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Mud City Press is a small electronic publishing company and online magazine operating out of Eugene, Oregon. We feature articles and commentary about the environment and the economics of sustainability. We also offer in-house fiction in the form of short stories, an array of book reviews, and an online bookstore. Currently we have five novels for sale through print-on-demand publishing and for Kindle applications.

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THE EYES OF ARCHIMEDES: A New Novel by Dan Armstrong
THE EYES OF ARCHIMEDES is a historical novel set in the third century before Christ. Rome is deep into its second twenty-year war with Carthage. The Roman General Marcus Claudius Marcellus lays siege to the Carthaginian controlled city of Syracuse on the island of Sicily, home of the famous engineer and inventor Archimedes. The Roman forces are like toy soldiers against Archimedes' sophisticated war machines. They are repelled three times. Unwilling to concede, Marcellus blockades the city by land and sea, determined to starve the city into submission and secure Archimedes for Roman war interests. Buy a book.
HARRY MACCORMACK AND DAN ARMSTRONG INTERVIEWED ON PEAK MOMENT TV
The Yuba Girls came up to Corvallis three years ago and did this great video interview with Harry MacCormack and Dan Armstrong. Harry talks about the intent and practices of the Southern Willamette Valley Bean and Grain Project and his excellent book THE TRANSITION DOCUMENT.
THE SOUTHERN WILLAMETTE VALLEY BEAN AND GRAIN PROJECT (Project Report Eighteen: The International Year of Quinoa, August, 2013)
Kevin Murphy and Washington State University hosted the 2013 International Year of Quinoa Symposium in August of this year. This article reviews the symposium and asks the question: Can quinoa be commerically grown and processed in the Willamette Valley?
GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS: TO WHAT PURPOSE?
Mud City Press comments on recent discovery of glyphosate resistant wheat in eastern Oregon.
COLD, HUNGRY AND IN THE DARK and SNAKE OIL
Frank Kaminski reviews two new critical examinations of fracking, Richard Heinberg's SNAKE OIL and Bill Powers' COLD, HUNGRY AND IN THE DARK.
TACKLING THE OLDEST ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM: AGRICULTURE AND ITS IMPACT ON SOIL
This is Wes Jackson's contribution to the Post Carbon Reader Series on food. A must read.
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL OF SPACESHIP EARTH
We enter the twenty-first century facing several critical global management issues. Concerns about carbon dioxide emissions, petroleum depletion, the extinction of plant and animal species, a growing human population, loss of arable land, water rights, and increasing quantities of toxins in the environment top the list. Asleep at the Wheel of Spaceship Earth addresses these issues through five perspectives, climate, energy, community, global food resources, and economics, providing an overview and several in depth articles on each.
DAN ARMSTRONG AND HARRY MACCORMACK INTERVIEWED ON PEAK MOMENT TV
The Yuba Girls came up to Corvallis a while back and did this great video interview with Dan Armstrong and Harry MacCormack. Dan talks about his novel PRAIRE FIRE and Harry gives perspective on the Southern Willamette Valley Bean and Grain Project.
JOURNAL OF NORTH AMERICAN COLLEGES AND TEACHERS OF AGRICULTURE REVIEWS PRAIRIE FIRE
"PRAIRIE FIRE," writes Charles Francis of the Department of Agronomy at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, "is more than a totally engaging story that captivates the reader as if it were a Dan Brown suspense adventure. It reflects careful research and analysis of a modern-day systemic problem in the global food system, and provides a strong political statement that questions the organization of our most important industry as well as our basic values." Read this review or other reviews of Dan Armstrong's novels.
LANE COUNTY LOCAL FOOD MARKET ANALYSIS
The Community Planning Workshop at the University of Oregon spent eight months in 2010 researching and writing a local food market analysis for Lane County. This work was funded by the City of Eugene, Lane County, and the Eugene Water and Electric Board and was made public in the fall of 2010. The Lane County Local Food Market Analysis now serves as Lane County's most complete evaluation of our local food system. The entire document is availble here as a pdf.
KICKING THE COMMODITY HABIT
Organic wheat specialist Steve Jones provides the argument for recovering local grains.
THE SOUTHERN WILLAMETTE VALLEY BEAN AND GRAIN PROJECT (Index)
We hear the slogan "eat local" over and over again, but what does it really mean? It's more than just eating fresher food. It's about preserving local food systems. It's about food security and common sense management of the pantry. Here in Oregon's Willamette Valley we have the agricultural potential to feed the valley residents twice over. And yet we grow rye grass and fescue for grass seed and ninety-five percent of what we eat in this fertile valley is imported. With the price of fossil fuels on the rise, this makes no agricultural or economic sense at all. Harry MacCormack of Sunbow Farm in Corvallis, Oregon has conceived a plan to turn this around. The Southern Willamette Valley Bean and Grain Project is a step by step strategy to rebuild a local food system, using organic beans and grains as the foundation.
CALIFORNIA GRANGE REVIEWS PRAIRIE FIRE!
"What happens when enough grain farmers across America, especially the Midwest, decide that the convoluted structure of the economic system between the small, independent family farmer and the end-user is unfair?" asks Lanny Cotler in his review of Dan Armstrong's novel PRAIRIE FIRE in the California Grange's Newsletter. "That's the beginning of PRAIRIE FIRE," Cotler continues, "and while it takes you back to the thrilling days of yester-year–when farmers all across America rose up and formed, out of necessity, the National Grange of the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry!–it also pulls you hard into the crisis felt by small and medium-sized farmers today." Read this review or other reviews of Dan Armstrong's novels.
RELOCALIZING EDEN
A region's capacity to produce, process, and distribute some significant portion of its own food has always been a measure of social and economic stability, but as we face the unknowns of peak oil and climate change, securing local food resources will become one of our highest priorities. Oregon's Willamette Valley provides an excellent case-study for the relocalization to a food system.
THE LANE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS REPAIR PROJECT
The Lane County Fairgrounds Repair Project has been working on a proposal to transform the Lane County Fairgrounds into a sustainable campus since March of 2008. The proposal is presented here as a conceptual plan and a set of design objectives. While the proposal is well-advanced and quite detailed, it remains a work in progress and a steadily evolving vision.
USDA AGRICULTURAL PROJECTIONS TO 2018
"This report provides longrun projections for the agricultural sector through 2018. Major forces and uncertainties affecting future agricultural markets are discussed, such as prospects for long-term global economic growth and population trends. Projections cover production and consumption for agricultural commodities, global agricultural trade and U.S. exports, commodity prices, and aggregate indicators of the sector, such as farm income and food prices."
NO-TILL: The Quiet Revolution
"The age-old practice of turning the soil before planting a new crop is a leading cause of farmland degradation. Many farmers are thus looking to make plowing a thing of the past." David R. Huggins and John P. Reganold explore conservation tillage in SCIENCE MAGAZINE.
BIG MELT MEETS BIG EMPTY: RETHINKING THE IMPLICATIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND PEAK OIL
This excellent article by Richard Heinberg provides a comprehensive overview of the relationship of climate change to peak oil and how various proposed plans to deal with one effect the other.
THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY: THROUGH THE LENS OF PEAK OIL
The price of a barrel of petroleum topped $145 in June of 2008, but dropped below $40 by the first week of 2009. The price climbed back to $75-80 range by the end of 2009 and held there almost all of 2010. It topped $100 during the spring and summer of 2011, then fell to $80 in the fall. Now as we enter the summer of 2014, it's in the $100-110 range. What does this volatility mean? It's the limits of growth beginning to show. We are witnessing the first tremors of economic adjustment. An age of extravagant waste is coming to an end. We are entering a period of economic recession directly connected to long-term natural resource mismanagement. What does this mean to those of us who live in Oregon's Willamette Valley? What can we do individually and collectively to prepare for the inevitable socio-economic changes? This portion of the Mud City Press website contains a collection of essays and articles that try to answer these questions.
REVISITING THE LIMITS OF GROWTH: Could the Club of Rome have been correct, after all?
This is an energy policy white paper written in October of 2000 by Matthew R. Simmons. In the next year, Simmons would be a member of the Bush-Cheney Energy Transition Advisory Committee and the Independent Task Force on Strategic Energy Policy. Let there be no doubt that peak oil was a critical part of all energy discussions in the Cheney-Bush White House and a central factor behind the invasion of Iraq. Video Clip: Matthew Simmons on CNBC 3/7/2008

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BUY A BOOK
Mud City Press currently has five books for sale. These novels by Dan Armstrong represent the literary foundation of Mud City Press. We recommend buying a book as the best way to support this website. Click on title for synopsis. All books available in Kindle format. Note (R) rating for adult material.
THE EYES OF ARCHIMEDES is a historical novel set in the third century before Christ. Rome is deep into its second twenty-year war with Carthage. The Roman General Marcus Claudius Marcellus lays siege to the Carthaginian controlled city of Syracuse on the island of Sicily, home of the famous engineer and inventor Archimedes. The Roman forces are like toy soldiers against Archimedes' sophisticated war machines. They are repelled three times. Unwilling to concede, Marcellus blockades the city by land and sea, determined to starve the city into submission and secure Archimedes for Roman war interests. Buy a copy from Mud City Press for $15.00. plus shipping. Purchase from Amazon for $15.99 or download as Kindle for $5.99.
CHAIN OF SOULS: It's the first year of India's independence from England. The creation of two nations, India for the Hindus, Pakistan for the Muslims, has become a nightmare of ethnic clashes and terrorism. Just as the violence is showing signs of easing, Gandhi is assassinated. With the entire subcontinent teetering on the edge of chaos, Roger Taylor, an American working for the British intelligence service, is called on to defuse a series of death fasts protesting the partition of India. When Taylor arrives in the sacred city of Haridwar to confront the protesters, he encounters a woman who completely disarms him with her goodwill and depth of spirit. What begins as a political mission for Taylor unexpectedly becomes a life-changing glimpse into the workings of the wheel of life and death. BUY NOW from Mud City Press for $10.00 plus shipping. Or purchase from Amazon.com or buy as a Kindle application for $2.99.
PRAIRIE FIRE: It's a few years from now, and the human and environmental costs of industrial farming have finally caught up with America's family farmers. Instead of throwing in the hoe, farmers across the Heartland rise up against the combine, threatening to burn their crops rather than continue the petrochemical assault on the land. AVAILABLE from this website for $20.00 plus shipping or from Amazon.com or as a Kindle application for $3.99.
PUDDLE OF LOVE: At times comic, at times desperately serious, this psycho-thriller pushes the edge with a haunting grope into human sexuality. No holds barred pulp fiction with a dark Freudian twist. (R) AVAILABLE from this website for $20.00 plus shipping or from Amazon.com or as a Kindle application for $3.99.
TAMING THE DRAGON: When a warm winter cuts deeply into the Himalayan snowpack, water shortages stress all of Asia; but in no place is the situation more problematic than at China's Three Gorges Dam. AVAILABLE NOW from this website for $10.00 plus shipping or from Amazon.com or buy as a Kindle application for $2.99.
MUD BLOG
Mud City Press adds more hot air to the blogosphere. Current blog: GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS: TO WHAT PURPOSE?
SHORT STORIES
In-house writer Dan Armstrong offers readers five pieces of short fiction.
BOOK REVIEWS
Our literary editor takes a look at books old and new, hoping to inspire a read or offer a new perspective.
THE WORK OF WILLIAM H. KÖTKE
Mud City Press provides access to the visionary work of William H. Kötke, including reviews of his books and several of his most recent articles.
CATHERINE AUSTIN FITTS
Mud City Press offers five of Ms. Fitts best articles, including our interview with this financial visionary, THE REAL DEAL ABOUT ENRON.
MUD CITY PRESS ARCHIVES
Mud City Press's online magazine maintains an archive of past articles, stories, book reviews, and blogs.
CONTACT MUD CITY PRESS
Send us an e-mail. Pat us on the back. Straighten us out. Tells us your thoughts.
WHAT OUR READERS ARE SAYING
Read comments by our readers. Try their suggested reading. Visit webistes they recommend.
SPECIAL THANKS TO MARK HENSON AND SACRED LIGHT STUDIOS
Mud City Press has included six excellent paintings by Mark to enhance the ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL OF SPACESHIP EARTH section of this website.
SPECIAL THANKS TO MARTINA HOFFMAN
Mud City Press has used four of Martina's visionary paintings to illustrate THE FORTUNE TELLER'S FORTUNE, a short story by Dan Armstrong

Many of the essays, stories, and reviews at Mud City Press are formated as ADOBE PDF files. If you don't have ADOBE's Acrobat Reader on your computer, you may download their free software at the ADOBE website.

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Chain of Souls
Puddle of Love
Taming the Dragon
The Eyes of Archimedes