In his amazing predictive authoring, Stewart revived the earth by a plague. Is it here? The book is available in paperback from Amazon and as an audiobook. I have both versions. I've read it (repeatedly) and listened to it (at least another three times, once with Garry, who loved it). I've always been surprised it … Continue reading IS CORONAVIRUS THE EARTH ABIDES PLAGUE? from the “Earth Abides” Project
I don’t know how many copies of "Earth Abides" I have owned or how many times I’ve read it. I first read it when I was a teenager and I’ve been rereading it regularly ever since. I used to give away copies to people who hadn’t read it yet and eventually, kept extra copies, just … Continue reading 2019 – EARTH ABIDES ACHIEVES PLATINUM – Marilyn Armstrong
Christmas 2019 Here’s the annual re-post of a story of the close connections between George R. Stewart and Jimmy Stewart, and between the mythical town of Bedford Falls and the real town of Indiana, Pennsylvania, the boyhood home of both Stewarts. It’s A Wonderful Story This is the time of year when most of us watch … Continue reading The More-or-Less Annual George R. Stewart, Jimmy Stewart Christmas Post – Reblog – Earth Abides Project
FOWC with Fandango — Electric I can hide in the woods and live without wi-fi. I wouldn't like it, but I could do it. I could shudder with fear and use an outhouse. I would hate it, but I can (and have) done it. I can easily live without a cell phone, half-heartedly without a computer … Continue reading WIRES – Marilyn Armstrong
According to Google, both the 70th and hundredth anniversaries are honored with platinum gifts. Since Earth Abides is just a year short of its 70th anniversary, George R. Stewart’s epic work is approaching platinum. One year to go. In the meantime, I finally got Garry to listen to it with me. It's funny how many times I've read it … Continue reading THE END AND THE BEGINNING – Marilyn Armstrong
I don’t know how many copies I have owned of this book. Or how many times I’ve read it. I know it has been often. I first read it when I was a teenager and I’ve been rereading it regularly ever since. I used to give away copies to people who hadn’t read it yet … Continue reading 2019: EARTH ABIDES ACHIEVES PLATINUM – REBLOG PLUS MY REVIEW
This is incredibly timely … and the original book was written more than 60 years ago. And yet, we are still surprised when the inevitable happens. Again.
George R. Stewart was always interested in how humans react to ecological events, because he saw those reactions as defining human character. Two of his best novels, FIRE and EARTH ABIDES, focus on such events – FIRE, on a great forest fire (and fire ecology); EARTH ABIDES,on a planet-wide disease epidemic which nearly ends the human species.
This last month California experienced fire, and some Californians had a lesson about disease. There were massive and destructive fires, and a literary discussion of an epidemic which references Stewart’s EARTH ABIDES.
Build a home in the woods and, sooner or later, fire will come. Defensible space is a great help; but in suburbia’s tiny lots, there can be none. The fires of 2017 burned through the house-stacked neighborhoods so quickly that – as in the recent Oakland Hills fire – many people died trying to flee. Entire neighborhoods…
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