CREATING A SETTING: ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE (REGINA SHEN) by Lance Erlick

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           The Regina Shen series takes place after abrupt climate change has altered the world with rising seas and flooded coastlines. In fact, a working title for the story was the Atlantis Effect, referring to a sunken civilization and lost history.
Climate history shows us that there are cycles of warming and cooling that have taken place over the Earth’s long past. There was a warming period 400,000 years ago and then again 130,000 years ago with colder periods in between. We can argue the extent to which humans are accelerating a recent warming period with the burning of fossil fuels, but there can be no denying that even before human involvement, the Earth’s temperatures and climate have radically changed.
As an example, 10,000 years ago there were glaciers covering much of Europe and North America. At that time, North Africa had lush gardens. Then, the glaciers melted and North Africa turned into the Sahara desert. That took thousands of years, but with humans increasing the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, changes could happen much faster.
During the last warming period, sea levels were ten to twenty feet higher than today, which would cause severe flooding for most coastal cities around the world. However, if greenhouse gasses increased to the point that we melted all of the Antarctic and Greenland glaciers, sea levels could rise 240 feet, which would submerge large sections of the United States. In addition, shifting water from the frozen glaciers over Antarctica and Greenland to the oceans across with world will change the distribution of mass of the Earth. That will likely lead to further climate and geological changes. The Regina Shen series assumes that happens.
With the heavily flooded coastlines, Regina and her sister outcasts salvage from the depths for items to barter for survival. As part of this, she uncovers forbidden print books from before the Federation that give her an edge in her struggle to survive.

Link to my review: Resilience


Lance Erlick writes character-driven, action-packed, science fiction thrillers full of twists and turns. He likes to explore intriguing worlds with mostly strong female characters you can relate to, as they are thrust into extraordinary situations. He hopes readers will enjoy his writing as they follow these people overcoming hurdles for those they love.Bio Credit Including Picture

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