Moby-Dick Meets the Day After Tomorrow
Eco-Disaster and Salvation in Craig Russell's Fragment
Craig Russell’s 2016 eco-thriller Fragment is a cautionary tale with nautical overtones.
Like Herman Melville’s classic 19th-century American allegory Moby-Dick, the 214-page novel is encyclopedic in its presentation of scientific knowledge; unlike Moby-Dick, it is Wikipedic in its exposition of the potential effects of the ignorance of this knowledge. Though alarmist in its message, and matter-of-factly Naturalistic in its depiction of the deaths of tens of thousands of creatures both human and other, the book is ultimately Romantic as it presents Nature in simple language composed to improve society.