidly rising up the charts with his new single, while she’s stuck paying off student loans and her dad’s gambling debts. Dmitri, her attractive coworker, won’t give her the time of day. It doesn’t help that Dara has barely made any strides in her nuclear engineering career. When she finally gets the professional recognition she craves so deeply, with kudos from Congress and even the President himself, Dara is elated. Little does she know, behind the scenes her stroke of luck has thrown her into the middle of a global conflict where her innovations will prove dire, in ways she never anticipated. It’s up to Dara to set things right, before it’s too late.
Smiroldo says, “The concept for The Silent Count has been with me since I was a student and read in a textbook that a nuclear weapon could potentially be used to change weather patterns. With our world spiraling deeper into climate crisis, the timing of my book’s release is crucial, as I don’t believe hope is lost. It is not too late for society to take effective action. As a musician, I believe that art can make a difference as well. Hopefully my novel will help raise awareness as it entertains.”
E.A. Smiroldo brings the story and characters to life by showing their lives as professionals and everyday people facing their own struggles. Follow Dara and her friends and colleagues as their complicated lives get even crazier in The Silent Count by E. A. Smiroldo.
About the author:
- A. Smiroldo is a novelist, musician, and nuclear engineer. She uses real science in her debut novel The Silent Count. In it, her expertise blends with real-world inspired drama. As a native of Washington DC, she’s seen how politics corrupts and skews human perspectives on what’s right and wrong. She understands how close humanity is to the brink of real climate crisis, and she is determined to bring to light how important it is for us to trust and love one another. E. A. Smiroldo has a B.S. in engineering. She’s also a Washington Area Music Association Award-nominated singer-songwriter and has won prizes in writing competitions sponsored by the Bethesda Literary Festival and the International Screenwriters’ Dig. After placing in the latter, she optioned the treatment for her screenplay with X-ray Media. Explore more on E. A. Smiroldo’s website.