In his amazing predictive authoring, Stewart revived the earth by a plague. Is it here?
George R. Stewart was quite a prophet.
In his first great work, Ordeal By Hunger, he told the story from an ecological (or Ranger’s) point of view, but he began with the Astronaut’s point of view from Low Earth Orbit. Not bad for a book published in 1936 (and still the best book about the Donner Party).
As he prepared for the publication of his ecological novel, Fire, he sent a letter to the Book-of-the-Month club publicist that prophetically explained:
“I consider the main theme … to be the problem of the relationship of man to his environment. I really think of myself, in most of my books, as what might be called an ecologist. ” (From a letter in the Bancroft Library’s George Rippey Stewart Papers. Published with permission of the family.)
In the Third Book of The Years of the City, Stewart pretty well…
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