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“An imaginative and thought-provoking look at life in California 16,000 years in the future after a global pandemic and environmental catastrophe in 2021.”
–San Francisco Chronicle
“A remarkable work of ecological science fiction.”
“The days I spent readingThe Great Bay: Chronicles of the Collapseby Dale Pendell were uneasy ones… Perhaps Dale Pendell's gripping, chilling, and utterly believable fictional account of future life on earth will make all of us stop and think about what we want the future to look like. We don't want our worst nightmares to come true.”
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“In the tradition of J.M. Coetzee and Cormac McCarthy, Pendell's award-winning writing proves sophisticated and literary, raising critical questions for the future of humanity and the planet as it brings a startling contribution to the environmental concerns of the day.”
–The Union
“This is an amazing novel…it’s impossible to read and not do a lot of thinking about the future, as well as what we need to do about it – right now.”
David Wilk, WritersCast

“A light boat, sailing across a broad bay, with the tops of ancient skyscrapers deep below. Our western North American world, hundreds and then thousands of years into the future. Dozens of remarkable stories, in the unfolding ecologies of post collapse, post climate change. Civilizations and technologies die or are lost, but human ingenuity–families, tribes, and villages, the musicians, shamans, philosophers, and people of power–live on.”
–Gary Snyder, poet,Mountains and Rivers Without End

The Great Bayis an extraordinary book that thrives at the intersection of dystopian imagination and planet-scale history...A wise, cunning, and important book.”
Steve Silberman, Contributing Editor,Wired

“This is a winner of the best of Science Fiction award from the Green Book Festival and it's easy to see why. It's a book of incredible scope and storytelling...I found it completely engrossing.”
Robert Phoenix, The Daily Farcast

“Utterly fascinating and alternately horrifying and deeply moving.”
–Gayle Wattawa, ed.,Inlandia: A Literary Journey Through California’s Inland Empire

The Great Bayis the perfect light post-apocalyptic novel for summer beach reading."
–Restoring Paradise
The Great Bayis a wonderful addition to the subgenre of post-apocalyptic novels set in California...Pendell manages to communicate a wry earth wisdom and pragmatic DIY optimism about the big bummer that may very well lie ahead.”

“I rate this book easily five of five stars; quite simply it is one of the best science fiction books of 2010.”
–Alternating Reality Books
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ISBN-10:  1556438958
ISBN-13:  978-1556438950
Author:  Dale Pendell
Publisher:  North Atlantic Books
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review by . October 09, 2010
This entry in the post-apocalypse genre has a slight twist. The story traces the "world after" for several millennia, describing not only the devastation of the collapse and its immediate aftermath, but the healing process that the planet and its human population go through over a span of ten thousand or so years. Contemporary authors tend to make plague the cause of their sci-fi collapses, rather than the standard 1960s nuclear war, and this is the case in The Great Bay. Coupled with …
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