It’s release day for City of Ice and Dreams!
I’m thrilled to announce that City of Ice and Dreams, the third book in the Tales From A Warming Planet series, is now available on Amazon in print and digital formats. I’m so grateful for all the support from family, friends, and colleagues throughout this journey, including my editor John Paine, my cover artist Christian Bentulan, and my proofreader, Edith Follansbee. The Kindle ebook is available now for a limited-time price of 99¢.
City of Ice and Dreams is a dystopian thriller full of action and suspense. And don’t forget to check out the first two books, The Mother Earth Insurgency, winner of a Writers of the Future sci-fi award, and Carbon Run, the first full-length novel of the series.
One more book to go in the series! Look for announcements soon on Restoration, another full-length novel. What if you fell in love with a man whose father hated your father? Coming soon!
Have you read the Advance Reading Copy of City of Ice and Dreams? Please post a review on Amazon.
We come in peace to replace Antonin Scalia with Gort.
Humans get justice at the Supreme Court. How about some justice for me?
The passing of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia last weekend turned national politics on its head. Not only will Americans elect a new president, but the Senate will debate the future direction of the highest court in the land. The situation makes me wake up in the middle of the night with meme ideas. What fun! Here’s what comes to mind.
The Glines Canyon Dam in Washington State undergoing removal. Image courtesy Real Science.
One of the great things about speculative fiction is the power to challenge strongly held values in the safety of a society that exists only in the writer’s imagination. In the Pacific Northwest, at least on the wet side of the Cascade Mountains, we’re all “green,” that is, we believe in letting trees grow unmolested, planting salmon in urban creeks, and giving orcas lots of space to swim. Environmentalism is a sacred value, and therefore, a target, as far as I’m concerned.
We assume conservation is a good thing, and by the same token, restoration. We are redeemed if we restore a forest, a lake, a mountain, or a stream to the way it was before civilization altered it. For my money, the most dramatic example of this in recent years is the 2012 removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams on the Elwha River in northwest Washington State. Removal is intended to reestablish one of the most productive salmon runs in the Lower 48, and by early accounts, the project has bright prospects for success. Continue reading
The Truth, by Michael Palin
You can read a book through different lenses. Most reviewers of The Truth
, the second novel by ex-Monty Python comic Michael Palin
, read it as mainstream literature. I read it through a narrower lens, as a writer interested in how fiction makers work with environmental themes. Seen in this way, Palin’s book is about hero-worship, and how emotional closeness to a subject can obscure the truth.
Protagonist Keith Mabbut is a divorced, middle-aged writer personally and professionally adrift. In his youth, he won an award for an investigative piece exposing an industrial polluter, but his career stalled out, and now he’s writing histories of oil companies to make ends meet. Mabbut is an intelligent, if easily manipulated man naive despite his years, and when he’s offered a chance to revive his journalism career, he falls into the trap of believing he’s found the truth when, in fact, he asked the wrong questions. Continue reading
Yes, this person is playing a trombone accompanied by a lawnmower. Photo courtesy Society of Composers.
I attended an arts event the other day that reminded me why I don’t go to arts events. The event was one of a series of readings sponsored by a Seattle-area literary non-profit which I won’t name, but I respect it for its work with aspiring writers and young people. The event’s theme of climate change caught my eye, because global warming is a ripe, almost unexploited area for fiction. I went with notebook in hand hoping to jot down some thoughts for an article that could make me a few dollars.
No soap. The event featured three writers and a musician. The first writer, a young lawyer who had won the non-profit’s literary prize, read his story, which was a kind of satire on the environmental correctness of Seattle. I was happy that someone was willing to take on the city’s culture of “Let’s do something for the environment, no matter how stupid it is.” But he said nothing substantive or satirical about climate change. Continue reading