Monday, November 26, 2012

''Polar City Red'' spotlighted in the Anchorage Daily News on Alaska

            Polar City Red

By Jim Laughter, Tulsa novelist 
(Deadly Niche Press, $12.95)
 Available online orders via Amazon and Barnes Noble as ebook and paperback reader

The blurb: This novel, set in Alaska in the year 2075, imagines a world in the midst of "climate chaos," with millions of refugees trekking northward.

Excerpt: "The explosion ripped through the evening darkness and jarred the sleeping citizens of Polar City Red awake. Thunderous echoes of sound reverberated off the steep walls of granite protecting the city. The destruction caused by the M-72 LAWS (Light Anti-Armor Weapons System) rocket hitting a supply storage bunker sent an acrid cloud of smoke drifting through the city. Shards of sharp rock and metal flew through the air, smashing against any unfortunate structure near the point of impact. "Several rocks hit the Climatron, cracking one of the reinforced panes of glass.

"Shouts of fear rose into the night as lights from candles and lanterns peeked out from shrouded and shuttered windows. Mothers pulled their children close to them and tried to calm their fears. Men carrying an odd assortment of weapons spilled from caves, lean-to houses, underground bunkers, and geodesic domes. Other men in makeshift military uniforms armed with M-16 rifles and other weapons from long ago wars converged on the point of attack. It was still too dark to see the smoke, but the flames caused by the incendiary rocket lit up a secluded section of dried brush on the hillside."  (C) 2012 Jim

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    Jim Laughter's novel mentioned above, POLAR CITY RED, was produced by 12-year Alaskan resident Danny Bloom, who lived in the state from 1979 to 1991, most of the time in Juneau and two winters in Nome. The book, while pure fiction, goes into the methane release research of Katie Walters at UAF and mentions UAA professor Robin Bronen's idea which she coined of "climate refugees." The story was set in Fairbanks because Bloom, as the producer and book packager of Polar CIty Red and the founder/director of the Polar Cities Research Institute, [Google it], in 2006, felt that when climate chaos finally hits the world hard, most of the Lower 48 will be abandonned as Americans trek north in search of food, fuel and shelter, -- thus POLAR CITIES as climate refuges for climate refugees in some distant future. Laughter sets the story in 2075 -- and the Tulsa sci fi novelist wrote every single word of the novel, created all the charafters and all the plot lines, and all credit goes to him for writing such a powerful sci fi -- or what Margaret Atwood has called'' cli fi'' -- novel. Yes, it's pure fiction. Laughter is a novelist. But his yarn is based on science and the research he himself did for this book. And it ends in the final chapter, on a hopeful note, that somehow we humans will survive this mess we are in, and if you read just two chapters in this book, start with Chapter One, and end with the Epilogue at the end. Hopefully, you will find time to read the entire book on a cold winter's night in The Great State, the Last Frontier, the state where millions of Americans will be flooding into ...come the Climapocalypse. There is time to prepare and Laughter's book is a good read to prepare mentally, spiritually and politically, for what is coming down the road, in the Long Emerncy to come, what I call the Great Interruption from 2500 to 3500 AD, on my website: ''pcillu101'' in the blogspot arena. Go look. Jim Laugher sets the book in 2075, not so many years away, in order to make the book a NOW book, or an ALMOST now book, rather than some SO FAR AWAY WHO CARES book. Job well done, Jim. If anyone "gets" your book, it's going to be Alaskans. They know what's coming. NOTE: The New York TImes DOT EARTH blog run by Andrew Revkin profiled the POLAR CITIES meme in a 2008 column there. While Jim's novel is fiction, it's based on facts. It's pure entertainment and meant to be read that way. But it's also a prophecy of sorts. Read it and weep. For the world, for the your descendants to come 30 generations down the road, and for what might have been, if we humans had not tried harder to tighten the noose around coal, oil and gas, before it was too late. Now it's too late. Get ready for the food of refugees, Alaska. Jim Laughter has told as it is to be.

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