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What's happening

 

The PYROCENE

 

IT'S TIME to use the concept more forcefully.  For a fuller explanation, see Pyrocene (above, in banner).  Some new publications pivot on the idea:

      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 issue on fire (September, 2019; see Commentaries).  I get to frame the theme, but lots of other fire folks contribute the various essays. 

    For a brisk (if somewhat rhetorical) summary of my notion of the concept, see "Winter Isn't Coming. Prepare for the Pyrocene."

STILL, I'm a hedgehog who knew two big things. I'm juggling fire with my other major 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.

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

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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.