UPHEAVAL: A short novel
A new short novel about an ice tsunami that devastates the Canadian Maritimes
Eighty-six year old Duff Gillies didn’t want to die without telling the story of what he’d witnessed during the great ice tsunami that devastated Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia back in 2026. That was the winter he’d agreed to take young Izzy Walker on as his student aboard the Ice Queen and the year polar bears invaded the Gulf of St. Lawrence for the first time. After an unsettling polar bear encounter out on the ice, Duff thought he’d seen everything. Then three ice-covered waves turned his quiet maritime existence upside down. Called on to help a good friend rescue his brother, he and Izzy witnessed first-hand the devastating toll the tsunami had taken. But Duff had an experience no one else did and it came to haunt him. This fictional first-person account of the greatest tsunami disaster ever to hit a North American shore is a story you won’t want to miss. It’s a short novel that will leave you astonished at the destructive power a tsunami can muster when it teams up with thick sea ice cover.
Available for pre-order in ebook format at Amazon (release date 3 December) and immediately in paperback (release date 30 November), all countries.
The Polar Bear Catastrophe
That Never Happened
The Polar Bear Catastrophe That Never Happened explains why the catastrophic decline in polar bear numbers we were promised in 2007 failed to materialize. It’s the story of how and why the polar bear came to be considered `Threatened’ with extinction, and tracks the species rise and fall as an icon of the global warming movement.
The book also tells the story of my role in bringing that failure to public attention and the backlash against me that ensued.
For the first time, you’ll see a frank and detailed account of attempts by scientists to conceal population growth as numbers rose from an historical low in the 1960s to the astonishing highs that surely must exist after almost 50 years of protection from overhunting.
There is also a blunt account of what truly abundant populations of bears mean for the millions of people who live and work in areas of the Arctic inhabited by polar bears.
See “Non-Fiction Titles” for details and list of interviews (note, an ‘epub’ ebook format is now available for non-Kindle users).
A Polar Bear Science Trio (non-fiction)
These science books offer the information critical for understanding current issues in polar bear ecology and conservation. You’ll learn some amazing facts and myths about these Arctic icons from both but one of them is fashioned specifically with kids in mind.
For elementary and middle school students (and adults)
Available now! This versatile, full-color summary is appropriate for ages 7 and up but may also appeal to adults. Polar Bear Facts and Myths: A Science Summary for all Ages is laid out in a question and answer format, with language that’s straightforward but not condescending, so it works for students of various reading abilities as well as adults who prefer a simple synopsis. A great polar bear book for adults and kids to read together. Buy the paperback or ebook version at Amazon today. French, German, Dutch, and Norwegian translations now available, details here.
For adults and high school students
Available now! This full-color, fully-referenced polar bear science book is aimed at adults and high school students. Polar Bears: Outstanding Survivors of Climate Change is fashioned after the popular lecture with the same title Susan has given through the University of Victoria’s Speakers Bureau since 2009, which has been enthusiastically received by audiences with a wide range of interests.
This full-color volume explains why polar bears are thriving despite the recent decline of Arctic sea ice.
It contains the critical information readers need to understand polar bear ecology and conservation issues without drowning in detail: the most up-to-date information available in an easy to digest format that is fully referenced.
Available now! This beautiful color book is a ‘first science book’ for preschoolers who love polar bears. Polar Bears Have Big Feet has no gory images, no discussion of starving bears, climate change, or threatened species – just fabulous pictures of polar bears doing what they do in their natural Arctic habitat, accompanied by lighthearted descriptions. It’s a great first polar bear science book for adults to read to kids but it’s also one that kids will want to learn to read.
Buy the paperback only at Amazon.com today.
Will be available only in paperback, check here for details.
A Polar Bear Attack Thriller (fiction)
Available since 2015. What Jaws did for the beaches of New England, Eaten does for northern Newfoundland.Terror and carnage abound as hungry polar bears come ashore in droves seeking any food available, including human prey. Set in the year 2025 at the edge of the Arctic, the story considers future possibilities no one has yet contemplated. Call it JAWS for the 21st century – just when you thought it was safe to stay out of the water! The historic but uniquely revitalized Newfoundland community of Fogo Island features prominently in the tale. Buy it today at Amazon in paperback or ebook versions or see the dedicated EATEN page for other available formats and purchasing venues.
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Scientist Susan Crockford has spent decades writing professional papers and books but has been blogging about polar bears for non-scientists since 2012. In 2015, she wrote her first novel, a polar bear attack thriller aimed at readers who prefer their science “lite.” EATEN did not disappoint: the common reviewer refrain was, “I couldn’t put it down!” For 2017, she presents the two non-fiction volumes readers around the world have been requesting: straightforward science books about polar bears for adults and children that offer the same no nonsense, big-picture perspective on polar bear conservation that has made her blog and public lectures so popular. Susan is a professional zoologist who has studied the ecological history and evolution of many animals for more than 40 years, and has had a special interest in polar bears for at least half that time. A driving fascination with evolution (including the history of human-animal interactions) compels her to write. She has a Ph.D. and writes about the science of polar bears and related topics at www.polarbearscience.com. See the About page on my blog (here) for more detail on my background, and even more detailed publication history at www.pacificid.com under the Research tab.
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