Darwin’s Universe: Origins and Crises in the History of Life, Van Nostrand, 1983.
Time Gate: Hurling Backward through History, foreword by Isaac Asimov, TAB Books, 1985.
(With Josha Stoff) Chariots for Apollo: The Making of the Lunar Module, Atheneum, 1985.
(With Jesse A. Stoff) Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Hidden Epidemic, Random House, 1988; revised edition, Harper Perennial, 1992.
Her Name, “Titanic": The Untold Story of the Sinking and Finding of the Unsinkable Ship, McGraw, 1988.
Unearthing Atlantis: An Archaeological Odyssey, foreword by Arthur C. Clarke, Random House, 1991
Flying to Valhalla (science fiction), Morrow, 1993.
Return to Sodom and Gomorrah: Bible Stories from Archaeologists, Random House, 1994.
(With George Zebrowski) The Killing Star (science fiction), Morrow, 1995.
Dust (science fiction), Avon, 1998.
(With George Zebrowski) Star Trek: The Next Generation #50: Dyson Sphere, Pocket Books, 1999.
Ghosts of the Titanic: New Discoveries from the Depths of the Ocean Floor, Morrow, 2000.
Unearthing Atlantis, (uncensored edition) Harper. 2001.
Last Train to Hiroshima: : The Survivors Look Back
Henry Holt & Company, 2010
Contributor to scientific journals and popular magazines, including Astronomy, Science, Omni, Sky and Telescope, Smithsonian, and Evolutionary Theory.
Pellegrino’s recipe for “cloning" dinosaurs from amber, first introduced in articles for Smithsonian and Omni, and in his books Time Gate and Darwin’s Universe, for the scientific basis for the Jurassic Park series. Pellegrino and Stoff’s Chariots for Apollo was adapted as the “Spider" episode of the Tom Hanks HBO mini-series From the Earth to the Moon.
Work in progress:
Scientific activities are now focused on medical research - particularly immunology as regards deep bacterial infections and cancer. Secondary research area, robotic space probes for exploration of subsurface seas, Europa, Titan.
With James Cameron: Fictional theatrical treatment based on non-fiction book, Ghosts of Vesuvius, centered about the legal battles raging about the "House of the Pagan-Christians," now being excavated and restored in Pompeii's lesser known but far more spectacularly preserved sister city, Herculaneum.
Bones of the Minotaur Pellegrino's next novel, was originally optioned for a six-figure advance from 20th Century Fox, based on a twelve page outline. It was subsequently developed into a "short story film treatment" under Pellegrino and Cameron. During a lengthy 2003 Keldysh expedition at sea, following obsessive inspiration in the immediate aftermath of his visit to a deep-ocean volcano in Mir-1, Pellegrino expanded the story into something rather beyond the scope of even a four hour movie (or perhaps even an entire trilogy of novels). In 2004, Bones of the Minotaur was purchased from Fox by Hallmark, as the basis of a mini-series.
[webmistress's note: Charlie kills his friends off in his books. Some of them several times. It is considered a mark of high regard, and they compete fiercely for the honor. The webmistress is scheduled to be killed off in one of the upcoming books, but is not yet aware of how the crime will be committed.]
Safe: The Last Train to Nagasaki. Non-fiction. Forensic physics at two other "Ground Zeros." The archaeology of the atomic bomb, combined with Pellegrino's firsthand and often poignant accounts of atomic bomb survivors who evacuated Hiroshima, and departed for someplace "safer" - only to join one of history's strangest minorities: people who survived both bombings. According to Pellegrino, the on-going forensic archaeological investigation, begun before (interrupted by) forensic archaeology at Ground Zero, Manhattan, is a timely warning, as we enter the era of nuclear terrorism. Though he lost part of his family in the Manhattan Ground Zero, he had insisted on calling the WTC, "the crater of Zero," believing that there were two other Ground Zeros that the world should never forget... until a thousand paper cranes arrived from the children of Hiroshima, and until a man from Hiroshima whose son had died in the Twin Towers told him that this was a third Ground Zero that must never be forgotten.
Softly Come the Dragons. On the lighter side, this is a novel about a more touching angle of Pellegrino's infamous Jurassic Park recipe, not yet touched upon by Hollywood
and; an e-book, “In Their Own Words, Titanic", at www.CharlesPellegrino.com (all proceeds donated to Parkinson’s disease research).
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Some of Pellegrino's older books are no longer "in print," but they can be found via second hand book services such as: