Verdant Skies


cover of Verdant SkiesVerdant Skies

Catastrophe triggers the next stage of human exploration!

An eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera creates an environmental disaster, and drives Earth’s desperate residents to seek refuge with the four city-satellites in Earth orbit. But on the satellite Verdant, while the command staff resists a forced occupation by a population it cannot hold, a small faction has a plan of its own… a plan that will alter the destiny of the human race!

Praise to the skies… for Verdant Skies!

“Steven Lyle Jordan has written a page-turning adventure that, unfortunately, doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility… It was a difficult book to put down… It’s the kind of science fiction that could truly become our reality down the road.” (Read the full review on

“Once the tension escalated to a certain level I found that pages almost turned by themselves and small chunks of time escaped me completely. I love being lost in a book this way, so I’m pleased to have had this experience with Verdant Skies.” (Read the full review on Papyrus.)

I need to re-read Verdant Skies. It is two parts Bova and one part Clarke. And 100% Jordan.

“A fantastic read that ended far too soon!”

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Verdant Skies features one of my favorite ideas, the concept of an orbiting habitat that simulates life on Earth as close as possible.  In this story, rampant environmental problems, exacerbated by global warming and overpopulation, prompt the U.N. and world governments to build satellites in orbit for the bulk of the human population to live on, the idea being that small numbers of humans could stay in Earth-bound facilities and continue to farm, mine and otherwise draw on the world’s resources for the human population, while leaving a much smaller footprint thanks to the evacuation of the population.

The villain of this story is the Yellowstone Caldera, and details based on actual scientific findings. Geological evidence has suggested that the Caldera, and others like it on Earth, have a habit of erupting and re-erupting on a regular basis, and creating havoc in their wake. The theory of a meteor strike that killed the dinosaurs is already being looked at in a new light, as it’s been discovered that a caldera similar to the Yellowstone, but much larger, erupted in the volcanic ranges west of the Indian regions. It is now suspected that it was this eruption that began the ruination the global climate, and the slow extinction of the dinosaurs. The meteor, it is now believed, merely helped speed up an already-established process and a foregone conclusion.

The Yellowstone Caldera has had numerous eruptions of its own in the past, with an approximately regular period of time between eruptions. If it follows its established pattern and erupts again, it could obliterate entire states, and render much of the Midwest uninhabitable for the foreseeable future. It could also spew an ash cloud that would eventually reach around the globe, causing runaway weather alterations and events that could be disastrous. Such an event could trigger worldwide loss of agriculture, long-term health risks, heavy loss of life, severe damage to the overall ecosystem, and a speeding-up of the global warming process. In other words, it’s not a good time to look forward to.
And scientists studying the Yellowstone site now provide chilling evidence that today, the Caldera is a few thousand years overdue to erupt… in other words, it could go at literally any time. Mankind has been watching the skies for its eventual downfall, sure that it was a meteor that has our name on it. But a statistically-more-certain disaster is likely to happen first. If mankind’s days are numbered, our end may not come from without, but from within.

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