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Subject: Can you identify this book?
Date Posted: 8/27/2010 3:02 PM ET
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I'm trying to remember the title of something I read probably 20 or more years ago. I don't think it was ever made into a movie, and I don't think it was written by a well-known author (though I could be wrong about that). It would fit into the genre of post-apocalypse stories.

The disaster in this one was global cooling, set sometime in the future. The polar ice caps were growing, less land was habitable, growing and harvest cycles were disrupted so there was major food shortages, energy supplies were scarce because so much fuel was needed for heating. Populations were being forced into smaller and smaller spaces closer to the equator. Some details stuck in my mind: One woman used all of her heating allocation to keep a small room in her house warm enough to grow plants. I remember a description of her getting ready to go to bed. She heated a large stone (I think) and put it in her bed near her pillow for a short time, then moved it down a stone's width, then again, until she had somewhat warmed a small area the length and width of her body. Then she got in and hoped not to freeze to death while she slept.

There was a charismatic male character walking the USA on some kind of pilgrimage, barefoot and suffering I think, and he was somehow making people more optimistic and happier. I think he may have been accused of being some kind of charlatan as the story went on, and perhaps killed by a mob. Crucified or stoned, maybe?

Does that ring a bell? If I can find it I'd like to read it again.

Date Posted: 8/27/2010 11:33 PM ET
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AAAAARGG. Now I'm going to be wondering. I'm sure I read a story like that. The man was crucified at the end. I think the author was famous, but not as a science fiction author. I hope someone knows the title.

Date Posted: 8/28/2010 7:26 AM ET
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Thanks, Sue. Misery loves company! Now 2 of us can struggle to remember the title. ~Sharron

Subject: This must be the one
Date Posted: 8/28/2010 7:29 AM ET
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Someone posted this info in response to my request on another website:

Creed for the Third Millenium

Tomorrow's America is a cold and ravaged place, a nation devastated by despair and enduring winter. In a small New England city, senior government official Dr. Judith Carriol finds the man she has been seeking: a deliverer of hope in a hopeless time who can revive the dreams of a shattered people; a magnetic, compassionate idealist whom Judith can mold, manipulate and carry to undreamed-of heights; a healer who must ultimately face damnation through the destructive power of love.

Date Posted: 8/28/2010 10:44 AM ET
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Yes! That is defianitly they one I read. I could even remember taking it with on lunch break where are use to work and talking to the cashier about it. The only thing I couldn't remember was the name of the book or author.

Date Posted: 8/28/2010 8:57 PM ET
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Just put this on my reminder list. Thanks. :)

I love post-apocalypse books and I'm always looking for good ones.