06/21/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Where Are The Good Volcano Novels?

Why, I've often wondered, can't natural disasters be the main characters in their own right? Why can't they be the heroes for a change, rather than the bad guys? Why indeed do there have to be humans in the story at all? Why can't the planetary forces, in all their grandeur and terror, carry a narrative on their own?

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