Global catastrophes are events that could severely cripple or destroy the foundations of civilization. Potential global catastrophes include nuclear winter, large asteroid impacts, super-volcanic eruptions, and pandemics. Humans may not necessarily become extinct under such scenarios, but, without adequate advance preparation, rebuilding civilization following such a catastrophe could prove difficult.

In a paper published in a special issue of the journal Futures, my co-authors and I present several concepts of “Isolated refuges for surviving global catastrophes.” Although catastrophic events could destroy a significant portion of the human population, isolated refuges would provide a way to protect a small group of humans so that they survive long enough to rebuild civilization. We discuss several factors that are critical for ensuring the success of a refuge, including self-sufficiency, a continuous population, secrecy, and adequate monitoring of the outside world.

We also discuss the concept of surface-independence, suggesting that an underground, underwater, or space-based refuge might provide the greatest protection of its inhabitants from the effects of global catastrophes. Any of these refuges could significantly make the human species more resilient to catastrophic threats. Space-based refuges provide an exceptional degree of isolation from Earth, and the cost of such an extraterrestrial refuge might be best “piggybacked” onto existing scientific endeavors that seek to establish a permanent presence on the moon or elsewhere in space.

I’m a bit late on the updates this time, but I figured I’d still list our show dates for posterity.

Sep 5 – Mysterytrain @ Peace of Mind 5 (Elizabethville, PA)

Oct 2 – Mysterytrain @ Duck Duck Goose Family Campout 3 (Northumberland, PA)

Oct 3 – Mysterytrain @ Froggy Daze 2 (Narrowsburg, NY)

Nov 14 – Mysterytrain @ City Jam II (Reading, PA)

City Jam was lots of fun, and hopefully we’ll find ourselves back this winter. In the meantime, check out the newly-redesigned Mysterytrain website!

My new book Noah’s Raven is now available for purchase from Amazon!

A future-set novel written in two alternating parts, Noah’s Raven is the story of Maddie Scarlet, a thrill-seeker on the edge of destruction, and Ezra Miller, an Amish farmer who turns his faith toward astronomy. Their parallel journeys ignite one of the most radical events in human history.

With a forward by Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy, Noah’s Raven is a “startling and moving” narrative that I hope you will enjoy and share.

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July/August Shows

A bit of a break in July, as our bass player and his wife recently had a new baby! We’re very excited for them but also looking forward to getting back into the music season.

Jul 30 to Aug 2 – Mysterytrain @ The Looney Moon Festival (White Haven, PA)

Aug 6 to 10 – Mysterytrain @ Bear’s Picnic (Roaring Branch, PA)

Aug 28 to 30 – Mysterytrain @ WIZ Fest (Afton, NY)

Looney Moon has been moved to Sandy Valley campground, which provides a nice change of venue from our usual spot at Sunsational. We’re looking forward to our upcoming show in New York as well, and Bear’s Picnic is always a good time.

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