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Brother Husband

D Christian Harrison - February 1, 2013

If the stars align just so, my first novel will be released this summer. Needless to say, I’m excited.

It’s been a two-year labor of love. I love the story and I love the people in the story. I can’t even bring myself to call them “characters”. They’re certainly more real to me than half the people I know on Facebook.

The book, while not a Mormon book per se, is awash in Mormon questions and Mormon answers. Polygamy, gay marriage, and the meaning of love and faith and family in the wake of the end of oil. It also asks what happens to a global, hierarchal Church when the wells go dry …

So what do you do with a hard-won global empire when the global low fuel light is flickering? Do you call everyone home? Do you shutter operations and pray for a miracle? Cold fusion, perhaps? The Second Coming, maybe? The answer came, one Sunday morning, five years before the oil stopped flowing. In a letter translated into 180 languages and read from every pulpit.

Brother Husband, Chapter 5

Want to hear more?

Chapters 1–4 are available as an audio preview on Soundcloud:


You can also like Brother Husband’s fanpage on Facebook.

But here’s the question for you: how do you imagine the end of oil might affect the Church? Assume the end of oil also spells the end of reliable electricity … how do wards change? How does worship change?


  1. When you say the end of oil, I am assuming you include the end of natural gas and coal? So, you are asking what happens at two hundred years out or so?

    Given the population collapse that has already started, by 2100 world population will be half of what it is today. Two hundred years out, as things start to run dry and world population is at best a quarter of what it is now, you ask some interesting questions.

    Comment by Stephen R. Marsh — February 3, 2013 @ 7:35 am

  2. I’m excited about your book! Congrats on getting it out there. You ask some great questions, to which I have no real answers, but my guess is that the Church will be one of the better prepared global entities in the face of that eventuality.

    For one thing, the end of oil will be something that we will see coming for some time, and there will be opportunities to prepare. I’m guessing alternative power sources will become much more prominent than they are now when we get closer to that actually happening.

    If we don’t have any means of reliable electricity, I guess we go back to burning animal fat and the world shrinks again. It’s hard now to imagine life without internet and TV, but it could happen.

    I don’t think it would change our worship much, though. The Church started in days when there was no electricity for the most part and I think we can go back to that kind of life without changing too much. We just go back to live temple sessions and talking louder from the pulpit.

    Comment by MCQ — February 4, 2013 @ 11:06 pm

  3. @Stephen: on timing, I’m fairly evasive. The book takes place “8 years after the oil runs out”. As for the the actual depletion of oil … we will never run out of oil. The last reserves will simply become unreachable — and it takes oil to extract coal and natural gas in any meaningful way, so with the end of oil comes a wholesale end of the hydrocarbon economy.

    @MCQ: we’ve seen the end of oil for a very long time, and really haven’t done a thing about it. It’s against our national (global?) religion to speak of it, much less plan for it. And for a faith that runs on oil (globe-trotting leadership; globe-trotting missionary force; satellite launches; centralized printing empire), I’m betting the changes will be considerable. Of course, to some extent, that’s what the book tackles.

    Hope you two have given the chapters a listen!

    Something about the site’s template prevented me from embedding the audio, sadly … 

    Comment by D Christian Harrison — February 5, 2013 @ 9:43 am

  4. I’m waiting for the book. I have a hard time listening.

    But I’m waiting on pins and needles. Can’t wait. :)

    Comment by annegb — February 18, 2013 @ 11:54 am

  5. Oh, annegb, you make me smile! :D

    Comment by D Christian Harrison — February 18, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

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