The Fallen Sky by Christopher Cokinos
This thorough work, populated by colorful characters, examines meteorites from several angles—mythology, history, and contemporary studies—even investigating whether meteorite impacts have influenced the evolution of life on Earth. You’ll learn about the Oregon woodsman who made off with a 15-ton meteorite in 1903 (he was later forced to relinquish it) and follow the author on a five-week search for space rocks in Antarctica.
Yellowstone: Battle for Life
Offering powerful drama and stunning cinematography, this documentary from the BBC illustrates the balancing acts that allow animals to survive in a challenging environment. It goes beyond the usual megafauna to explore Yellowstone’s whole ecosystem: Bison and wolves share screen time with microbes, plants, and weather patterns. If you crave some time in the wild but can’t make it to the real thing, check out this film. Available September 29.
Academy Award–nominated director Robert Stone chronicles the environmental movement’s rise from a counterculture interest group to a mainstream political force. He divides his narrative among nine major environmental leaders, including Earth Day cofounder Denis Hayes, former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, sustainability entrepreneur L. Hunter Lovins, and scientist Paul Ehrlich. Premieres August 14; for details, see earthdaysmovie.com.
Flash Forward ABC, premieres Thursday, September 24, at 8 p.m. (ET)
ABC’s new sci-fi drama, directed by David Goyer (cowriter of The Dark Knight) and loosely based on Robert Sawyer’s book of the same name, picks up in the chaotic aftermath of a mysterious mass blackout: Every person in the world has just lost consciousness for two minutes and 17 seconds. As FBI agents Mark (Joseph Fiennes), Demetri (John Cho), and others compare notes on the dreams they had during the lost time, they realize that everyone was briefly catapulted six months into the future. Expect fast-paced, gripping stories as the series’ well-drawn characters explore the causes and implications of their bizarre experience.