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Tree Listener: an eco-thriller
     

Tree Listener: an eco-thriller

by Karen Lawson
 
In Washington, the cherry trees didn't bloom.
Daniel Frost is recruited by Homeland Security to investigate fellow botanist Alia Kerrigan as the bioterrorist responsible for this attack.
Alia is linked to environmental radicals, and is lovers with a shaman-turned-activist wanted for terrorism in Chile. But a series of suspicious accidents leads Daniel to

Overview

In Washington, the cherry trees didn't bloom.
Daniel Frost is recruited by Homeland Security to investigate fellow botanist Alia Kerrigan as the bioterrorist responsible for this attack.
Alia is linked to environmental radicals, and is lovers with a shaman-turned-activist wanted for terrorism in Chile. But a series of suspicious accidents leads Daniel to question the influence of the Nonsantis Corporation within Homeland Security.
Alia and other 'radical' scientists discover the truth-a gene-modifying 'accident' created a virus that turns off trees' ability to bloom. The virus threatens to destroy food crops worldwide--except crops genetically modified by Nonsantis.
Inside the trees' genes lies a code that can defeat the mutation, if Alia can communicate this defense to the trees before Daniel's dragnet finds her. Alia has to trust unlikely and mysterious allies and leap beyond the tools of science to take the bold and dangerous path of the untrained shaman.

Karen Lawson is an ecopsychologist, studying the unconscious relationship between people and the rest of the natural world. She was raised in San Francisco and Japan, and earned her doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in the mountains of Far Northern California in an off-grid cabin in the woods. She and her neighbors confer frequently with the trees, often about not falling on the house.

Author's note:

Many people know that about sixty-five million years ago, the dinosaurs went extinct, possibly because the earth's atmosphere went dark due to volcanic or asteroid dust.
If it was that bad for dinosaurs, how did any plants survive? They live on light.
The genomic record carried in any plant shows that about sixty-five million years ago plants showed an explosion of retrotransposon activity. What are retrotransposons? They are the mobile elements in the plant genome, nick-named "jumping genes", which recently have been shown not to be useless "junk genes" but rather used as "spare parts" with which the plant repairs itself and cleans up genetic errors which might lead to mutation. Is that how they got themselves through the darkening of the earth, changing their own genetics?
That's the science. The novel is the dream that spun out from there. In the two years since I started the novel, science continues to evolve on this topic. I am pleased that it is accelerating in the same direction as my fictional speculation.

As Arthur C. Clarke said, "Magic is just science we don't understand yet."

I will keep you posted at www.fogdrip.com.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432786878
Publisher:
Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date:
07/10/2012
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

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