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An Army encampment from the late 1960's, a city built under the ice of a glacier in Greenland, was originally designed to be a one-year experiment, using volunteers to inhabit the facility to see if life ...
An Army encampment from the late 1960's, a city built under the ice of a glacier in Greenland, was originally designed to be a one-year experiment, using volunteers to inhabit the facility to see if life under the ice was possible. Thirty years later, a man is found frozen to death on the top of the glacier, and the Army decides to go looking for their facility. Col. Pike is sent to search for Camp Century, the city under the ice, and finds more than even the Army expected.
Posted May 26, 2009
The sci fi book ICETOPIA is a look at an unusual living arrangement in the polar region by author Arthur Herzog. What would daily life be like under the ice? Herzog was inspired by a little known site called Camp Century built by the US Air Force in 1958. Located 150 miles from Thule Air Force Base, it was designed as a nuclear missle launch site against the Russians, in case of a war, deep under the Greenland ice sheild.
The book is compelling and would make a great movie as it describes the drama of the great expanse of ice in visual terms and makes painfully clear the fragile hold humans have on survival in this environment.
Herzog's fictional account of a utopia involving captured hippies is extremely engaging. Picked up for minor crimes, the US Army invites them to participate in a one-year study, which turns out to be much longer, in return for their freedom. Eva and Adam become the Snow Mother and Snow Father. They plan to create a whole new world under the ice devoted to the principles of love, brotherhood, and peace. But their well ordered life is interuppted by Col. Joseph Pike, U.S, Army Corp of Engineers and his sidekick, Harvard trained Inuit Dr. Eric Umanak, whose suspicions were aroused by the discovery of a corpse frozen stiff near the entrance to Icetopia.
They discover the utopia and meet the many hippies literally buried alive in a life that they've designed to last for generations. Believing they are safe from a world destroyed by nuclear war, they do not want to leave. Herzog weaves a complicated system of relationships and the two interlopers discover they are falling in love with mother and daughter, respectively. They have a series of adventures including the discovery of an ancient artifact and meeting a prehistoric snow giant, who cannot speak. The book has a momentous climax and breathtaking escape at the last minute. The book is well researched by Herzog and the dialogue is first rate. He also introduces a unique character in the brilliant, wise-cracking Inuit, who can do anything, knows everythin and can dance well. I'd like to read more about him.
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