Recommended read: THE KEPLER CODE by Paul McKay


I’m a biologist who studies bee behaviour and ecology, and I love well written books with actual plots, so this sci-fi novel was right up my alley.  Set in a future time that might not be as distant as we could wish, when bees and butterflies and bird song have disappeared, a group of biologists and environmental scientists have formed a secret, underground resistance group who seek the “Kepler Code”, secrets embedded in nature and music that might just save us all.  Great read that kept me up late, which doesn’t happen often anymore (not since Harry Potter, at least)!  Given recent events, I hope there’s a real Kepler Code somewhere.

The book’s genesis also has a great back story.  The bee theme is not accidental.  Peter Mackay sponsored a “Save the Bees” lecture tour about the dangers of neonicotinoid pesticides to bees,  in cooperation with the Sierra Club in 2015.  I gave a talk at the Niagara whistle stop on this tour, and Peter gave me an autographed copy of his book.  You can buy a copy on Amazon. And you can find out more about Peter at his website.


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