The HAARP Letters

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The HAARP letters: a climate-changing reality.

By Anthony J. Gerst

OUT NOW: book 1 of The Climate Sociology Series, by Anthony J. Gerst, set in a world following a Sudden Climate Change Event brought on by scientists trying to avoid global warming and inadvertently making things much worse.

Set mid-century, the story begins in Alaska at a doomsday shelter after an abrupt climate changing event called Big Thunder has occurred ...

From Wikepedia:

"An abrupt climate change occurs when the climate system is forced to transition to a new climate state at a rate that is determined by the climate system energy-balance, and which is more rapid than the rate of change of the external forcing.[1] Past events include the end of the Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse,[2] Younger Dryas,[3] Dansgaard-Oeschger events, Heinrich events and possibly also the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum.[4] The term is also used within the context of global warming to describe sudden climate change that is detectable over the time-scale of a human lifetime. One proposed reason for the observed abrupt climate change is that feedback loops within the climate system both enhance small perturbations and cause a variety of stable states.[5]"

"The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska[clarification needed], and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).[1] Designed and built by BAE Advanced Technologies (BAEAT), its purpose is to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance.[2] The HAARP program operates a major sub-arctic facility, named the HAARP Research Station, on an Air Force-owned site near Gakona, Alaska."

This was one of the best books I've read for some time, I preferred it to the Hunger Games. It has some really thought-provoking themes in it. Not just your usual end-of-the-world scenario, it shows a group of people trying to make things better, setting up a society where the main concern will be care for the precious remaining environment after a global disaster. The fact that this disaster has been brought on by meddling in order to prevent it, should ring warning bells as we read on. The device of emails to enable the backstory and unfolding of events to be satisfactorily explained works very well, the book becomes more and more difficult to put down as the reader progresses through it. By the end of the book, the rest of the series is cleverly set up and one can roughly see where the problems of this new Utopia are going to lie. Basically, it's a very human here-we-go-again story, we never learn. If this sort of cli-fi can open people's eyes to some of the risks, it will have done its job. Meanwhile DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK - I can't wait for the sequels!

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