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Forty Signs of Rain (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Kim Stanley Robinson

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Title:Forty Signs of Rain
Authors:Kim Stanley Robinson
Info:Spectra (2005), Mass Market Paperback. 397 pp.
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Tags:environmental sf, sf

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Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson (2004)

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    State of Fear by Michael Crichton (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: We know the climate is changing, but which way? These books take opposite viewpoints.
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Fictional look at the way academic science works and how inappropriate this is for tackling large scale problems such as climate change. ( )
  kale.dyer | Jul 10, 2016 |
"...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..."
  MerrittGibsonLibrary | Jul 9, 2016 |
The first of three eschatological novels. It is something we are living though. Science can save us, but they are too detached to care. Politicians care but they are too ineffectual to do anything meaningful. The market (will of heaven) is the only hope but we know that markets can and do fail, ( )
  jefware | Apr 29, 2016 |
Call it 3 1/2 stars. It's got a bestseller-y page-turning appeal, but the story's rushed and the characters have a glib feel that sometimes rubs me the wrong way. (I find the Anna Quibler character particularly annoying; she has a grating self-satisfied asperger affect. Frank Vanderwal is nearly as annoying with his constant one-note comparison of all his friends' and colleagues' behavior to that of early hominids struggling for survival and dominance.)

Still, KSR gets some bonus points (from me, anyhow) for adding a group of Tibetan refugee characters to the story. As reviewers from here to Kathmandu have already remarked, it's a preachy book about climate change dangers, but at least it's a good-hearted and readable preachy book about climate change dangers. I will probably go on to read the rest of the trilogy, if only to find out what happens to Rudra Cakrin and the rest of his sangha. ( )
  ronhenry | Nov 17, 2015 |
This is the first book in Robinson's series about climate change. The skepticism and academic in-fighting are very well done, while the vast titanic forces are clocked in, and moving right along. It's a complex and interesting narrative. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jul 1, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553585800, Mass Market Paperback)

The bestselling author of the classic Mars trilogy and The Years of Rice and Salt returns 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.


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Two married scientists teach a Buddhist delegation from South Asia the intricacies of dealing with politicians in Washington while observing signs of an approaching catastrophe from global warming.

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