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Here's one on the Pyrocene framed by the views outside my study windows.

Another in Grist that elaborates an excerpt from the book. 

A generous review in Science.

A virtual book tour at Napa Bookmine. 

A brief commentary on how the Big Blowback followed the Big Blowup.



I'VE BEEN LUCKY in the big things.  Since retiring from teaching, I've been able to write books that summarize the two grand themes of my career.


BEGIN with the Pyrocene.  It's time to use the concept more forcefully.  For a fuller explanation, see Pyrocene (or above, in banner).  The University of California Press published the book in September, 2021.


STILL, I'm a hedgehog who knew two big things. I'm juggling fire with my other major theme and have written a 600-year survey history of exploration that I'm calling The Great Ages of Discovery. How Western Civilization Learned about a Wider World (my shorthand for the book is EGAD, Exploration's Great Ages of Discovery). It abstracts the conceptual framework that undergirded The Ice, How the Canyon Became Grand, and Voyager.  Exploration has been Western Civ's quest narrative.  I've been working on this topic since graduate school. Now it is out. For a short trailer, click here. And click here for the launch event (and interview).


OTHERWISE, I fuss over our urban Farm at the End of the Road, where I wrangle sheep, chickens, and citrus, and follow Voltaire's admonition to tend my garden.

Other projects

  * Wild Visions, a book on wilderness in the contemporary scene, modeled on the old Sierra Club exhibit-format series. Ben Minteer is the lead author and Mark Klett is overseeing the photos.  Yale University Press will publish.
 * Five Suns: 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.

  * Vidas en fuego. I'm facilitating a collection of autobiographies from six major figures in Mexican fire research and management. 

 * Pyrocene Park: a journey through the fire history of Yosemite National Park.  A landscape best known for its ice sculptings is increasingly challenged by fire in all its manifestations.


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.


The TLS suite, complete.  The color commentary to accompany the narrative in Between Two Fires.  My gratitude to the USFS, USDI, and JFSP for funding, and to the University of Arizona Press for staying with the project - a big commitment all around. 
Primer on American fire for journalists (303 KB)

A concise summary of wildland fire and its management (June 2020).