|Deepwater Horizon disaster|
Post-tsunami meltdowns of four Japanese nuclear power reactors, leading to the total shutdown of all fifty reactors across the country.
Sanctions and a looming oil embargo to persuade Iran to halt its nuclear program, countered by Iranian threats to blockade others' oil exports through the Gulf of Hormuz.
Those are just recent energy-related crises -- and they don't hold a candle to the Crudetastrophe.
"A taut near-future thriller about an energy-starved Earth held hostage by a power-mad international cartel … Lerner's vision of the future is both topical and possible in this crisp, fast-paced hard SF adventure."That huge artifact in the foreground of the cover? It's a solar power satellite. I'll have things to say about that technology in posts to come.
And the Crudetastrophe? It's a geopolitical miscalculation that overnight takes most Middle Eastern oil off the world market.
An experiment Iran and the West may be about to try ...
(Energized (in hardback) and Energized (for the Kindle) are available for preorder at Amazon. The novel can also be preordered in hardback and many non-Kindle ebook formats at other fine online and brick-and-mortar booksellers.)
(Link to Energized release-day post added July 19, 2012).