Monday, May 14, 2007

The Long Decline: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age

I'm pleased to announce that the ideas I've been discussing in this blog will be finding their way into a more durable medium next year. I've just signed with New Society Publishers , the publishers of Richard Heinberg's The Party's Over and Powerdown (among other excellent books). The book's working title is The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age, and the tentative release date is fall 2008. Expect to see many of the same themes I've discussed here covered in much more detail, along with some entirely new material. Updates will appear here from time to time. We now return you to your regularly scheduled process of catabolic collapse...

12 comments:

David said...

Congratulations! Couldn't happen to a nicer druid ;-)

I'll be buying that one, so bring it on!!

David

Weaseldog said...

That's good news!

Its amazing to me that we've come this far in getting the message out. In 1999, when I first started writing heratical pieces about how the decline would be punctuated by a cyclic rise and fall of prices, I was attacked by both sides of the debate.

Mostly because it undermines the foundations of the theory in renewable energy investments. You know the arguments, like if oil reaches $14 barrel, we all go solar, or $20 / barrel, or $25 barrel...

And its turned out, through experience that oil prices are naturally cyclic, driven by supply and demand. the more people that explain this and understand it, the better we can all prepare for this sort of crisis.

Mark said...

Well done John, look forward to reading it ;)

Barry said...

Another "Congratulations!"

Your writing makes more 'common sense' than just about anything I've seen.

mgcardin said...

Wonderful news, John, and congratulations. I had actually been hoping that such news was forthcoming, since the things you've been writing here at The Archdruid Report deserve to be preserved in a much more enduring form than the digital aether of the Internet. I'll definitely be in line to buy a copy of The Long Descent.

John Michael Greer said...

Thank you all for the encouragement! I'll be posting updates as we get closer to press time.

Matt said...

If I may say so: Hell yeah.

LizM said...

Congratulations. I look foward to seeing the book, and will suggest that my local library purchase it.

I've sworn off buying books. Sorry.

Mauricio Babilonia said...

Congratulations, John. I look forward to reading it...

Erik said...

Excellent! And the JMG section of my shelf will keep growing... :)

Seaweed_Shark said...

Congrats. You have a fine writing style and I'm sure the book will make a great contribution. I hope the "user's guide" aspect of the provisional title means that you're going to give some space to practical resources and approaches for building survival based communities. All the best!

Chaos said...

Congratulations...well deserved. Sounds like a keeper