Lawrence L. Lapin
It is amazing how ancient cities became buried, lost, and rediscovered. Burrowing animals are responsible for much of that, especially gophers.
Those hamster-sized animals dig tunnels in the soil, bringing mouthfuls of dirt and small rocks to the surface. Heavier surface solids remain in place and become covered—inch-by-inch—with accumulations of dug-up dirt. As burrowers’ hollows collapse, heavy items tend to rest at the bottom.
After dozens of generations of burrowers have continued their handiwork, bricks and paving stones would lay buried under many feet of soft dirt. Gophers would have lots of help from other diggers, including ants, termites, and worms, as well as other mammals like squirrels and moles.
That is just one way that cities might disappear. Wind driven dirt and dust tends to collect beside rises, such as walls, and those abandoned places eventually will become held in place by plants. Trees may actually grow over and around walls, obscuring the underlying construction. Over hundreds of years, tree roots are known to have collapsed the strongest stone or concrete walls.
My story in Adam’s Tiger places long-lived superhero Adam Boatwright 500 years into the future. Whatever remained of Earth’s original great cities after the devastating encounter with a piece of comet Icarus would have become buried. In the first fifty or so years after the meteor, most buildings in any pre-meteor city would have been in some stage of collapse. Even high rises eventually would ultimately fall and decompose into piles of powdered cement and rust, to be reclaimed by nature as plant soil. The only evidence of most former towns would be debris mounds, covered by vegetation and teeming with life.
You can find out more about this ultimate survival tale in Adam’s Tiger.
Book III of Adam’s Chronicles moves 500 years into the future. Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to bring back animals and plants—and mankind itself—is nearing its conclusion.
Humans make a small footprint in this renewed world, though ecological disaster is expected from explosive population growth. Changes are in the works, troubles are brewing, and Adam Boatwright worries about the future.
The long-lived geneticist vows to discourage mankind from again ruining the planet. He also takes on a new goal: to make life more robust while improving the platform for future evolution. In doing so, he would bring back animals driven to extinction by early humans, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats.
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The Adam’s Chronicles Series
Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.
The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.
All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.
What Others Say About This Series
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Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin’s novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations—Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.
Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.
A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.