Recommended novel: State of Fear, by Michael Crichton

Click to buy from AmazonThis adventure romp around the world could leave you living in fear of environmentalists.

In one of his final novels, Michael Crichton throws climate skepticism into full throttle, casting a crew of enviros and academics as bad guys out to wreck the weather for their own financial gain. But look out, you homicidal crew of greedy activists, a gang of independently-minded lawyer types is hot on your trail.

The premise of this fast-paced novel may have sounded to some like it could have held water when it was published in 2004. But in an era of wild weather and growing climate literacy it’s laid bare as a fantastical conspiracy theory by one of science fiction’s greats. A wonderful read for any cynic.

John Upton