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Description: Ex-military Mike Kendeil travels to a beach house on North Carolina’s dissolving Outer Banks to help his grandmother, Florence Trudeau, rescue heirlooms from the swelling ocean. With a monster hurricane at their back and the contentious 2040 presidential election just a few weeks ahead, the two drive their loaded wagon home on a days-long journey to the Washington, DC suburbs.
In 2040, America has one foot back in the nineteenth century and the other in the twenty-first as the costs of fuel and electric vehicles rise beyond the means of most people, forcing them to either walk or use older, simpler modes of travel. High-tech communications—including VNET (the post-Internet virtual reality system)—form the social glue that holds the ragged nation together, also feeding escapism from the difficult conditions of everyday life. Meanwhile, a small number of oligarchs enjoy fabulous wealth, power, and mobility.
“Crisp, fast-paced, and uncomfortably plausible, Ralph Meima’s new novel Fossil Nation is the first in a new series set in a crumbling, dysfunctional United States of the not too distant future. Readers who want something more interesting and challenging than one more helping of yesterday’s futures will find Meima's narrative well worth their time.” - John Michael Greer, author of Star’s Reach and Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush: The Best of the Archdruid Report
“Inter States is a richly imagined look at a future in which the United States of Empire is unraveling, and Vermonters mobilize to create a more sustainable world in the midst of collapse. Author Ralph Meima’s prescient vision is a must-read for anyone interested in what our future may hold.” - Dr. Rob Williams, Publisher, 2VR.org
“I finally got round to opening up your online novel. What a treat and what a distraction! I was immediately gripped.” - Barbara Heinzen, author of Feeling for Stones: Learning & Intervention When Facing The Unknown and Coordinator of the Barbets Duet, an experiment in systemic invention.
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