Thomas A. Lewis

Thomas A. Lewis is a veteran journalist (National Wildlife, Smithsonian, Civil War magazines) and broadcaster (Voice of America) who has written six non-fiction books, two of which received favorable critical attention nationwide. He became alarmed about the state of the environment while working as the executive editor of the Time-Life Books 16-volume series on the earth sciences, “Planet Earth,” and later when, as roving editor for National Wildlife Magazine, he traveled from Alaska to Costa Rica to chronicle the distress of animals and their ecosystems.

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"A riveting, somewhat terrifying work of political speculative fiction."

Kirkus Reviews



Lewis’ (Brace for Impact, 2009, etc.) novel delivers a wake-up call about a near future in which oil has run out, climate change is inescapable, and a few brave souls fight for their lives.

In 2021, Americans are in mass denial about the realities of global fuel depletion and corporate greed, despite ubiquitous, ongoing environmental disasters. After a catastrophic hurricane strikes and military clashes over oil heat up, the crisis reaches its tipping point, and the country sinks into chaos. One intrepid group planned ahead and created a hidden fortress of survival, spearheaded by Brian, the dedicated son of the novel’s narrator, retired politician William Trent. With the society in shambles, most of the Trent family and a few other trusted compatriots hunker down in their self-sufficient farm complex and watch sporadic, increasingly dire news broadcasts until the reports finally stop completely. The survivors’ gravest suspicions are confirmed when they’re attacked by desperate bands of looters. Faced with the prospect of creating a whole new civilization, they confront the massive questions of what went wrong, how to prevent it from happening again, and who else might be out there. Written with consistent grace and a clear passion for its issues, Lewis’ novel is often absorbing, perhaps due to the fact that the subject matter seems scarily close at hand. The book’s driving political critique is a thorough takedown of corporate statehood, blind wastefulness and human greed. The narrator darkly reflects, “In the old world, I lived among people who had more luxury than any people in the history of the world. Like them, I did not know that after a while we would have to pay dearly for that luxury.” The novel’s action and contemplation give readers a nuanced representation of what could possibly be an impending reality. Although not all readers will be convinced by Lewis’ speculations, sci-fi fans and environmentally minded readers alike will likely appreciate the landscapes he creates.

A riveting, somewhat terrifying work of political speculative fiction.


Non fiction

The top 5 reasons we know the ultimate crash has already started, as explained in Brace for Impact: 1. We’re running out of food. For six of the past 11 years, the world has eaten more food than it has produced. People in wealthy countries are as yet unscathed; they think it’s just the poor end of the boat that is sinking. (Chapters One and Two) 2. We’re running out of water. Lakes, rivers, reservoirs and aquifers everywhere are shrinking, with no hope of replenishment. Stand by to abandon Las Vegas. (Chapter Three) 3. We’re running out of oil. Forget the hype about the mythical oil boom in the US, oil production continues to decline worldwide and will soon deprive the industrial economies of their oxygen -- cheap, plentiful oil. (Chapter Five) 4. We’re running out of electricity. The power grid is aged, unstable and misused. Efforts to develop sustainable sources of electricity are doomed as long as they feed their product into the unsustainable grid. (Chapter Six explains the problem. For the solution, see Chapter Ten.) 5. We’re running out of time. Global climate change, a threat multiplier for all the above, is coming on faster and harder than anyone predicted just a few years ago. It’s too late to save everybody. But you can save anybody -- your family, your community -- by understanding the threat and learning the principles of sustainable living, and sanctuary, as explained by a veteran, nationally recognized environmental writer.

ISBN: 978-0615751672
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