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The past few years it has been almost all fire, fire, fire, and at last the final few strays for To the Last Smoke are out. It's been quite a roadtrip.


NEW RELEASE! Fire: A Brief History has just been published in a revised, second edition, including a new chapter "The Pyrocene: A Brief Future."  The new edition underwrites my guest editorship with Natural History for a special edition on fire, scheduled for September, 2019.  I get to frame the theme, but lots of other fire folks contribute the various essays. 

I keep thinking all his pyro-frenzy is about to change, then California keeps burning. For thoughts on the 2018 California fires, see Commentaries.

Still, I'm a hedgehog who knew two big things. I'm pivoting from fire to my other theme and have written, presently under review, a survey history of exploration that I'm calling The Great Ages of Discovery. How Western Civilization Learned about a Wider World. It abstracts the conceptual framework that undergirded The Ice, How the Canyon Became Grand, and Voyager.  I've been working on this topic since graduate school.

Meanwhile, a new book on writing, Style and Story, is out - addressing stuff I didn't realize should have been in Voice and Vision. So far it's still fun.

And, yes, the rumors are true. I've retired from teaching into emeritus status. ASU's youngest students are the age of my oldest grandkid. It's time.

A concise summary of wildland fire and its management. Version: 1.4 (Dec 2018).


Other projects


* an anthology culled from the nine books of To the Last Smoke.  It will include one new essay - surprise - on the California fire busts of 2017 and 2018.


* a book on wilderness in the contemporary scene, titled Wild Visions and modeled on the old Sierra Club series. Ben Minteer is the lead author and Mark Klett is overseeing the photos; I'm writing some secondary copy.

* a fire history of Mexico, a project that I have long had in mind. It appears I will finally have the time to pursue it.

Scenes from two public lectures. (l) Stewart Brand and I fielding questions after my talk for the Long Now Foundation. (r) My 2015 TED Talk.


 For more information on recent books, click on titles below
The Last Lost World


Fire: Nature and Culture

After Preservation