Pick #8 (of 17) for “Great Summer Reading” on Laurie David’s StopGlobalWarming.org — “The Rising is both a thrilling tale and an ominous peek at the possible consequences facing humanity. Hurricane Katrina’s civil horror and failed government are multiplied on every coast and survivors struggle to escape the vanishing shorelines. Antarctic ice collapses and global panic ensues. The East Coast is devastated, and California’s water system is crippled by rising sea levels. The world is changed forever by the phenomenon of global warming. Although a work of fiction, the authors took care to paint a realistic scenario based on the facts of climate science. This book is at once entertainment, a warning, and a cry of hope.” — Stop Global Warming.org The Stop Global Warming Virtual March is a non-political effort bringing people together (1,116,930 marchers as of Summer Solstice 2008) to declare that global warming is here now and it’s time to act. Other authors on the list: Al Gore, Anne Jankéliowitch and Ariel Dekovic, Elizabeth Kolbert, Tim Flannery, Andrew Revkin, Nicholas Gabriel Arons, Ross Gelbspan, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Jared Diamond, Michael Pollan, Jeff Goodall, Bill McKibben.
The Rising portrays a modern America in an unfolding global warming calamity–a series of all too plausible, tragic scenarios that mirror mainstream scientific knowledge today. In Antarctica, enormous bodies of ice collapse triggering the rise of sea levels worldwide and tidal waves in the Atlantic–U.S. society approaches chaos as coastal cities are devastated and a ruthless martial law regime seals off California. The story explores the fragility of American civil order, testing cherished assumptions about what we say we stand for–personal freedom and responsibility, informed and open government, checks on the abuse of power. In this context, haunting adventures propel escaped convicts, academics, urban and rural women, men and children through physical adversity and pyschological conflict. In the end, humanitarian values reemerge to challenge the realities of ecological brutality, governmental myopia and economic self-interest.
Pick #4 on “A Booklist for the Rainy Season” at Renewable Energy Website — “This could be a Hollywood blockbuster. After all it is a novel about the future ravaged by a series of natural disasters that are global warming based. Fact or fiction? We could make it either, but of course we would want the later, wouldn’t we?”
Prospective Agents, Publishers and Reviewers: Synopses, Fact Sheets, Interview Q&As, and a CD of an hour-long radio interview, are available by contacting either author.