Meanwhile, Back on Planet Earth is the story of renegade Astronaut Rodney Thibodeaux's unshakable belief that humans are children of the Earth and his quest to inspire the world, against great odds, to save the planet and humanity. Thibodeaux's heartfelt conviction that the Earth is a living being in alarming danger succeeds in drawing the impassioned support of millions of concerned people around the globe as he fends off reactionary threats from the lunatic fringe.
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Earl Morrogh is a writer, designer, and educator who has studied and worked for 30 years in several fields including architectural and visual design, multimedia design, communications, and education. Morrogh is a Florida State University alumnus and holds an undergraduate degree in sociology with a minor in architecture and a master’s degree in mass communication with a specialization in interactive communications. Earl Morrogh and his wife, Judye McCalman, reside in rural North Florida. There, for over thirty years, they haved lived close to the land in an energy efficient home built with their own hands, and enjoyed a bounty of whole food grown in their organic garden. Early in their lives, both were inspired to live the "good life" by the writings of Scott and Helen Nearing and Robert Rodale. To learn more visit: http://emorrogh.com.Review:
An astronaut commits a bold act of insubordination to help advance his message of conservation.
During a 24-hour lull in a space mission, shuttle astronaut Rodney Thibodeaux takes a carefully controlled dose of the drug Ecstasy, partly to combat the ennui that has crept into his life over time. While under the influence, he sees the Earth in all its glory, and comes to the conclusion that the planet is speaking to him, warning of the dire consequences of humankind's irresponsible treatment of the environment. He decides he must do something dramatic to capture the attention of the human race, so he initiates an unscheduled and unsanctioned re-entry. This act makes him an instant celebrity, and the resulting headlines catch the eye of chicken baron Will Brighton, who uses his considerable fortune to help Thibodeaux advance his message to humanity. They form a pro-Earth foundation and secular "church," dedicated to raising awareness of what Thibodeaux sees as an impending environmental crisis. Unfortunately, Rodney and Will's advocacy also catches the attention of a fundamentalist militia member, who sets out to disrupt their plans. And when Rodney and Will decide to promote their cause through a Russian-sponsored tourist trip to the moon, they're caught in the center of a raging political firestorm. As self-described "eco-fiction," this book has a clear agenda, which it pushes without coming across as preachy. The prose here is simple but solid, and the plot arcs gracefully for much of the book, although its climax is lacking in real dramatic tension. Most characters are believable, with the possible exception of Thibodeaux, who is a little too squeaky clean to be real. Still, for ecoadvocacy disguised as entertainment, this is solid.
A lecture-free and entertaining pro-conservation message. -- Kirkus Discoveries
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Book Description BookSurge Publishing, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1419670409