Category Archives: Book Reviews

Putting Things In the Present

By David L. Brown I’m a writer, as anyone who has followed this blog may have realized. In recent years I’ve gotten seriously into fiction. Of course, the novel The Star Phoenix was the inspiration for this blog (the original … Continue reading

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My New Book

By David L. Brown I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book DEAD END PATH: How Industrial Agriculture Has Stolen Our Future. This work, in the form of an extended essay, is the result of a lifetime … Continue reading

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A Flat Earth Encore: Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

By David L. Brown I had some fun yesterday writing about people who believe in a flat Earth and how their ideas compare with climate change deniers. As I reread my essay this morning I was reminded of the fact … Continue reading

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Tracking the Warming of Our Planet

BOOK REVIEW Six Degrees — Our Future on a Hotter Planet, by Mark Lynas, National Geographic Society, 2008, 336 pgs., $26.00 By David L. Brown The 2007 report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) addressed the possibility that … Continue reading

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Experts Fear Climate Tipping Points

BOOK REVIEW “With Speed and Violence — Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change,” by Fred Pearce, Beacon Press, 2007, xxvi + 278 pgs., $24.95 By David L. Brown Climate scientists are afraid. That is the underlying message in … Continue reading

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A Review of Lester Brown’s “Plan B 2.0”

BOOK REVIEW Plan B 2.0, Rescuing a Planet under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble, by Lester R. Brown; W. W. Norton and Company, 2006; paperback, $16.95. By David L. Brown In the Autumn of 2003, the eminent authority on … Continue reading

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A Review of the Novel that Inspired This Site

Note: Following is a book review by Paul Dellinger which appeared on the leading science fiction web site Yellow 30 Sci-Fi. Our thanks to Paul and Yellow 30 for their excellent piece, which we reproduce here with their permission. — … Continue reading

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A Vignette from the Book that Inspired This Site

Following is an excerpt from the book that inspired this web site. Between each chapter of this exciting novel of the near future appears a brief vignette that helps to explain how climate change and social upheaval brought civilization to … Continue reading

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Malthus’s Classic “Essay on Population” Revisited

A RETRO REVIEW “An Essay on the Principle of Population,” by T. R. Malthus; originally published in 1798; Oxford World Classics edition, © 1993, revised edition 2004; 172 pgs., $9.95 By David L. Brown Anyone who is the least bit … Continue reading

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What a Difference 36 Years Makes

By David L. Brown Browsing in my library today I put my hands on a book titled “Our Precarious Habitat,” by Melvin A. Benarde. The sub-title of this book, which was published in 1970 by W. W. Norton & Co., … Continue reading

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