“I just finished an engrossing, incredibly original book that blends — are you ready? — cloud-seeding and literary criticism. In The Brothers Vonnegut: Science and Fiction in the House of Magic, author Ginger Strand investigates how Kurt Vonnegut’s work as a PR flack at General Electric’s research lab in Schenectady, N.Y., where his atmospheric-scientist brother worked on weather control, shaped his fiction. I recommend it for a compelling biography on the Vonnegut brothers; the best history of cloud-seeding I’ve read; and its thoughtful meditation on the moral obligations of science.”
Cynthia Barnett, author of Rain: A Natural and Cultural History
Barnett appears at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Andreas Building, room 111, at Barry University, 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores, for the talk “Ethics Underwater: History as Destiny at the Tip of Florida. Reception at 6 p.m.