Fiction and fairytales

Global warming makes a good story, tempting writers to use it as a basis for fiction. Like with movies (see the section, "Science on the Red Carpet," earlier in this chapter), however, the underlying science isn't always presented properly. First, here are a couple of solid efforts:

l Floodland, by Marcus Sedgwick (Yearling): This imaginative book geared towards young teens made Zoe a little nervous. It's about a young girl named Zoe who's stranded in a rowboat in a flooded world.

l A Scientific Romance, by Ronald Wright (Picador): Inspired in part by H. G. Wells's classic The Time Machine, Wright's hero travels 500 years into the future, to a Britain transformed into a depopulated tropical jungle thanks to global warming. The author's beautiful prose and deft description make the situation seem all too plausible.


One novel we don't recommend for satisfying your climate change curiosity is State of Fear (HarperCollins), a 2004 thriller by Michael Crichton. The book depicts global warming as a conspiracy concocted by conniving environmentalists. The story would be amusing if some people didn't take the book seriously. The chair of a U.S. Senate committee invited Crichton to testify on matters surrounding research being used for public policy, and Crichton visited the White House to chat with President George W. Bush, who had read the book. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (which gets funding from the petroleum industry) even gave him their annual Journalism Award.

Crichton says that State of Fear is the product of three years of research, offering detailed footnotes and an appendix to support his claims. Unfortunately, he misinterprets and misrepresents much of the science. Crichton even attacks real scientists through his novel, with one character claiming that a prediction made by eminent U.S. scientist Dr. James Hansen 1988 about rising temperatures was off by 300 percent. Hansen himself has refuted that claim, showing that his projection was in fact remarkably accurate — an "inconvenient truth" for Crichton. (Check out Chapter 20 for more about Dr. James Hansen.)

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