I met Lawrence E. Joseph at his home in Malibu. This was my first time driving up the Pacific Coast Highway, and I couldn’t help thinking it looked just as I imagined based solely on childhood memories of The A-Team and CHiPs. The beauty of the coastline contrasted dramatically with the natural disasters so common to this city, a peculiar environment of lurking mudslides and wildfires, nestled close to the San Andreas Fault. It was certainly an appropriate place to finally meet the author of Aftermath: Prepare For and Survive Apocalypse 2012 and Solar Cataclysm. Indeed, the paperback version Apocalypse 2012 features the following legend on its front cover:

THE HARD
SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE
BEHIND THE CALAMITIES
PORTRAYED IN
THE MOVIE 2012

To be perfectly honest, if I had noticed that bit inside Barnes & Noble, I probably wouldn’t have bought the thing in the first place.