- Hardcover: 311 pages
- Publisher: Crossing Pr; 1st US edition (March 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580910661
- ISBN-13: 978-1580910668
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dead Mars, Dying Earth Hardcover – March 1, 2000
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Is our planet's condition terminal? Whether or not you have faith in the mounting scientific evidence pointing toward potentially catastrophic effects of our atmospheric meddling, you must admit that if the prophets are right, we'd better learn to breathe carbon dioxide in a hurry. Physicist John E. Brandenburg and science writer Monica Rix Paxson warn that our big blue marble might become just another cold dead rock in Dead Mars, Dying Earth, a parallel study of our history and our neighbor's, drawing on the information amassed over decades of scientific research and exploration. The writing is florid, even a bit messianic at times, but the writers believe that our time is limited and that we must immediately stop deforestation and dependence on fossil fuel if we want our species to make it more than a few generations. Despite bringing in some unnecessary and controversial "evidence" (did they really need to tout the face on Mars to make their case for global warming?), they still make a compelling case that life did exist on Mars but was extinguished by an out-of-control greenhouse effect. Refreshingly, they suggest that we fight science with science, arguing that fusion power and space exploration are crucial to our continuing survival. This may be the argument that sways the nervous conservatives who fear economic recession or worse if we heed the environmentalists' call to action. If so, Dead Mars, Dying Earth could be the 21st century's Silent Spring. --Rob Lightner
"Is Dead Mars, Dying Earth another one of those books that pokes a finger right in your chest on the first page and then, ...pushes you, the reader, into a corner of helplessness? Absolutely not. ...On the contrary... after a well reasoned, captivating and expansive discussion of Mars, the dilemma on Earth becomes chillingly clear: the history of Mars and Earth is "the history...of two planets, one dead, one dying."
..."These are thought processes that shake you up and illuminate the connections, dependencies and consequences of our actions. It is also the case that only rethinking can produce the transformation we must make, but rethinking cannot be accomplished with sledgehammer tactics; so instead the authors have very sensibly and carefully crafted this urgent scenario of Earths peril to read in parts like an engaging novel and a science fiction thriller--wild and just a bit other worldly... (Barbara Wegmann, reviewer Amazon.de (Germany)) -- Barbara Wegmann, reviewer Amazon.de, Germany
"This is ecological siren sounding on a cosmological scale, pitched at the non-scientist...[If] it is a writers job to inquire about the world, then Brandenburg and Paxson have a considerable success on their hands: a timely and very frightening book, but one so engaging, it is more likely to inspire us to help save the planet than sink usas more sober works too often dointo a cynical and useless despair."(Simon Ings, reviewer, Amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom)) -- (Simon Ings, reviewer, Amazon.co.uk, UK)
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Although Brandenburg and Paxson are both scientists, they wrote this book for general audience appeal and included several parallel stories and color plates to demonstrate the deleterious effects of global warming and intentional dismissal or denial (i.e., the fate of the Titanic, etc.) of the burgeoning accumulation of supportive data gathered both here on Earth and Mars. The stories are riveting and fascinating and combine to intentionally alarm the reader into action.
The authors are big supporters of alternative energy sources to replace the oxygen depleting, carbon producing fossil fuels and they suggest fusion reactors are one of the best alternatives to both fossil fuel and the far more dangerous fission reactors for energy production and that governments and industry should substantially increase funding research for fusion reactors. Increase in the perfection and use of fuel cells, wind, photoelectric, etc. are also suggested. More info and resources are available at their website: [...]
Urgent and arresting, "Dead Mars, Dying Earth" has already been called the "Silent Spring" of the new millennium. Read either as a behind-the-scenes expose of the forbidden science of planetary SETI or as an erudite work of comparitive planetology, this unflinching look at what our species is doing to our planet deserves a vast audience.
The issue really raised is how Earth is dying with Global warming, and is probably going to end up like Mars. But the book veers with so many different digressions and irrelevant narrations... it gets lost.
This is not a book you should read, instead a good Asimov novel is a better bet.
If this book got the media exposure it should get, it would have a greater impact than Rachel Carson's well-known book of the 1960's "Silent Spring" -- which initiated a massive protest over the dangers of pesticides.
This book presents background environmental information like an exciting story.... Authors use marvelous metaphors. One theme of the entire book is the analogy that living on our world is like being on the Titanic.... it is a blockbuster of a book.... it should be required reading of our President and our entire Congress.
Later when I went to the bookcase to pick the next book to read, nothing caught my eye. Apparently I had indeed found what I had been seeking for years~an understanding of Earth's history and glimpses of the future, in comparison to our most similar neighbor, Mars. Thanks to the authors, Dr. Brandenburg & Ms. Paxson, for fulfilling this student's quest.
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