Tag: Expert Review

The Anti-Bond

I’m not necessarily convinced that reading the blurbs on the inside of a book’s dust cover is a valuable use of your time, but I did find myself reading the blurb for Hurricane Fever, and in the first paragraph the copy writer says that “Roo is an anti-James Bond for a new generation.” I think that’s a useful idea, and it’s stuck with me, because most of how I feel about the book can kind of be revolved around that idea. I mean, in theory Hurricane Fever is a novel I should like a good deal: it’s an action-packed genre piece with thoughtful worldbuilding, a meaningful engagement with real-world issues, and a responsible approach to the social problems endemic to its source material. Even so, actually reading the book I never really managed to feel much more for it than “yeah, it’s okay.” There’s something about it that isn’t quite there, and the novel sometimes feels on-the-nose and easy in a way that just isn’t quite satisfying. Read more

There’s a Hurricane Fever going around and you’d better get used to it

Hurricane Fever is unlike any of the other books that we read this semester. While it has some ties to a number of the other more complex cli-fi books we have read, it is largely a crime novel that focuses on storytelling. My first thought when I started reading the first chapter was that it reminded somewhat of the classic noir crime novels from the 1930’s and 1940’s that revolve around the Sam Spade or James Bond type. It had some of the same dark and gritty qualities that dominate books like Red Harvest and The Maltese Falcon. The aspect that makes these types of novels so gripping is the raw realism and frightening plausibility of the world created by the authors. There is typically nothing particularly deep or intellectual about these types of books, but the storytelling is always attention grabbing. In Hurricane Fever, we follow a retired agent from the Caribbean Intelligence Group who is trying to live a simple life on the waters of the Caribbean so he can raise his orphaned nephew. Much like other books or movies following an agent who tries to retire, the protagonist is in someway or another forced out of retirement to do one last job. In this case, Roo needs to get revenge on the hatchet men/terrorists who murdered his teenage nephew and are trying to start a second black plague. Somehow, however, amongst all the murder, torture, blood and guts the most terrifying part of this book remains the issue of climate change and increased natural disasters.

In this book, climate change was the foundation of the story that is Hurricane Fever, and the focal point is the well-formed plotline and story that follows Roo. But for the sake of this review, seeing as it is the last one I will write for this class, I find myself needing to focus on the climate aspect of the book. This may be due to my personal interests and concerns about climate change, but in my mind while reading this book, the idea of increased climate related natural disasters never left my mind. The implications of this kind of world are horrifying to me and they should be for everyone. Hurricane Fever shows us a world where the domino effect of climate change has ramped up to the point where massive hurricanes are regular occurrences. This is perhaps the most frightening part of climate change that many people do not fully understand or terrifyingly enough choose to ignore, and that is the fact that if we do not curb our increasing use of fossil fuels, natural disasters will become more prevalent and more severe. As we release more carbon into the atmosphere and the temperature of the ocean rises steadily, we will absolutely begin to see more hurricanes because they feed off of warmer water temperatures. The world that Roo lives in may not be something that only appears in fiction novels in the near future. If you look at recent disasters such as the tsunami that hit the Philippines in 2009, you can see that many nations simply do not have the resources necessary to recover from such an event. The Philippines are not a wealthy nation, so can you imagine what would happen to a country such as this if tsunamis started to hit once or twice a year? Even here in America, the wealthiest nation in the world, we are still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, a natural disaster that struck 10 years ago. It is a simple fact that we as humans do not have the capability or the money to deal with such an increase in natural disasters. As humans we truly need to grasp the gravity of the situation at hand, which is that if we do not change our behavior, we may push the world’s climate to a point where humans can no longer survive.

This concept can be overwhelming to some and hard to comprehend, and I found an article that I attached below that I think effectively describes how this pattern works. One of the most eye opening segments is the statistic on the number of hurricanes, tsunamis, draughts, and typhoons that happen during a year and how much they have increased. “According to the EM-DAT, the total natural disasters reported each year has been steadily increasing in recent decades, from 78 in 1970 to 348 in 2004.” The thing about this pattern is that it starts off increasing steadily and then begins to increase exponentially, so in another 30 years one can only imagine how prevalent they will be. I definitely appreciate that books such as Hurricane Fever bring this issue to light. When scientists describe this process, it is easy to get lost in all the numbers and facts, but when an author who has the skill of vivid and artful storytelling it makes it easier for people to wrap their minds around. And in the end this is exactly what the world needs: widespread understanding of the issues we face as a species.

 

http://www.livescience.com/414-scientists-natural-disasters-common.html

http://lareviewofbooks.org/review/shock-new-normal/

The Windup Girl

Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl is definitely not an easy read. He thrusts readers off their feet into a futuristic world based in Thailand in the 23rd century. He doesn’t really prepare readers for the story he shares in the sense that his world comes with many new technologies and terms that aren’t necessarily easy to understand or comprehend. He doesn’t really do a good job in explaining all of these imaginative elements and it seems like you’re just expected to know exactly what he’s talking about as if we already know all about Bacigalupi’s made up futuristic society. I do applaud Bacigalupi for his creativity, but overall I feel that a majority of the components of this world, along with the heavy plot lines and plethora of diverse characters, are just simply overwhelming and confusing. It is without a doubt, extremely easy to get totally lost in this novel.

Paolo Bacigalupi presents a world in his novel The Windup Girl ultimately impoverished due to climate change and the future society is left without fossil fuels and other sources of cheap energy. In this time, genetic modification is something far too common. GMO’s are something I have looked into immensely. Personally, they really freak me out considering we truly have no idea what the long term effects are. I believe Monsanto to be a power tripping monster of a company, similar to the mega-corporations present in Bacigalupi’s society. Aarthi Vadde draws upon this point when describing The Windup Girl in her own reviews. “The Windup Girl is about climate change and the geopolitical maneuvering that takes place to secure resources—in this case seeds—in a world where fossil fuels, cheap energy, and food abundance no longer exist. Its other protagonist is Anderson Lake, an American “calorie man” looking to open markets in Thailand, a country that has survived the global food shortage and mass extinction of plant species by refusing to import genetically modified, sterile seeds from Lake’s Monsanto-like employer AgriGen” (Vadde). In this society however, it goes past just genetically modifying crops. They take it as far as animals and people. The treatment of these genetically modified organisms is utterly horrific. Companies use the “megadonts” which are beast-like elephant creatures to run the factories under terrible conditions and severe abuse. Whereas, “New People” such as the character Emiko are treated like lesser beings. “Emiko, a genetically engineered geisha-type being invented in Japan and abandoned by her owner in Bangkok, where she becomes a slave in a sadistic sex club. Spliced together from human and possible Labrador genes, Emiko is faster and stronger than human beings, but is programmed to serve. She is also designed with incredibly small pores, which make beauty her fatal flaw. If she tries to run, fight, or generally get out of line, she risks overheating to death” (Vadde). Being that this book is read from different perspectives from different characters, I found Emiko’s adventure and story of survival to be the most interesting to read by far. 

I would say that this book could ultimately serve as a warning of the immense power science truly has when it comes to GMOs. In this story they do in fact cause deadly epidemics such as plagues and disease. However, Emiko is promised  that genetic modification will be used in order to create a new race of “new people” so she can live with more people like her. This ultimately leads me to believe that GMOs could be a good thing for society when left in the right hands and under strict regulation, because if they are not things could completely turn for the worse and get out of control.

 Works Cited

Vadde, Aarthi. “Megalopolis Now.” Public Books. N.p., 6 Aug. 2013. Web. 1 Apr. 2015.

The Windup Girl

The Windup Girl definitely takes a bit of getting into before the action starts to pick up and stories begin to unravel, but reading it is well worth the effort. There are two things that really struck me while reading this novel: How important the changing perspectives is to advance the plot and keep the reader engaged, and how raw the representation of prostitution and pimping is depicted.

Every chapter allows the reader to be exposed to a different character’s perspective. Of course it was a bit confusing at first to get used to being dropped into changing situations ever chapter, but it reminded me of the movie Crash. These characters were seemingly irrelevant to each other, leading their own lives and dealing with their separate problems. But gradually as the story unfolded, the reader could see how their lives overlapped and influenced each other. I thought this was interesting when it was first revealed how Anderson’s and Emiko’s lives had to do with each other. It was especially pleasant to be given little details here and there from one character that regarded another character; it was like filling in the empty spots of a jigsaw puzzle. Admittedly, it was still a bit difficult to keep up with the heavy plot lines at times especially because of the new terminology: Calorie men, white shirts, blister rust, genehacking. Surprisingly, understanding and visualizing most of the qualities of Emiko as a windup girl wasn’t that hard. The only thing I would point out is that a visual on-screen interpretation would be extremely helpful in understanding her mechanical ticks.

Emiko’s story line was by far the most interesting to me. Her life as an exotic performer/prostitute was shown in such a realistic and unapologetic manner that I had no choice but to respect the author for his bravery. I feel as though most artists would be cautious to portray the work and lives of prostitutes for what they are for fear of making the viewer uncomfortable and even guilty. Movies like Pretty Woman depict unrealistic portrayals of the dangerous night work of prostitutes. Its illustration, according to one Newsweek article, suggests to young children that prostitution is a viable career choice that may even bring enjoyment (Burleigh). This is certainly not a message that should be given to anybody. Prostitution is not a choice, it is sex slavery, which is clearly shown through Emiko’s experiences very early on in the novel. Her “performance” (which is quite clearly rape) on stage is humiliating and degrading on many levels. She endures the sexual assault and emotional trauma because she physically has no other choice as she was genetically engineered to please her companions and she economically has no other choice because she is in serious debt to her owner, Raleigh. As if her rape isn’t enough for the reader to cringe, Raleigh very clearly shuts down Emiko’s wishes to leave the establishment by essentially telling her how worthless and undesired she is outside of Japan. This treatment is incredibly harsh and even heartbreaking, but the rawness of the depiction is exactly what people need to see and be exposed to. Prostitution is in no way a pleasant experience and people should not be led to believe anything other than its abusive and traumatizing qualities. I applaud Bacigalupi’s talent and bravery in shining a light on the very serious topic, even if it’s not the main issue being depicted in the story.

 

Burleigh, Nina. “Sex Trafficking and the ‘Pretty Woman’ Fairy Tale.” Newsweek, 23 Mar. 2015. Web. 30 Mar. 2015.

Earthseed: The Books of the Living

I believe Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” to be wonderfully written. The main character, Lauren, is a strong and an ambitious character who shares the horrifyingly realistic story of the dystopian future beginning in the year of 2024 in the first person narrative. This sci-fi novel had the capacity to tackle a plethora of important issues ranging from religion to global warming and the importance of community to the importance of strength within the individual. Starting off mildly slow, this book captivates the reader a few chapters in with whirlwinds of drama and violence.

Even though religion isn’t necessarily a strong aspect of my own life, I always found it to be something very interesting to read about. This book however puts an exciting twist on what the main character Lauren perceived God to be. Being the daughter of a minister, religion is inevitably a strong part of her life, but not in the way that most would think it to be. “My God doesn’t love me or hate me or watch over me or know me at all, and I feel no love for or loyalty to my God. My God just is” (Butler 25). Lauren is an extremely intelligent character and offers readers an untraditional and refreshing twist on religion and God with her Earthseed verses.

The community protected by a wall in which Lauren resides with her family is very reliant on each other. They depend on each other for safety and protection due to the known dangers that lay beyond the wall. The children seem to lose their innocence quickly when they are taught how to handle guns and are constantly wishing to be older than they are. Two characters that portray this type of behavior immensely are Lauren herself and her youngest brother Keith. Lauren, who already seems to be many years beyond her actual age, cannot wait to be eighteen in order to make decisions for herself in which she believes will benefit her survival in this world. Keith, however wants to prove he’s a man to his father and ultimately ends up getting himself killed. Rejecting the strength of community and family and trying to survive in this dystopian world on your own is basically a death sentence.

Lauren is a heroine and a natural born leader. These characteristics truly shine for her once her community is ultimately destroyed and ravaged. Her family being gone, she knows the importance and recruiting people to face the new world with and that’s how her initial group of Harry and Zahra form. They take extreme caution by making the decision to dress Lauren as a boy to make their crew seem stronger with two men and one woman rather than one man and two women. I believe that Lauren’s literacy is what holds her higher than the rest of the people of this time. Lauren and her brothers were viewed as important and valuable due to their ability to read and write. “I heard on National Public Radio that the population of America could be considered about 46% semi-literate. Now that’s scary. This doesn’t mean that 46% of people can’t read – but that 46% have difficulty reading or, at least, some of that 46% have real difficulty reading. Probably they don’t read for fun, and probably they don’t read for information as often as they should, so more than anybody recently in history they must be people who are saying what they hear others say, which is kind of scary” (Butler, “Devil Girl From Mars”).

This new world stricken by the harsh effects of global warming faces constant despair. This includes erratic and dangerous weather along with tornadoes, earthquakes and deadly storms. Water is extremely sparse, making survival more difficult than it already is. Octavia Butler has reasoning for making global warming a strong force in her novel. “A character in the novel is Global-Warming. This is something that I really wanted to pay attention to, and it’s odd how it went in and out of fashion while I was working on the novel. It would be very big and everyone was talking about it and then it would just kind of die, and then all of a sudden it would be big again. And I wonder about that. It seems to me that a thing as important as global-warming should get a lot more attention than it does. So I portray a world in which global-warming is doing things like creating a lot of erratic weather and severe storms and drought in California, and other things like that” (Butler, “Devil Girl From Mars”).

From the piece “Devil Girl From Mars”: Why I Write Science Fiction a reader can understand why Octavia Butler included global warming as a serious protagonist in the novel and why she made the importance of literacy such a prominent factor. Overall, I believe that Parable of the Sower was an exciting and fulfilling read that was able to bring many important issues to light all while being extremely entertaining. I would definitely recommend it to any lover of sci-fi and I hope to come across more books like this in the future.

Works Cited 

  1. Butler, Octavia E. Parable of the Sower. A Four Walls Eight Windows 1st ed. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1993. Print.
  2. Butler, Octavia. “”Devil Girl From Mars”: Why I Write Science Fiction.” MIT Communications Forum. Web. 22 Feb. 2015.

“Knowledge Did Not Translate Into Power”

            The Collapse of Western Civilization is a short book that describes one of the most complicated yet simple problems that humanity faces. In a modern age where everything has become globalized, industrialized, commercialized, and commoditized, we face one of the first true global and communal tests that will largely determine how secure our species’ future will be on this planet, which we like to think we have total control over. The authors describe the paradox of our situation perfectly on the very first page of the book: “Even today, two millennia after the collapse of the Roman and Mayan empires and one millennium after the end of the Byzantine and Inca empires, historians, archaeologists, and synthetic-failure paleoanalysts have been unable to agree on the primary causes of those societies’ loss of population, power, stability, and identity. The case of Western civilization is different because the consequences of its actions were not only predictable, but predicted (1).” The most advanced empires and societies in human history have fallen at some point, but if they were to be resurrected at least they could claim ignorance. What is our excuse? Historians will look back at this time period and they will either say this is the point where a society made a change, or they will say nothing because there are no historians to even look back because we could not get our act together. The US and the world have a chance to utilize knowledge and power to make a real difference. Can we get past inertia and complacency? In this situation can knowledge translate into power?

Simply put, the issue boils down to whether we as people can help ourselves. Can we do ourselves a favor and carry out what we know or ought to know to be necessary? Part of the problem comes down to a question for each and every industrialized nation: can we rethink our entrenched mindset so that we can make aiding humanity’s survival profitable? There seems something inherently wrong about needing to make survival and protecting our one and only planet profitable in order to make changes. But, alas, this is the world we live in, and this is the economic system we have adopted. For the most part, momentum must begin here in America, a nation that is all too comfortable in claiming that it is the land of the free and the leader of the free world. In modern culture, advanced nations must place emphasis on science, math, and education as a whole in order to excel. This is how it encourages and builds a population from the ground up. In order to be the leaders of the free world, America must first lead. It cannot continue to be a self-proclaimed title. One could compare our nation’s situation with the story of Narcissus. As a culture we love to look back at our great accomplishments. It is safe to say that from the mid 20th century to present day America has had great influence in shaping what the world has become. We spread our sphere of influence across the world, impacted real change, and our economy reached unparalleled heights. We continue to stare lovingly and narcissistically at our own reflection as we reminisce to a time when we can say that we stood for freedom and progress. America has reached a point where gridlock cripples Congress and politicians become further and further entrenched in ideologies that do nothing to advance our nation. Meanwhile, life continues and nations pass us without looking back. America has fallen behind in mathematics, science, reading, graduation rates, and education as a whole. I am not quite sure how much longer America can claim to be the leader of the free world when our country ranks behind Iceland, Poland, and Czech Republic in math and science. Not to say there is anything wrong with these countries, but it is hard to ignore the fact that we are losing our grip on leading the world. Much like Narcissus, America is drowning in its own self-affection, as it loses focus on what made it great in the first place. It is a scary concept to think that America is the first domino that needs to fall in order to start the progress on climate change, yet we continue to slip in educational standards.

Many countries have attempted to get America to cooperate in global efforts, but seeing as the coal and oil lobby has a stranglehold on our economy we cannot participate. America is largely one of the only advanced nations where politicians regularly claim that climate change is a myth, despite the fact that the science proves otherwise. When asked about it, politicians such as Marco Rubio and John Boehner say things like, “I am not a scientist. I’m not qualified to make that decision.” Well maybe its time to start listening to the people who are actually qualified. We have a large-scale, behind the scenes war going on in America that no one can see on the surface. Industrialists have an enormous amount to lose if America and other nations decide to move away from fossil fuels, so studies are funded solely for the purpose of discrediting a close to unanimous idea that climate change is real and happening all around us. Lobbyists and Super PACS pay off politicians to say that it does not exist. It is almost like a slight of hand trick that oil lobbyists and industrialist play, particularly in America, even though it does happen in other countries as well. They say, “okay there are these studies saying that we are slowly and steadily suffocating ourselves, but ,WOAH, hey look over here, if we move away from fossil fuels we’ll lose jobs. And let’s not forget there’s no real proof climate change is even real. I’m not a scientist, but I mean, come on people, do you really not care about your countrymen’s livelihood?” This issue should have nothing to do with jobs. While jobs at coal mines, oil rigs, fracking stations, etc. may go away, it is the role of the economy and any country that hopes to advance to create new, better jobs in more advanced fields. The way this is done is by creating a culture where education can be easily accessed by any and all citizens. Advancement lies in an educated populace. In the end, the scales should balance out or even create more jobs than before. The genius of the Industrialists’ media campaign is that they recognize that they don’t have to prove or show you anything real; they just have to plant that seed of doubt in your mind, and then buy influence in Washington so they can have assurances that their interests will be protected. In the latest Rolling Stone issue, Jeff Goodell talks about how, prior to 2008, Republicans and conservatives in America were able to at least discuss climate change. This was at a time when The Pentagon continued to release reports saying that it would eventually become a military, infrastructure, and migration problem. At a certain point lobbyists found this threatening. Goodell writes, “This kind of talk vanished from the party after 2008, when the GOP turned into a subsidiary of Koch Industries. Since then, Republicans have worked hard to undermine any connection between climate change and national security.” The Koch brothers are part of a family that owns Koch Industries, a company that works to produce oil and other fossil fuels. They have used their money to buy influence in government. And their money has gone a long way. The Pentagon continues to write reports warning Congress and our government as a whole of the threats that will come with climate change. What is Congress’ response? Climate deniers in the House of Representatives and Senate threaten to cut their budget. They also passed a bill that prohibited any Pentagon spending on implementing any recommendations from any U.N. panels on climate change. Out of these restrictions comes a political paradox. Conservatives feel the need to throw obscene amounts of money at our defense budget and military complex. It is known that they try to prevent any efforts to curb climate change, but at the same time climate change threatens nearly every Navy and Air Force base along the East Coast, and this is just due to sea level rise. Other bases will surely be at risk as well. Chuck Hagel, the Secretary of Defense, recently called climate change a “threat multiplier that has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we are dealing with today- from infectious disease to terrorism (Goodell 51).” He was later blasted in conservative media for this statement. During the years that Bush was in office, there was a clear and concise effort on the behalf of Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, and the Bush administration to prevent any information on climate change from being released. Their goal was to mislead the American public from the facts. A side note that cannot be ignored is the fact that Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice and other members of the Bush administration have personal ties to the oil business. There are endless examples of a conservative effort to completely smother any partisan efforts to slow down climate change, not by proving anything with facts but by creating an aura of confusion around the topic in general. In an economic system where money reigns supreme, how can an industry that equals much more than most nations’ GDP not have an incredible influence on governmental decisions? Oreskes and Conway provide an example of this: “Then legislation was passed (particularly in the United States) that placed limits on what scientists could study and how they could study it, beginning with the notorious House Bill 819, better known as the “Sea Level Rise Denial Bill,” passed in 2012… Meanwhile the Government Spending Accountability Act of 2012 restricted the ability of government scientists to attend conferences to share and analyze the results of their research (11-12).” I am not sure about anyone else but I do not want my governmental officials, many of who personally claim they are not scientists, telling scientists what should and should not be analyzed and shared. That is a blatant violation of the first amendment of the US Constitution.

In conclusion, if America cannot begin to gets its bloated, ideological system in check, we as citizens must educate ourselves about this topic that, if not now, will later influence our lives. We have amazing resources at our fingertips that did not exist 20 years ago; people can teach themselves new topics at the click of several buttons. The information is out there, and progress must be made if we have any hope of slowing climate change down. It will become our personal responsibility to educate others and ourselves. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” We cannot sit back and wait for disasters to force our hand. Knowledge can translate into power if we learn to think for ourselves and remove ourselves from political boundaries.

 

 

Goodell, Jeff. “The Pentagon & Climate Change.” Rolling Stone. 26 February, 2015: page48-55. Print.

Oreskes, Naomi, and Erik M. Conway. The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. Print.

Weisenthal, Joe. “Here’s The New Ranking Of Top Countries In Reading, Science, And Math.” Business Insider. 3 December 2013. Web. Accessed 2 February 2015. http://www.businessinsider.com/pisa-rankings-2013-12.

Froomkin, Dick. “Cheney: Neither here nor there.” Washington Post. 21 June 2007. Web. Accessed 2 February 2015. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2007/06/21/BL2007062101075.html?nav=hcmodule.

 

Info about Reviews

Here, extracted from the syllabus, is the information and instructions about writing the Short and Expert Reviews that are the core of your writing for this course. Here’s a link to the Rubric.

6 Short Reviews

6 times this semester—3 times before Spring Break and 3 times afterwards—you will post a short review of the book assigned for that week. (Note: there are 10 books assigned, and you’ll be writing an Expert Review for two of them, so you’ll get to take a pass twice, once before and once after break). Think of these as being similar to reviews for books you read on Amazon: a 200-1000 word critical evaluation of the book. These reviews should be posted by Tuesday at midnight so that your classmates and I will have a chance to look over them before class on Wednesday. Please create a new post on the blog for your Reviews; consider giving your Review a title too. (Note: I strongly suggest writing in another program and then pasting in the WordPress site).

Extra credit: I think it would be great if in addition to posting on our own blog we also posted our reviews of the books on Amazon, where reviews are widely read and actually influence whether people buy books. Therefore, if you post all of your short reviews on Amazon in addition to posting them on the course blog, I will boost your final Short Reviews grade by one full notch (B- to A-, etc). (When you post a review on Amazon, you’ll receive an email confirming that it now appears on the site; you can simply forward these emails to me so that I can look at the review.)

2 Expert Reviews

Two times this semester you will be assigned to write an “Expert Review” on that week’s reading, which will replace your Short Review and are also due at midnight on Tuesday. Expert Reviews are different from Short Reviews in three ways: (1) they are longer (500-2000 words); (2) they must incorporate an outside source in addition to discussing the main reading for the day. You are encouraged to use the week’s secondary reading as your second source or to choose one of your own; (3) they must take a stance on a larger issue related to the book, rather than just discuss the book on its own. Think of the Expert Review as a short paper—write more formally, like an expert, and spend more time crafting your post. I will give you an opportunity to volunteer to be an expert on a particular book. If you don’t volunteer, I’ll assign you to a certain week.

Expert Review Assignments

1 – Week 3 (1/28)

H.G. Wells, The Time Machine

2 – Week 4 (2/4)

Phillippe Squarzoni, Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science

Experts: Sophia, Alec, Alina, Jim

3 – Week 5 (2/11)

George R. Stewart, Earth Abides

Experts: Emily, Darrek, Deirdre, Erinn, Steve, Sam, John,  Cameron

4 – Week 6 (2/18)

Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future

Experts: Matt, Sanaa, Joe, Christian, Jesse, Annie

5 – Week 7 (2/25)

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

Experts: Jordan, Tiffany, Gloria, Taylor Shuster, Dennis, Stephanie, Taylor Antosiewicz, Bobby

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6 – Week 8 (3/11)

Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior

Experts: Tiffany, Gloria, Alina

7 – Week 10 (3/25 )

Kim Stanley Robinson, Forty Signs of Rain

Experts: Deirdre, Erinn, Taylor A., Cameron, Joe

8 – Week 11 (4/1)

Paolo Bacigalupi, The Wind-up Girl

Experts: SophiaJordan, Alec, Stephanie, Steve, Annie

9 – Week 13 (4/15)

Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood

Experts: Emily, Darrek, Taylor S., Dennis, Bobby, Sam

10 – Week 14 (4/23)

Tobias Buckell, Hurricane Fever

Experts: Jim, John, Matt, Sanaa, Jesse