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Author Archive: "Craig Childs"

Apocalyptic Planet

Writing Apocalyptic Planet, I traveled to some of the most severe landscapes on earth. I relied on these places to tell the story of dramatic changes, revealing what this world is capable of. The first chapter was a multiweek foot trek across a sand-dune sea in Sonora, Mexico, in the heart of a seven-year drought. Along the way, my companion, Devin, and I came upon an abandoned ranch. I didn't actually write about the ranch in the book, but what we found there represents what this book is truly about: hope in the most despairing circumstances.

We walked for the bent metal windmill on the horizon, arriving to find a gate around the ranch closed with a loop of baling wire. Devin pried it off and opened enough space for us to step through. He turned to lash it closed. Inside, the ranch wasn't much, an old pozo, a well I imagined had dried up long ago. We entered a cluster of sand-pelted outbuildings, a clearing where you could have pulled in a few trucks and a trailer. Every wooden post was cornered with sand blown in from ...

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