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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (February 9, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583481192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583481196
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,598,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Crawford Kilian has been around. He's explored Western Canada and even lived in China, but when it comes to writing, he does his homework the new-fashioned way.online. A professional writer and educator, Kilian spends much of his "writing time" in research. For Icequake alone, he put in thousands of hours learning everything he could from a variety of resources about Antarctica and its denizens. The author estimates that he spent six to eight months "getting it right." However, Kilian is quick to assure you that the research is part of the pleasure of writing. It brings believability to the work and a real relationship with the subject matter. From his snowy enclave in Vancouver, Kilian does his research from the comfort of his cozy home using the Web. But, it hasn't always been that way. In the early '80s, this full-time college English professor realized that the Internet was the wave of the future...for writers, teachers, and students. So, he took up his department's challenge to develop writing courses that integrated technology. What started with some phone conferencing is now an expertise in distance education that takes him to numerous speaking engagements each year. Like many educators, Kilian feels that the Web is a good supplement to the classroom, not a replacement for it. He says, "It's not just a valuable tool for research. It also forces us as educators to examine what works and doesn't work in our teaching...in both areas, the real and the virtual classroom." Kilian is also sold on the latest technologies in publishing and has republished most of his out-of-print classics with toExcel. He says, "I thought the books could find a new audience in a new generation, and toExcel offered that opportunity." toExcel is pleased to add this terrific writer/educator to it's stable of republished authors! ************************** Crawford Kilian's writing career has included a decade as regular weekly columnist for the Vancouver Province, eleven novels, two ch

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
`Icequake' is another of those sf novels of the 70s (such as, for example, `The Sixth Winter' by Gribbin and Orgill) that dealt with the phenomenon of Global Cooling and the New Ice Age. Indeed, in the pages of `Icequake', you'll find a passage in which the Greenhouse Effect / Global Warming is disparaged by the scientists of the New Shackleton Station !

The novel takes place in the `future', i.e., early 1985. It's not a nice 1985, either; the Earth has somehow lost its magnetic field, and the ozone layer, along with a chunk of the upper atmosphere, has been stripped by unprecedented solar activity; crops are dying from excessive UV radiation, and transmissions in the electromagnetic spectrum are drowned out by static.

At New Shackleton Station, a large research outpost located on the Ross Ice Shelf of Antarctica, the multinational crew of scientists and staff are preparing to shut down the station and evacuate before the arrival of the Antarctic Winter. However, an alarming message comes in from the U.S. base at McMurdo Station: Mount Erebus is erupting, and violently so. The eruption is quickly followed by a massive earthquake, or `icequake', that splits the Ross Shelf into massive ice plates separated by networks of vast crevasses.

The crew at New Shackleton discover that their evacuation plans are cancelled; the icequake and the volcano have made air travel to Antarctica from New Zealand impossible. The New Shackleton crew are faced with the unenviable task of spending the entire winter - when the continent is at its most dangerous - huddled in the underground tunnels and revetments of their installation.

But new complications arise: the icequake has made real an unprecedented geophysical phenomenon.
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Reading this book in january 2005 I find the book to still has qualities which makes me recomend the book to other potential readers. The book is well written and it certainly kept me reading continously for hours.

The situation is this: An antarctic research station with an interesting group of people. Then something happens with the environment. Guess it's not a big secret that parts of the isecap breaks. Strong descriptions of persons and situations.

I well written book which provides good entertainment.
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I enjoyed this book though it did get a bit repetitive in the 13th chapter "Traverse". I haven't been able to find a sequel though if I do I may read it to see what happens next.
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By Eric J Tuchelske on March 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Although I love disaster stories, this book was absolutely boring. It didn't hold my attention and the ending was poor. And there's a sequel?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Bonsey on February 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
Ok, so maybe I'm biased because a relative of mine wrote this book. Even so, I must say I didn't expect it to be as good as it was. I am a big fan of natural disaster stories and "nature gone wrong" themes so this was right up my alley. The character development was good and the plot was interesting and kept me reading. Only thing that disappointed me was the ending- I didn't want it to end! :)
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