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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 heart of the motion. Hauntingly life like, here's a novel of the close to destiny that's encouraged via clinical proof already making headlines.

When the Arctic ice pack used to be first measured within the Fifties, it averaged thirty toes thick in midwinter. by way of 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 began in July. The 3rd yr 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 troublesome politics of worldwide warming. Charlie needs to have the option to get a skeptical management to behave sooner than it’s too late—and his progeny locate themselves dwelling in Swamp global. however the political weather poses virtually as nice a problem because the environmental concern by way of placing the general public sturdy 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 in for a innovative technique that may clear up the matter of world warming—if it may be well-known in time. but if a race to manage the budding expertise starts, the stakes simply get larger. As those daily heroes struggle to align the amazing forces of nature with the intense march of contemporary technology, they're unaware that destiny is ready to place an strange twist on their work—one that would position them on the center of an unavoidable typhoon.

With kind, wit, and infrequent perception into our previous, current, and attainable destiny, this beautiful novel propels us right into a international at the verge of extraordinary change—in a time fairly like our personal. here's Kim Stanley Robinson at his visionary top, supplying a gripping cautionary story of progress—and its price—as basically he can inform it.

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