'Appleseed': ASU Professor's Environmental Novel Spans 1,000 Years

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 12:52pm

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"Appleseed," by Matt Bell
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"Appleseed," by Matt Bell.

Arizona State University English professor Matt Bell is about to release a new novel that is genre-hopping, hugely ambitious and critically acclaimed.

“Appleseed” is an epic, speculative, environmental novel that takes place across three story lines over 1,000 years.

It begins in the late 18th century with a mythological retelling of the story of Johnny Appleseed. Then, it jumps to the near future when there’s been a climate-change driven political collapse.

The novel is capped with the story of a lonely, sentient being living 700 years in the future on a now ice-covered North America.

It’s being called audacious, pulse-pounding and the first of its kind. 

The Show spoke with Bell to learn more about his inspiration.

Bell will appear at Changing Hands on July 13 to talk about “Appleseed.”

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