What inspired you to write Water Entanglement and why did you set it in Toronto in the near-future?
Claudiu: At the end of the TV interview I gave back in September 2017 when I launched my first novel, The Decadence of Our Souls, the host asked my what is my next project. I had an impulse to say that I’m going to write about water. At that time I had no idea about the potential plot and how powerful the message would be. I also think that spending time with you, Nina, and reading Water Is… influenced my subconscious. The Matrix is choosing several authors that are allowed to flow the right messages about water and create the critical point of awareness. I personally know a handful of them that write about water from a deeper level of understanding.
Why Toronto? Because I would like to see Toronto get a firmer stand on various issues that are not ‘politically correct’. The city’s multi-cultural background has created the notion of niceness about us, which is good to have, but at the same time, we can’t allow the big corporations to dictate how to use the Canadian fresh-water resources. If the book is read by the right people, then they might get an idea of what could be done.
A pivotal aspect of your story hinges on the concept of structured water and intention. Can you share a little about it?
Claudiu: When doing my research I learned things about water that I couldn’t believe, but finding the same information from multiple sources convinced me that there is truth to it. I’m a strong believer now that water absorbs our intentions, our thoughts, carries them further until the next ‘shore’. Water that was blessed heals people or sickens them if water transports negative energies and harmful thoughts. Our body cells float in structured water and if the quality / properties of such liquid would be able to be maintained, well … we could live for ever.
In your novel, you created Water For All (WFA) as a global NGO organization devoted to protecting water by exposing heinous wrongdoings and helping to correct them by helping to pass legislature; what do you see as the largest challenges faced by NGOs today?
Claudiu: In my opinion the water movement is fractured in too many pieces. They all want to do good, but there is no scalability to their initiatives. Funding is somehow scarce and not enough to have a significant impact when divided among so many entities. In Water Entanglement I put forward two concepts that might solve this issues. First, WFA is the unique entity that consolidates as many of the water activists and water-related organizations as possible. So funding for selected projects comes from one source. Second, there is a worldwide strategy addressing sensitive areas and the source of pollution is attacked first. Leaders should come together for such a noble goal, give up their egos and create the critical mass that can overpower the influence of the multi-nationals in the water industry.
Your novel invokes Mother Nature and repeats the Indigenous peoples’ tautology “protect your mother.” You reiterate that for most Aboriginal nations, women are considered the “Water Keepers.” Your main characters—mostly activists—are women. Do you see a significant role for women in changing how we view and treat water in the world?
Claudiu: Women in general are more empathic and is a known fact that a world dominated by a matriarch society is a peaceful one. Seems that women care more about the life they nurture inside them for nine months. They are less egotistic and more willing to forgive. It’s an attitude water needs in order to survive the ordeal we are putting her through. We need more women as decision makers when it comes to water usage and water preservation. It might be easier for a woman to find and keep the balance on the right side of the thin line we are walking as a specie. Crossing it could mean the end of the world we got so used with.
In your book, you mention Toronto as a hub of water activism and technology. Is this based on fiction or fact? Can you elaborate?
Claudiu: In my book, Toronto being a hub of water activism and technology, is fiction. But if we imagine hard enough that Toronto can make a difference in the near future, then it will happen. The intention is important in this thought process. Then, the determination would follow. Nowadays, Toronto is a hot-bed for start-ups, nevertheless, most of them go to US for serious funding, important connections and future growth. The Canadian environment is still shy on following through the entire development process from inception to a fully-fledged company that is able to generate revenue in the range of millions of dollars and reward its initial backers.
You cover several subjects of hard—and controversial—science in this book (e.g., homeopathy, epitaxy, polywater, etc.). How did you balance these to create a plausible reality in your novel? What did you have to consider?
Claudiu: I’m not a scientist so those from the scientific community – in case they read the book – can scoff at me without bothering to bash me. Being just an author I took the liberty of pushing the limits of what is known about water. I consider my research based on data that doesn’t need peer-review validation. I trust the scientists and the authors listed under the bibliography page at the end of the book. There are so many intangible things that touch us daily and most of us are not willing to accept them. The way water behaves in Water Entanglement is an intangible concept for ‘non-believers’ … until it happens. Along with a friend scientist, I’m planning to challenge students to start experiments involving water.
Who should read Water Entanglement and why?
Claudiu: I like to believe that WE is a manifesto written as a Sci-Fi novel. A teenager will find things about water that are not taught in school; properties of water that science can’t deny anymore, but also can’t explain. A Sci-Fi reader will enjoy the geo-political scenarios I imagined along with the fact that water is becoming an active participant in the story, a character that is elusive, unpredictable and creates so much havoc. For an environmentalist and for a water activist, reading about the length corporations are willing to go for a profit will only determine them to continue their fight against greed and disrespect for nature. I didn’t write the book with a specific age bracket in mind, nevertheless, there is a nugget of knowledge for any type of reader willing to accept that the way we treat water is wrong, and that the access to clean, potable water is a human right not a luxury.
Your book touches upon corrupt government officials and corporate CEOs in terms of water issues. Various anonymous organizations such as WikiLeaks, Anonymous Group, and individuals—including your main character who uses a mask to maintain her anonymity—play a major role as activists in your book. Do you see this as the most effective way to expose wrongdoing and affect change?
Claudiu: It was already proved that revelations through WikiLeaks have affected the political environment, revealing corruption at high levels of government, secret documents mishandling, transaction from which a handful of people benefited, etc. As far as I know no one has dug deeper into these documents for nuggets of shady deals about commodities such as water (as water is considered a commodity to lessen her important role in our lives). But they are happening in the shadows, oversaw by easily bribed politicians that only find happiness in short-term gratification. Hacking corporations that claim they are responsible when it comes to environment and human health, is a civic duty. It reveals the gangrene that affects our world.
Claudiu Murgan was born in Romania and has called Canada his home since 1997. He started writing Science Fiction when he was 11-years old. Since then he met remarkable writers that helped him improved his own trade.
Claudiu's experience in various industries such as IT, renewable energy, real estate and finance, helped him create complex but real characters that brought forward meaningful messages.
Claudiu’s first novel, ‘The Decadence of Our Souls’, was translated in the Romanian language and launched in Romania on June 2018. His second novel, Water Entanglement, was published on June 2018 and it will be translated in the Romanian language and published in .
His short stories were recently published in Science Fiction anthologies in Romania.
Claudiu is also a member of recently created Immigrant Writers Association, Toronto, Canada.