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SUICIDE EARTH(#5) Edward L. Rubin -- The Heatstroke Line | w. Van Carter

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Another example of serious fiction trying to fight ignorance.

The Heatstroke Line (Sunbury Press, 2015) depicts a United State with its coastal cities flooded and its remaining land sweltering under debilitating heat.  It has broken into smaller units that are in conflict with each other and it's dominated by more northerly nations, like Canada, that now have temperate climates. It shows an imaginable future, not very distant from the present when there are still modern houses, cars, governments, schools and political conflicts. The purpose is to bring home to Americans the devastating effects that climate change might have on our nation.

Ed Rubin is a law professor.  He's never written a book like this. "I wrote The Heatstroke Line as a warning. It emerged from my sense of frustration and dismay about the refusal of so many people, and so many political leaders to confront the reality of human-induced climate change."


Van Carter is a retired broadcast journalist. "I was never a war correspondent, yet we're now in a war and I feel like I'm reporting from the front lines."  Since 2008, he has published the Only Green List.  To see previous and upcoming episodes, go here.

Music credit: David Nevue, While the Trees Sleep

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