Forty Signs of Rain

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 technology, 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 lifelike, 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 Nineteen Fifties, it averaged thirty toes thick in midwinter. via the tip of the century it used to be right down to fifteen. One August the ice broke. the subsequent yr the breakup all started in July. The 3rd 12 months it all started in may possibly. 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 bargains with the challenging politics of worldwide warming. Charlie needs to have the option to get a skeptical management to behave earlier than it’s too late—and his progeny locate themselves dwelling in Swamp international. however the political weather poses virtually as nice a problem because the environmental difficulty by way of placing the general public stable sooner than deepest achieve.

While Charlie struggles to play politics, his spouse, Anna, takes a extra rational method of the looming difficulty in her paintings on the nationwide technology starting place. There a suggestion has are available for a progressive method that may resolve the matter of worldwide warming—if it may be famous in time. but if a race to manage the budding expertise starts, the stakes purely get larger. 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 ready to place an strange twist on their work—one that may position them on the center of an unavoidable hurricane.

With sort, wit, and infrequent perception into our prior, current, and attainable destiny, this appealing novel propels us right into a global at the verge of unparalleled change—in a time fairly like our personal. here's Kim Stanley Robinson at his visionary top, providing a gripping cautionary story of progress—and its price—as purely he can inform it.

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