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Seismologist Charlie Richter, grandson of the inventor of the Richter scale, arrives in Los Angeles to begin work at the newly created Center for Earthquake Studies, a shadowy new agency that seems more interested in the entertainment potential of large quakes, than hard science. Charlie moves into an apartment next to Grace, a young script-reader working for a tyrannical Hollywood producer. Meanwhile, her boyfriend Ian is a deadbeat stoner "writer" who spends his time rubbing elbows at the Formosa and pitching the only script he has--a major earthquake disaster film.When Charlie predicts that the "Big One" is going to hit LA, and shares it with his colleagues at the Center, he is in for a big shock: the Center's main priority is to determine how they can leverage a major earthquake into Hollywood gold.Suddenly everyone is looking to produce the next disaster blockbuster, Ian's script, Ear to the Ground, is plucked from obscurity by Grace's boss and given the fast track, complete with demanding stars, an irrational European director, and the now hot commodity of Ian, who grows as insufferable as he is amateurish. Ian's total lack of understanding of anything to do with earthquake science becomes increasingly apparent to the film's producers and crew, and not even Charlie can explain it to him.As Grace and Charlie grow closer, Charlie decides that he must save the city and pinpoints an exact location where he can set off explosives that will cause a "retroshock," effectively nullifying the LA earthquake. He just needs some explosives, a helicopter, and time -- not unlike the film star hero of Ear to the Ground.
Number of Pages: 179
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Author: Paul Kolsby & David L. Ulin
Street Date: April 12, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-07-3161
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