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A Crack In The Sky: Reading/Source List

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A CRACK IN THE SKY is a work of fiction that began when I had ideas for certain characters, a certain setting, and a certain journey my characters were bound to take. That said, some elements of the novel’s fictional future world were inspired by real science and current scientific theories–including those surrounding the issue of global climate change. In many cases I pushed those ideas to an extreme and unlikely degree for dramatic purposes. Here are some of the sources that helped inspire this novel:



Barnes, Peter. Climate Solutions: A Citizen’s Guide. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008.

Berne, Emma Carlson. Global Warming and Climate Change (Compact Research Series). San Diego: Referencepoint Press, 2007.

Broecker, Wallsace S., and Kunzig, Robert. Fixing Climate: What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threat–and How to Counter It. Hill and Wang, 2008.

Gelbspan, Ross. Boiling Point: How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists, and Activists Have Fueled a Climate Crisis–And What We Can Do to Avert Disaster. Basic Books, 2005.

Henson, Robert. The Rough Guide to Climate Change, 2nd Edition. London: Rough Guides, 2008.

Hillman, Mayer; Fawcett, Tina Fawcett; and Rajan, Sudhir Chella. The Suicidal Planet: How to Prevent Global Climate Catastrophe. Thomas Dunne Books, 2007.

Lynas, Mark. High Tide: The Truth About Our Climate Crisis. New York: Picador, 2004.

Lynas, Mark. Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet. National Geographic Society, 2008.

Speth, James Gustave. Red sky at morning: America and The Crisis of the Global Environment, Second Edition. New Haven: Yale Nota Bene, 2005.

Walker, Gabrielle, and King, David. The Hot Topic: What We Can Do About Global Warming. Mariner Books, 2008.

Internet Research:

Note that each of these links were live in March 2010 (when I created this page), but over time some may change or become defunct.

“The Carbon Cycle.” The Encyclopedia of Earth. link

“Climate Change Science–State of Knowledge: What’s Known, What’s Very Likely, What’s Not Certain.” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. link

“Climate Scenarios and Science: Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007” Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. link

“Global warming: Frequently Asked Questions.” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. link

“Herpestes Edwardsi: Indian Gray Mongoose.” University of Michigan Museum of Zoology Animal Diversity Web. link

“Mongoose Herpestidae.” National Geographic. link

“Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Problem.” Henderson, Caspar (2006-08-05. News Service. link

“The Ocean in a High CO2 World.” Cicerone, R.; J. Orr, P. Brewer et al. (2004). EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union 85 (37): 351–353. doi:10.1029/2004EO370007. link

“Secrets, Lies, And Sweatshops.” BusinessWeek, Nov. 27, 2006 link

“State of the Science Fact Sheet: Ocean Acidification.” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce link

A Sweatshop Story from Chiapas, Mexico, “Chiapas Today” Bulletin, No. 473 CIEPAC: Chiapas, Mexico Aug. 10, 2005 link


Dr. Julio Friedmann, Ph.D., Carbon Management Program Leader, Energy & Environmental Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA bio