The Coming Global Superstorm Mass Market Paperback – May 1 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
The message is very scary and convincing: humankind has so polluted the environment that the world's weather is about to react by taking a "ferocious" turn. But the messengers delivering this news seem a bit flaky: Strieber wrote of his own alien abduction episode in Communion; Bell, a late-night radio talk-show host, regularly covers such topics as UFOs, government conspiracies and near-death experiences. They present an imagined sequence for the catastrophic "superstorm," threatening a possible "extinction event" for humans. It's like Orson Welles's The War of the Worlds, only we're fighting the weather instead of Martians. Interspersed with this alarmist scenario are many credible facts about the effects of trapped greenhouse gasses, as well as explanations of how quickly our ecosystem has deteriorated in this century. Reading, the authors are very grave indeed, lending an otherwise dry scientific topic a heightened sense of dramaAand making it play as a thriller on tape. Simultaneous release with the Pocket hardcover. (Dec.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Art Bell is America's voice in the night, heard weekends by more than fifteen million people on the show he created, Coast-to- Coast AM. Art covers topics far and wide, from gun control to near-death experiences, from politics to UFOs -- nothing is beyond Art's realm. He is also the author of The Quickening, The Source, and an autobiography entitled The Art of Talk. He lives in Nevada with his wife, Ramona, and three cats.
Whitley Strieber is widely known for his bestselling account of his own close encounter, Communion: A True Story, and has produced a television special based on Confirmation for NBC. He is also the author of the vampire novels The Hunger, The Last Vampire, and Lilith's Dream, and is the new host of his own radio program, Dreamland, founded by Art and Ramona Bell. His website -- the world's most popular site featuring topics at the edge of science and culture -- is www.unknowncountry.com.
Top Customer Reviews
The problem with accepting their premise is two fold. First, several prominent climatologists have refuted the idea that such a catastrophe could strike within days. These weather experts agree that yes, such a flooding and freezing could occur, but only after thousands of years. What the reader has to face is the hard choice of which set of experts to believe. No one wants to accept the doomsday scenario of Bell and Streiber, so there is the natural tendency to scoff at their claims. Bell and Streiber, to their credit, admit that it would take courage and foresight to accept their thesis. To make their claims more enticing they resort to methods of persuasion that are superficially glitzy but do not fall into the category of hard scientific empiricism. And this brings me to their second problem.Read more ›
Published in the Independent.Co.UK on January 25th, 2004, they say in part:
"A study, which is being taken seriously by top government scientists, has uncovered a change "of remarkable amplitude" in the circulation of the waters of the North Atlantic.
Similar events in pre-history are known to have caused sudden "flips" of the climate, bringing ice ages to northern Europe within a few decades. The development - described as "the largest and most dramatic oceanic change ever measured in the era of modern instruments", by the US Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, which led the research - threatens to turn off the Gulf Stream, which keeps Europe's weather mild."
What will it take for us to listen?
Art Bell is an extremely succesful radio man and his show just dominates the nightime radio waves when he is on the air. I always feel sorry for anyone taking his place when he has a sore back or is on one of his leaves. The ratings must plummet when he stops talking. Also as a former disc jockey from Japan or similar he has selected outstanding bumper music that just pumps the show up and keeps all those all nightime truckers awake and jumping.
Sometimes, about 10%-20% of the time, he has excellent solid and well qualified guests - people that are well known scientists or similar who have their heads screwed on tight.
The rest of the time (as with this book with Whitley) his show is pure fanatasy made up of various people talking to the dead, seeing UFO's, communicating by "remote viewing", seeing "shadow people", predicting the end of the planet and the like. These ideas have as much merit as the mist that evaporates when the sun rises as the show ends.
This makes great radio, but when pen goes to paper and entertainment tries to become science, or a science book, it becomes an exercise in (scary) fiction to augment his radio income. Strieber either believes this clap-trap or is along for the ride. I cannot see this effort as scientific or accurate with any credibility. It is entertainment pure and simple.
It was published because Art's name is there as an author and market draw. Otherwise it does not pass the proverbial laugh test. Maybe somewhere "shadow people" are reading the book using "remote viewing" and enjoying it.
My humble opinion.
Jack in Toronto
Most recent customer reviews
As soon as I've read the first pages, it was creepy and very apocalyptic. It was the best book I've read. The message of the book is "Move south now!". Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2005
Whitley Strieber??? Come on, abductions, implants, etc., this guy is a total JOKE! Now he is an expert on Global Warming? Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by don
I haven't read the book, but another reviewer wrote something funny. He refered to Y2k and how people were worried about the end of the world then, and they were obviously wrong. Read morePublished on June 3 2004
Makes for good entertaining reading, but like the movie Day After Tomorrow, just be sure not to take it too seriously, as the authors have no real scientific credentials to speak... Read morePublished on May 26 2004
Just remember this book is brought to you by the same people that said the world as we know it would end 1/1/2000 when the computers melt down. Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by William Jurgens
As most fans of Art Bell and Whitley Strieber know, this is the book that inspired Roland Emmerich to write and direct The Day After Tomorrow. Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by Chadwick H. Saxelid
When this book first appeared it was dismissed by professional climatologists. Now it seems Bell and Strieber were on to something all along. Read morePublished on April 28 2004
The Coming Global Superstorm is a wonderful Non-Fiction Book that explains many scenarios about our ever changing world that we live in and also our dire future. Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by Joseph Ares-Berziga
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