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Bestselling, award-winning, author Kim Stanley Robinson
continues his groundbreaking trilogy of eco-thrillers├»┬┐┬Żand
propels us deeper into the awesome whirlwind of climatic
change. Set in our nation├»┬┐┬Żs capital, here is a chillingly
realistic tale of people caught in the collision of science,
technology, and the consequences of global warming├»┬┐┬Żwhich
could trigger another phenomenon: abrupt climate change,
resulting in temperatures...
When the storm got bad,
scientist Frank Vanderwal was at work, formalizing his
return to the National Science Foundation for another year.
He├»┬┐┬Żd left the building just in time to help sandbag at
Arlington Cemetery. Now that the torrent was over, large
chunks of San Diego had eroded into the sea, and D.C. was
Shallow lakes occupied the most famous
parts of the city. Reagan Airport was awash and the Potomac
had spilled beyond its banks. Rescue boats dotted the
saturated cityscape. Everything Frank and his colleagues in
the halls of science and politics feared had culminated in
this massive disaster. And now the world looked to them to
Whatever Frank can do, now that he is
homeless, he├»┬┐┬Żll have to do from his car. He├»┬┐┬Żs not averse to
sleeping outdoors. Years of research have made him
hyperaware of his status as just another primate. That plus
his encounter with a Tibetan Buddhist has left him resolved
to live a more authentic life.
Hopefully, this will
prepare him for whatever is to come....
For even as
D.C. bails out from the flood, a more extreme climate change
looms. With the melting of the polar ice caps shutting down
the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, another Ice Age could be
imminent. The last time it happened, eleven thousand years
ago, it took just three years to start.
Kim Stanley Robinson uses his remarkable vision, trademark
wry wit, and extraordinary insight into the complexity
between man and nature to take us to the brink of
disaster├»┬┐┬Żand slightly beyond.
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