In his new book, “The Heatstroke Line,” Edward Rubin explores an America ravaged by the disastrous effects of climate change. Coastal cities have become uninhabitable, sweltering heat devastates the interior and an ensuing civil war has broken the nation into smaller successor states and dozens of tiny principalities. Canada, where the climate remains tolerable, dominates the fractured remnants of the former United States.
Amid the chaos, scientist Daniel Danten ventures into the region below the Heatstroke Line (the former Southern states) to investigate the source of flesh-eating insects that afflict the remaining population there and threaten to invade the remainder of the country. The bizarre and brutal people he encounters when he is taken prisoner reveal the real horror that this environmental disaster has produced.
“We need to realize that climate change will have catastrophic effects on our own country,” said Rubin. “It’s not a remote problem, in either space or time.”
“The Heatstroke Line” stands apart from other global warming “cli-fi” novels by depicting an imaginable future, where modern homes, governments, schools and political conflicts still exist. The intent is to avoid the usual tropes of post-apocalyptic fiction, and confront the reality of climate change in a manner that will motivate believers to action and persuade climate change deniers to rethink their position.
Rubin was inspired to write “The Heatstroke Line” after a conversation with a colleague who shared his frustration with the apathy and opposition regarding climate change. The goal of his new book is to provide an engaging and entertaining story that induces people to think seriously about the impending disaster.
“The Heatstroke Line” is available on Amazon and Sunbury Press in both Kindle and hardcover editions. To learn more about Rubin’s “The Heatstroke Line” and his many other publications, visit http://www.edwardrubin.com/.
About Edward Rubin
Edward Rubin is University Professor of Law and Political Science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Previously, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and served as Dean at Vanderbilt Law School. He writes about modern government, constitutional law and legal theory and has served as a consultant on administrative law to the People’s Republic of China. Other books by Rubin include Soul, Self, and Society (Oxford, 2015), a study of the relationship between government and private morality, Federalism: Political Identity and Tragic Compromise (Michigan, 2011), and Beyond Camelot: Rethinking Politics and Law for the Modern State (Princeton 2005) Visit http://www.edwardrubin.com/ to learn more.