The author of Names on the Land returns with a thrilling, innovative novel about the interplay between nature and humanity.
George R. Stewart created a new genre of fiction with Storm, which was first published in 1941. When a ship reports an unusual barometric reading from the far western Pacific, California is plunged into drought for the summer and fall. A junior meteorologist with the Weather Bureau in San Francisco notices the anomaly and plots “an incipient little whorl” on the weather map, which he suspects is a developing storm that he has dubbed Maria. Through the eyes of meteorologists, linemen, snowplow operators, a general, a couple of decamping lovebirds, and an unlucky owl, Stewart's novel follows Maria's progress to and beyond the United States' shores, and the storm, surging and ebbing, will bring long-needed rain, flooded roads, deep snows, accidents, and death. Storm is a sprawling epic about humanity's relationship with and reliance on nature.... Read More