Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James Rodger Fleming's 2010 book, Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control (Columbia University), recently received best-book prizes in two separate disciplines.
At is annual meeting in Cleveland Nov. 3-6, the Society for the History of Technology awarded its 2011 Sally Hacker Prize to Fleming, honoring "exceptional scholarship that reaches beyond the academy to a broad audience."
Fleming also received the American Meteorological Society's Louis J. Battan Author's Award. The Battan award is presented to the author of "an outstanding, newly published book on the atmospheric and related sciences of a technical or nontechnical nature, with consideration to those books that foster public understanding of meteorology in adult audiences."
The AMS described Fixing the Sky as "a comprehensive review of the history of weather modification, which culminates in a critical consideration of geo-engineering approaches to climate change."
Colby magazine reviewed Fixing the Sky in December 2010.