By Kim Stanley Robinson
Bestselling, award-winning, writer Kim Stanley Robinson maintains his groundbreaking trilogy of eco-thrillers–and propels us deeper into the striking whirlwind of climatic switch. Set in our nation’s capital, here's a chillingly reasonable story of individuals stuck within the collision of technological know-how, expertise, and the implications of world warming–which may well set off one other phenomenon: abrupt weather switch, leading to temperatures...
When the typhoon acquired undesirable, scientist Frank Vanderwal was once at paintings, formalizing his go back to the nationwide technological know-how starting place for one more yr. He’d left the development simply in time to aid sandbag at Arlington Cemetery. Now that the torrent was once over, huge chunks of San Diego had eroded into the ocean, and D.C. was once underwater.
Shallow lakes occupied the main well-known components of the town. Reagan Airport used to be awash and the Potomac had spilled past its banks. Rescue boats dotted the saturated cityscape. every thing Frank and his colleagues within the halls of technological know-how and politics feared had culminated during this vast catastrophe. And now the realm seemed to them to mend it.
Whatever Frank can do, now that he's homeless, he’ll need to do from his motor vehicle. He’s no longer averse to slumbering outside. Years of analysis have made him hyperaware of his prestige as simply one other primate. That plus his come across with a Tibetan Buddhist has left him resolved to reside a extra actual existence.
Hopefully, this may organize him for no matter what is to come....
For while D.C. bails out from the flood, a extra severe weather switch looms. With the melting of the polar ice caps shutting down the nice and cozy waters of the Gulf movement, one other Ice Age should be drawing close. The final time it occurred, 11 thousand years in the past, it took simply 3 years to start.
Once back Kim Stanley Robinson makes use of his notable imaginative and prescient, trademark wry wit, and outstanding perception into the complexity among guy and nature to take us to the edge of disaster–and just a little beyond.
From the Hardcover edition.