Forty Signs of Rain

Forty Signs of Rain

Book - 2004
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The bestselling author of the classic Mars trilogy andThe Years of Rice and Saltreturns with a riveting new trilogy of cutting-edge science, international politics, and the real-life ramifications of global warming as they are played out in our nation's capital--and in the daily lives of those at the center of the action. Hauntingly realistic, here is a novel of the near future that is inspired by scientific facts already making headlines. When the Arctic ice pack was first measured in the 1950s, it averaged thirty feet thick in midwinter. By the end of the century it was down to fifteen. One August the ice broke. The next year the breakup started in July. The third year it began in May. That was last year. It's an increasingly steamy summer in the nation's capital as Senate environmental staffer Charlie Quibler cares for his young son and deals with the frustrating politics of global warming. Charlie must find a way to get a skeptical administration to act before it's too late--and his progeny find themselves living in Swamp World. But the political climate poses almost as great a challenge as the environmental crisis when it comes to putting the public good ahead of private gain. While Charlie struggles to play politics, his wife, Anna, takes a more rational approach to the looming crisis in her work at the National Science Foundation. There a proposal has come in for a revolutionary process that could solve the problem of global warming--if it can be recognized in time. But when a race to control the budding technology begins, the stakes only get higher. As these everyday heroes fight to align the awesome forces of nature with the extraordinary march of modern science, they are unaware that fate is about to put an unusual twist on their work--one that will place them at the heart of an unavoidable storm. With style, wit, and rare insight into our past, present, and possible future, this captivating novel propels us into a world on the verge of unprecedented change--in a time quite like our own. Here is Kim Stanley Robinson at his visionary best, offering a gripping cautionary tale of progress--and its price--as only he can tell it. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2004
ISBN: 9780553803112
0553803115
Branch Call Number: FICTION Robinson
Characteristics: 358 p. : 24 cm

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Astraeus
Sep 10, 2016

While not an uninteresting book, its difficult to describe it as a "thriller" since most of the plot focuses on the personal struggles of the characters. It's worth reading but, with the exception of the final few chapters, its lacks the excitement and tension that many readers may expect from books in this genre.

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gstark123
Sep 17, 2012

Read the series in order... VIRL has all the books so just get them held in order. Anarctica, 40 Signs Of Rain, 50 Degrees Below, and 60 Days And Counting.

Real people, real science, real government, all rolled up into a thriller ride that will add a dimension to the way you consider climate change.

Together, first rate KSR.

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j_baka2002
Feb 21, 2010

Great fictional real possibility of what may happen if Global Climate Change is allowed to continue with no actions made by individuals and our government.

Also a really fun read!

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john_doh1
Mar 31, 2015

An excess of reason is itself a form of madness. Pg 329 in ebook

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