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Douglas E. Congdon grew up in New Jersey, went to college in New York, and became a Hemingway wannabe when he read "A Moveable Feast" while serving in the Navy. Fifty years and two novels later, the Nobel is proving elusive. But the grandkids call him Papa, so that's some solace.

But, seriously, there's more difference than the quality of the writing. While Hemingway found inspiration in the cafés of Paris and the bull rings of Pamplona, Congdon's interests are closer to those of H.G. Wells and his classic work, "The Time Machine" - though not 800,000 years in the future. Rather, Congdon's two novels ("Heat 30:1" and its sequel, "Above Sea Level") speculate about life on a climate-changed Earth during the next 30 years. He imagines what life
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Above Sea Level

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Heat: 30:1

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2015
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Kirkus Review of Above Sea Level

"A man seeks vengeance for the death of his father in a climate change-ravaged Kansas in this dystopian sequel. . . . The characters, setting, and mood are all highly enjoyable. This is an ecologically minded vision of the future that isn't all doom and gloom. . . . An entertaining mystery set in an intriguing near future." -- Kirkus Reviews
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Dramatic changes in the climate and government lead to the Transition. This will be depicted in greater detail in my next novel, with setting in the 2030s between the time of Heat 30:1 and Above Sea Level.
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The writing is excellent and the characters are well drawn, but the plot is vague on the event that the characters are experiencing. Reminded me of the "The Day the Earth Stood Still" movie in the 1950s. Short, novella length. ...more
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“Michael decided to search his 'feelings' later and see what lurked in his programs, what emotions he shared with humans. For now, he would continue to act as his human peers did, so he bowed his head when the minister said a prayer. She was talking to God – now there was a good place to start his search.”
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“Daniel always assumed the worst, at first. Sally called it paranoia, but he liked to think he was just being careful. He learned that from his father, who would sometimes say 'evil often smiles' when lecturing Daniel on how much he could trust others.”
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“Daniel always assumed the worst, at first. Sally called it paranoia, but he liked to think he was just being careful. He learned that from his father, who would sometimes say 'evil often smiles' when lecturing Daniel on how much he could trust others.”
Douglas E. Congdon, Above Sea Level

“Michael decided to search his 'feelings' later and see what lurked in his programs, what emotions he shared with humans. For now, he would continue to act as his human peers did, so he bowed his head when the minister said a prayer. She was talking to God – now there was a good place to start his search.”
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