University of Minnesota Press

In Earth, Ice, Bone, Blood, Charlotte Wrigley considers how permafrost—and its disappearance—redefines extinction to be a lack of continuity that affects both life and nonlife on earth. With a look at the coldest regions in the world, Wrigley examines the wild new economies and mitigation strategies responding to thawing permafrost, including such projects as Pleistocene Park, Colossal, and Sooam Biotech, and offers a new angle on extinction through the concept of discontinuity. Here, Wrigley is joined in conversation with Pey-Yi Chu.

Charlotte Wrigley is a postdoctoral researcher at The Greenhouse – Center for Environmental Humanities at the University of Stavanger, Norway. She is author of Earth, Ice, Bone, Blood: Permafrost and Extinction in the Russian Arctic.

Pey-Yi Chu is associate professor of history at Pomona College in Claremont, California. She is author of The Life of Permafrost: A History of Frozen Earth in Russian and Soviet Science

The Life of Permafrost / Pey-Yi Chu
Once Upon the Permafrost / Susan Crate
The Breath of the Permafrost / Nikolai Sleptsov-Sylyk
Cryopolitics / Joanna Radin and Emma Kowal, editors

-Yakutsk, the capital of the Russian region of the Sakha Republic
-Chersky, Arctic port in the Sakha District on the Kolyma River
-Permafrost bank on the Kolyma called Duvanny Yar
-Pleistocene Park in Chersky

-Sergey and Nikita Zimov, geophysicist and son behind Pleistocene Park project
-George Church of Harvard University, behind the business Colossal
-Hwang Woo-Suk (Sooam Biotech), biotechnology expert and veterinarian who claimed to clone human embryonic cells and does work in Yakutsk with mammoths.
-Stewart Brand, environmentalist and founder of the Long Now Foundation, known for quote: “We are as gods, so we have to get good at it.”

More about the book:

What is University of Minnesota Press?

Authors join peers, scholars, and friends in conversation. Topics include environment, humanities, race, social justice, cultural studies, art, literature and literary criticism, media studies, sociology, anthropology, grief and loss, mental health, and more.