By Kim Stanley Robinson
The bestselling writer of the vintage Mars trilogy and The Years of Rice and Salt returns with a riveting new trilogy of state of the art technological know-how, overseas politics, and the real-life ramifications of worldwide warming as they're performed out in our nation’s capital—and within the day-by-day lives of these on the middle of the motion. Hauntingly practical, here's a novel of the close to destiny that's encouraged by way of medical proof already making headlines.
When the Arctic ice pack used to be first measured within the Nineteen Fifties, it averaged thirty ft thick in midwinter. via the tip of the century it was once all the way down to fifteen. One August the ice broke. the subsequent 12 months the breakup all started in July. The 3rd yr it all started in may perhaps. That used to be final year.
It’s an more and more steamy summer season within the nation’s capital as Senate environmental staffer Charlie Quibler cares for his younger son and offers with the complex politics of worldwide warming. Charlie needs to have the opportunity to get a skeptical management to behave prior to it’s too late—and his progeny locate themselves residing in Swamp international. however the political weather poses virtually as nice a problem because the environmental predicament in terms of placing the general public reliable prior to inner most achieve.
While Charlie struggles to play politics, his spouse, Anna, takes a extra rational method of the looming trouble in her paintings on the nationwide technological know-how starting place. There an offer has are available for a innovative method which may remedy the matter of world warming—if it may be famous in time. but if a race to regulate the budding expertise starts off, the stakes in basic terms get larger. As those daily heroes struggle to align the amazing forces of nature with the extreme march of recent technology, they're unaware that destiny is ready to place an strange twist on their work—one that would position them on the middle of an unavoidable hurricane.
With sort, wit, and infrequent perception into our prior, current, and attainable destiny, this pleasing novel propels us right into a international at the verge of exceptional change—in a time particularly like our personal. here's Kim Stanley Robinson at his visionary most sensible, supplying a gripping cautionary story of progress—and its price—as purely he can inform it.
From the Hardcover edition.