I read a book in the 1980s that involved global warming. I remember very little of the story. it described mega-storms and there is a long stretch when a group of people are in a large rv getting to higher ground to escape flooding.

can anyone suggest books that fit this vague description?

here's some more information. the hero is a scientist and he was in the rv. it could be from the early 90s but i remember it was the first book i came across that dealt with global warming.

it is not a series.

before posting here i searched for global warming science fiction and read summaries of the books i found. it is not by Kim Stanley Robinson or Margaret Atwood.

it is none of these:

  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  • The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
  • Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling
  • Mother of Storms by John Barnes Odds
  • Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich
  • The Sea and The Summer by George Turner
  • Surviving Abe by J.Z. O'Brien
  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi


i answered the question below. it is two different books: "Heat" by Arthur Herzog and "Rings of Ice" by Piers Anthony.

i am very thankful to all of you. this question has been nagging me for thirty years, just about every time we've had a big hurricane.

i am amazed at how quickly you all helped me find the answer.

thanks again.

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    Interesting, however this global warming floods + escaping to higher ground trope is a common one, could you add any more details at all? Check out How to ask a good story-ID question? to see if it helps jog your memory. – Möoz Sep 20 '17 at 1:37
  • Are you sure the novel was from the 1980s? The reason I ask is that there is an SF novel called Mother of Storms by John Barnes which matches pretty well to what you are describing. Including a scene in which people are in an RV trying to get to higher ground and mega-storms. The only thing is that it is from 1994. As Mooz indicates, however, this is a common trope so could easily be a different novel. But link is here if this rings any bells or cover art might be familiar: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_of_Storms – beichst Sep 20 '17 at 2:23
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    The Piers Anthony book is called "Rings of Ice" and does involve people in an RV escaping global flooding. The flooding is caused by rains caused by a comet, not global warming, but otherwise it is close. – Todd Wilcox Sep 20 '17 at 12:01
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    Quite right - I had it confused in my memory with Ring of Charon by Roger MacBride Allen .... hey ho – DannyMcG Sep 20 '17 at 17:32
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    "rings of ice" is indeed one of the stories i conflated. i couldn't find it at any of the local libraries but it can be borrowed from archive.org. i've read enough to confirm it is the winnebago story. the scientist is a woman--i had that wrong. the mega storm story will have to stay lost in time. i don't remember anything more than they were mentioned at the beginning of the book. i don't think the characters live through any storm. – tnt Sep 20 '17 at 17:53

Could it be Heat by Arthur Herzog? That was the first SF story I ever read involving global warming. It was first published in 1977. It is described at eco-fiction.com (inluding a quote from the author's widow mentioning the research he did for it) and in a review at LibraryThing. Excerpts from the latter:

Somewhere in a secret underground laboratory, Lawrence Pick - an engineer who predicted and analyzed large-scale calamities that might affect the national security of the United States - gathers startling evidence that the world's weather may be rapidly changing, as a prelude to a fundamental alteration in global climate. They call him an alarmist - a gloomy, anxious pessimist. Lawrence resented the label, but for himself and a team of equally skilled scientists, the evidence is irrefutable


Now, as freakish weather conditions prevail: extraordinary tornadoes and hurricanes, droughts, violent hailstorms and windstorms, as well as savage waterspouts - Lawrence's various 'over-reactive' weather predictions become a stunning reality.

  • as i said above, this could be the other, scientist/storm, book. – tnt Sep 20 '17 at 21:42

"Rings of Ice" by Piers Anthony, 1974, is indeed one of the stories i conflated. i couldn't find it at any of the local libraries but it can be borrowed from archive.org. i've read enough to confirm it is the winnebago story. the scientist is a woman--i had that wrong. @Jacob C is correct. the mega-storms story is "Heat" by Aurther Herzog. i received a copy today and confirmed.


State of Fear by Michael Crichton?

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    :) Please add to your answer how it answers their query. – FuzzyBoots Sep 20 '17 at 22:01

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