Carbon Dreams by Susan M. Gaines.
"Skillfully written and deftly plotted, this novel of science set in the
early 1980s is unexpectedly compelling."
At an oceanography institute in northern California, geochemist Tina Arenas studies climates of the
distant geologic past. Heedless of life beyond her circle of scientists, Tina is immersed in a world of
dinosaurs and shifting continents, where time is measured in ten-million-year spans—but when both
her research and an extracurricular love affair take off in directions she has not anticipated, she is
catapulted into the late twentieth century world of people and politics.
Set in the early 1980s, when the problem of global warming had yet to garner much public concern,
Carbon Dreams tells the story of one scientist's struggle to come to terms with her conflicting
responsibilities to science and to society.
From the Inside Flap:
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR "CARBON DREAMS"
“At last, a book that integrates authentic scientific inquiry with the character-driven magic of good
literary fiction. In her remarkable debut novel, Susan Gaines fascinates with her lucid and thorough
understanding of ancient geological mysteries, while simultaneously engaging us with the
all-too-human, often paradoxical world of modern-day academia. A captivating story that places
romantic love side-by-side with the love of sublime ideas.” Frederick Reiken, Author of "The Odd
Sea" and "The Lost Legends of New Jersey"
“Carbon Dreams is more than a novel, it’s also a profound education in earth science. To read it is
to be carried deep into the mind of a young scientist, and just as deep into the mysteries of global
warming phenomena past and future. The most detailed technical discussions become matters of
suspense.” Louis B. Jones, Author of "Ordinary Money", "Particles and Luck",and "California's
“A highly engrossing examination of scientific inquiry.... Just as the best historical fiction affords us a
better understanding of both history and humanity, so this remarkable book rewards us with a
deeper appreciation of geology and oceanography at the same time that we’re engaged with a
young woman scientist’s personal and ethical dilemmas.... With this particular blend of fiction and
science Susan Gaines comes thrillingly close to inventing a fascinating new genre." Jean Hegland,
Author of "Into the Forest"
About the Author:
Susan Gaines's short stories have been published in various literary magazines, twice nominated for
the Pushcart Prize, and selected for the anthologies "Best of the West" and "Sacred Ground:
Writings About Home." She holds degrees in chemistry and oceanography. Currently at work on
another novel, she divides her time between northern California and Uruguay.