“My goal was to write a piece of entertainment with good science,” says celebrated TV weather watcher Glenn Schwartz of his debut novel “The Weathermaker.”
For Glenn, based in Philadelphia, writing a cli-fi novel about the weather came easy. He’s a certified broadcast meteorologist who has done the weather on TV for 40 year. His specialty has been in forecasting and severe weather, especially hurricanes. And guess what? His book is written under the byline of Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz. More on the nickname at the end of this post.
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At this time in American history when climate change issues are on TV and in newspaper headlines every day, the book is a very timely novel.
A 200-page paperback, which I helped shepherd to a top publisher in the USA two years ago after Glenn sent me his manuscript by email, goes something like this: “The main character’s father warned him not to do it. Neil Stephenson can control the weather — but should he? He is already a rising star TV meteorologist in Baltimore. During a snowstorm that isn’t producing as much snow as predicted, Neil discovers his gift: he can make the snow increase or decrease and make it start or stop raining.”
How’s that for a hook? You won’t want to stop reading once you start. I’ve known the author for two years when I helped him find a publisher. I recommended Sunbury Press in Pennsylvania and publisher Lawrence Knorr took Schwartz’s book on.
The added bonus to this quirky, engaging novel is that the author is a professional TV meteorologist, and ”the science,” as Greta Thunberg likes to say, is accurate. In addition, 40 years as a TV weatherman has given Glenn a lot of “inside TV news” stories.
When I was asked to write a blurb for the novel in my capacity as editor of The Cli-Fi Report, I said: “This is both a cli-fi thriller and a who-dun-it, written by a professional TV meteorologist. In this age of eco-anxiety over floods, droughts and hurricanes, this novel is both a gripping read and an entertaining wake up call.”
People are fascinated by meteorological phenomena, and Schwartz has taken explaining extreme weather to another level. Climate science journalists like Andy Revkin, Sarah Kaplan, Emily Atkin and Andrew Freedman will love this book. Art mirrors life.
Even acclaimed climate scientist Michael E. Mann read the book and said: “It’s been said that everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. Well, in ”The Weathermaker,” however, Philadelphia’s legendary TV meteorologist Glenn Schwartz spins an entertaining yarn about a meteorologist who does indeed do something about the weather. And in the process, he tells a cautionary tale about the threats posed both by human-caused climate change and perilous ‘geoengineering’ quick fixes that have been proposed to deal with it.”
About that nickname? Glenn told me that he got it in New York City after a TV anchor saw a video of him being blown around during one of his hurricane chases many years ago.