The Trump Card

The famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, has marked his 75th birthday with a stark warning that American President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change has put the future of life on Earth in serious danger.  The eminent scientist fears that the move could push the planet towards irreversible damaging global warming.  

In a media interview, Hawking said: ‘We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid. Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent if we act now. By denying the evidence for climate change, and pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world, for us and our children.’

It’s an alarming message and one bizarrely predicted in The Earth Emperor’s Eye novel and The Haymakers Survey tale that preceded it. The latter book published in hardback in 2007. In both stories the essayist, Charles Lamb, fears being dealt the Ace of Spades, otherwise known as the Trump Card.

The following extract is found in The Earth Emperor’s Eye and on page 360 of the orginal Haymaker’s Survey hardback book. Under the diary entry dated 1 January 1823 it reads:

1 January 1823, New Years Day (Early morn’)

New Year’s Day is everyman’s birthday, this I believe. Greetings all New Year babies. Welcome Gaia to our collective new dawn. What wishes have thee for the coming year – a golden age? What, I wonder, has fate in store for me? A whole 52 weeks! How akin to a year is a deck of cards, sacred symbols of the ancients:

♥ 52 cards for 52 weeks.

♥ 13 cards in each suit for 13 lunar cycles.

♥ Four suits for four seasons.

♥ Red and black for night and day.

♥ The value of the pack, plus one for fun, gives 365 days.

Triviality? Let me see. When I awoke I removed the pack from my Huntsman’s box. I shuffled mine and turned the first card low. Oh fate be kind, the Ace of Spades – the trump card. I shuffled again Gaia – the Seven of Hearts – much improved, personal happiness, creative inspiration and romance, these things await me. I chose this destiny over power. Oh weavers of fate, hear my plea!

The book includes an explanatory note number 74 which reads:

The Ace of Spades – I asked Julia about this, “Why Caleb, the Ace of Spades’ is sometimes known as the death card. It also promises worldy power, but at a price as challenges lie ahead. Obstacles must be overcome with the power of positive thinking and faith”.

Now 74 is of course one shy of 75, but as Charles Lamb explained, if we add one for fun – The Joker in the pack – we reach 75, the age at which Stephen Hawking made his comments.



Haymakers’ Questions