Post Shark Week, we bring you more terror : The Tsunami that reshaped America by James W. Mercer

The Tsunami that reshaped America Not Sharknado, Sharkalanche, or Sharknami, this new James Mercer book is about another disaster that will change the course of history. Geologist Mark Malloy is kidnapped by a militia which hopes to use Malloy’s skills to create a mega tsunami that will destroy the American government as we know it. Malloy defies coercion, but can he hold out against the militia until his wife and a renegade FBI agent can rescue him?

The Tsunami that reshaped America is the third Mark Malloy book and is a new arrival to the Geology Library. We also have  The scrolls : the missing eighteen years and The volcano that changed the world.

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The Complete Cave Trilogy by Mike Phoenix

Village of the Invalids

Part Three: Village of the Invalids by Mike Phoenix

The Complete Cave Trilogy : exploration and exploitation of Mammoth Cave in the 19th century by Mike Phoenix, is one of a handful of fictionalized accounts of Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave and its renowned explorer and guide, Stephen Bishop. Part One: A Peculiar Education covers; Part Two: Between Worlds; Part Three: The Village of the Invalids.

For those of you unfamiliar with Mammoth Cave, the cave has a varied history as a saltpeter mine, hideout, hospital, national park, and home to endangered animals, but is also an example of the tradition of cave exploration and stewardship by African Americans.

Visit the Walter Geology Library and see our display of Mammoth Cave books and popular cave tours!

Mike Phoenix has another set of books- The Complete Jesus in Space Trilogy. The icon for Jesus in Space is a Jesus fish, head turned upward, like a rocket blasting off into space.


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Before asteroids hit the earth…

Last Policeman

Last Policeman by Ben Winters

… you should read the Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters.  The final installment, World of Trouble, was published this summer. The Last Policeman introduces Detective Hank Palace who continues to solve crimes even though asteroid 2011GV1 is due to annihilate the earth as we know it in six months.


If you’re not familiar with Ben H. Winters, he has an eclectic body of work, ranging from middle-school mysteries (The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman) to classic embellishments (Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters) to horror (Bedbugs).

Read this summer! We’ve been regularly adding to our GeoFiction reading lists and will soon highlight books for the caver in you.

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Where in the World Contest : November 2013

Earth PuzzleYou still have time to enter our Where in the World contest! Each day this week, we’ve posted a new photo of this mystery location. Identify the location and win a mystery prize! Visit the Geology Library and look at the 5 photos on our bulletin board.

Send your answer to

To be eligible to win, you must be a UT student. In the case of a tie, the most detailed answer, including place names, formation names, coordinates, or description of the imagery, will win. Deadline is December 2, 2013.


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You Are Here: ¡Viva Tequila!

You Are Here ¡Viva Tequila!

Event: “You Are Here: ¡Viva Tequila!” This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

When: 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 4.

Where: Benson Latin American Collection, Sid Richardson Hall (SRH) 1.108, The University of Texas at Austin.

Background: The University of Texas Libraries, along with the University of Texas Press, is presenting an event highlighting the historic maps of Mexico’s agave-rich western region contained in the collections of the Benson Latin American Collection.

Terroir meets territory as the second installment in the Libraries’ cartography series — “You Are Here: ¡Viva Tequila!” — focuses on the crossroads of historic and contemporary culture of Mexico and its tequila.

Lucinda Hutson, author of the UT Press-published ¡Viva Tequila!, will talk about the history of the region and the rise of Mexico’s most notable contribution to the world of distilled spirits, and attendees will view historical maps of Mexico from the Benson’s collection to help place the story of tequila into geographical context.

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You Are Here : Austin Represent

Maps at Geology LibrarySave the date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, from 11:30-1:30! We are starting a new series, You Are Here, showcasing maps across campus. Our first one will be in the PCL Map room with an exhibit of Austin Maps.

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Where in the World Contest : August 2013

Earth PuzzleIdentify a mystery photo and win a mystery gift certificate! Visit the Geology Library and look at the photo on our bulletin board.

Send your answer to

To be eligible to win, you must be a UT student. In the case of a tie, the most detailed answer, including place names, formation names, coordinates, or description of the imagery, will win. Deadline is September 9, 2013.

We’ll offer a “where in the world” mystery image contest once a month.

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Demon duck of doom!

MegafaunaI wish that I had come up with the nickname for Bullockornis planei, an extinct flightless bird, but I didn’t. Speaking of megafauna from a different part of the world, the Geology Library recently added Megafauna : giant beasts of Pleistocene South America by Richard A. Fariña, Sergio F. Vizcaíno, and Gerry De Iuliis at call number QE  881 M475 2013 Geology Library.

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More extinct, revived, rediscovered, time-traveling creatures!

Megalodon JawsDinosaurs are not the only extinct creatures to capture the imagination in geoscience fiction. We have strange sharks, birds, and cats! Plus some plesiosaurs and marine reptiles! Here are some more cryptozoological thrillers:

Megalodons or Ginormous Extinct Sharks:

The ARC by Paul Rudd
Meg series by Steve Alten
Extinct by Charles Wilson
Megalodon Lives by Flash Rex
Monster Shark: Umira the Accursed by Stephen D. Sullivan
Midnight Sea by B. Luciano Barsuglia
The Pacifica by C.M. Loomis
Titanic QED by Catt Dahman
Megalodon by Robin Brown

Smilodons or Sabre-toothed tigers:

Smilodon by Alan Nayes
Fatalis by Jeff Rovin
The Valley by William Meikle (featuring other prehistoric creatures)


The Flock by James Robert Smith

Marine creatures:

The Crater by David D. Holt
Loch Ness by Donovan Galway
Monster: a tale of Loch Ness by Jeffrey Konvitz
Liopleurodon King of the Carnivores by Michael Zucker

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Dinosaur Thrills!

When I first started compiling a list of fiction related to geoscience, I had no idea how many fictional dinosaur books there were nor how many common ways authors found of introducing dinosaurs into the story to thrill readers. Here’s how some authors brought dinosaurs to life, with example titles. Beware, there are many thematic cross-overs!Dinosaur

Dinosaur point-of-view

These stories are told from the dinosaur’s perspective and may or may not include interactions with humans. This category includes the possibility that dinosaurs are aliens or that aliens are dinosaurs.

Raptor Red by Robert Bakker
Dinosaur Wars by Thomas Hopp
Far-Seer by Robert J. Sawyer
Fossil Hunter by Robert J. Sawyer
Foreigner by Robert J. Sawyer

Re-discovered dinosaurs

Dinosaurs never died out completely. Some dinosaurs lived on in hard-to-find places or evolved into something unexpected.

Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear
The Land that Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
West of Eden by Harry Harrison
Winter in Eden by Harry Harrison
Return to Eden by Harry Harrison
Dinosaur Planet by Anne McCaffrey
Dinosaur Planet Survivors by Anne McCaffrey

Revived dinosaurs

Scientists decided it was a good idea to recreate some of the most terrifying creatures that ever roamed the earth.

Carnivore by Leigh Clark
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Bone Wars by Brett Davis
Two Tiny Claws by Brett Davis
Carnosaur by Harry Adam Knight

Time-warp loopholes

Humans travel back in time, dinosaurs travel forward in time, or a rift in the fabric of the time-space continuum causes a jumbled timeline that has dinosaurs and humans existing at the same time.

Footprints of Thunder by James F. David
Dinosaur Thunder  by James F. David
Thunder of Time  by James F. David
Cretaceous Dawn by Lisa M. Graziano
Hell Creek by Lisa M. Graziano
Cretaceous Sea by Will Hubble
Sea of Time by Will Hubble
Safari World by Dale Martin
End of an Era by Robert J. Sawyer
The Dechronization of Sam Magruder by George Gaylord Simpson
Bones of the Earth by Michael Swanwick

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