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 world 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 lifelike, here's a novel of the close to destiny that's encouraged by way of clinical evidence already making headlines.
When the Arctic ice pack was once first measured within the Fifties, it averaged thirty toes thick in midwinter. via the tip of the century it used to be all the way down to fifteen. One August the ice broke. the following 12 months the breakup begun in July. The 3rd 12 months it all started in might. That was once 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 bargains with the difficult politics of worldwide warming. Charlie needs to be able to get a skeptical management to behave ahead of it’s too late—and his progeny locate themselves residing in Swamp global. however the political weather poses virtually as nice a problem because the environmental situation by way of placing the general public reliable sooner than inner most achieve.
While Charlie struggles to play politics, his spouse, Anna, takes a extra rational method of the looming predicament in her paintings on the nationwide technology origin. There an offer has are available in for a progressive procedure that may remedy the matter of world warming—if it may be famous in time. but if a race to regulate the budding know-how starts, the stakes basically get better. As those daily heroes struggle to align the extraordinary forces of nature with the extreme march of contemporary technology, they're unaware that destiny is set to place an strange twist on their work—one that may position them on the middle of an unavoidable typhoon.
With kind, wit, and infrequent perception into our previous, current, and attainable destiny, this eye-catching novel propels us right into a global at the verge of unparalleled change—in a time really like our personal. this is Kim Stanley Robinson at his visionary most sensible, delivering a gripping cautionary story of progress—and its price—as merely he can inform it.
From the Hardcover edition.