Forty Signs of Rain
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It's hot in Washington. No sign of rain. The world's climates are changing, catastrophe beckons, but no one in power is noticing. Yet. Tom Wolfe meets Michael Crichton in this highly topical and witty and entertaining science thriller. Wolfe meets Vidal meets Crichton Highly topical (East meets West -- science, politics and religion) Swift-paced, funny, exciting, huge scale, character-based novels Massive, significant issues: human genome project, global warming, conservation, genetics: interface between business and science and the ethics therein Competition: Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Michael Crichton

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Kim Stanley Robinson was born in 1952 and, after travelling and working around the world, has now settled in his beloved California. He is widely regarded as the finest science fiction writer working today, noted as much for the verisimilitude of his characters as the meticulously researched hard science basis of his work. He has won just about every major sf award there is to win.

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'The Brave New World of global warming ! A narrative that is rich in closely observed characters and a wonderfully vivid sense of place ! depicts a society sleep-walking towards the abyss ! His great achievement here is to bring the practice of science alive and to place this in an all-too familiar world of greedy capitalists and unprincipled politicians. Robinson's critique of science is heartfelt ! humans have gone from being the smartest animal on the savannah to being "experts at denial".' P.D. Smith Guardian 'A funny, convincing, intelligent book' Kim Newman, Independent 'Kim Stanley Robinson is freed by his medium -- fiction -- to deliver [a] message with passion and restraint ! A great book' New Scientist Praise for the Mars Trilogy: 'The excitement of the science is thrillingly rendered ! a very impressive work of the imagination ! The Mars trilogy is one of the landmarks of sf in the 1990s. The time may well come when it is regarded as one of the landmarks of American literature' TLS On Years of Rice and Salt: 'A tapestry of striving joy, unhapiness and ambiguity ! the marvellous book may be the most hopeful thing you read for a long time' Francis Spufford, Evening Standard 'Robinson's supple, thoughtful prose is always up to the challenge, whether exciting us with ideas, thrilling us with spectacle or presenting us with moments of elegy or quiet passion' Roz Kaveny, Independent 'A huge, complex and highly enjoyable book: buy it' New Scientist More on the Mars books: 'Humane, witty, earnest and intricate books: they mark their readers indelibly with Robinson's seductive sense of place.' Independent 'Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy combines Big Science and real people. Robinson is a master of characterisation.' New Scientist 'One of the most impressive pieces of science fiction of the past ten years' The Economist 'First of a mighty trilogy, it is the ultimate in future history ! Arthur C. Clarke hails Red Mars as "a staggering book", the best of its kind ever written ! I have never read a book quite like Red Mars. It is unusually well written !three dimensional characters ! the scale is awesome.' Shaun Usher Daily Mail 'To make Mars real and make it interesting. That's the double challenge which Kim Robinson has here so squarely and successfully faced! scientific reality leads straight into a conflict plot! a running commentary on human desire, frustration and fulfilment.' Tom Shippey Guardian 'A beautiful book -- to be lived in.' Ian Watson Daily Telegraph 'A complex combination of science fiction and fact, political and social commentary which, together with strong characterisation and a brilliantly conceived plot, blend into a book that reads like a heavily dramatised version of past events, flowing smoothly from start to finish and building up to a climactic conclusion. Probably the most outstanding aspect of Robinson's novel, however, is his stunning visualisation of the beauty of this hostile planet. By the end you can't help feeling you understand the place, that it has some meaning beyond that of just another location for a story ! I'm looking forward to reading the next two volumes almost as eagerly as I'm anticipating the reality of such an outrageous venture.' Alex Hardy Time Out On Antarctica 'A tour de force of adventure writing, memorably told ! He describes Antarctica like a great travel writer, but he does so in the aid of the story ! It is hard to put the book down. It is important, it is relevant, it gives us a huge new continent to imagine; and it is fun.' Mail on Sunday 'The most momentous science fiction novel of the year! Robinson has turned his gaze on a landscape almost as hostile and unspoiled as Mars and describes it gloriously well.' Daily Telegraph 'A fascinating richness ! with the unobtrusive lightness that allowed him to finesse so many of the difficult grandeurs of epic in the Mars books, he steals in Antarctica towards the tricky inward experiences of those archaic Brits, "conquering the world with bad boy scout equipment".' Independent

'The Brave New World of global warming ! A narrative that is rich in closely observed characters and a wonderfully vivid sense of place ! depicts a society sleep-walking towards the abyss ! His great achievement here is to bring the practice of science alive and to place this in an all-too familiar world of greedy capitalists and unprincipled politicians. Robinson's critique of science is heartfelt ! humans have gone from being the smartest animal on the savannah to being "experts at denial".' P.D. Smith Guardian 'A funny, convincing, intelligent book' Kim Newman, Independent 'Kim Stanley Robinson is freed by his medium -- fiction -- to deliver [a] message with passion and restraint ! A great book' New Scientist Praise for the Mars Trilogy: 'The excitement of the science is thrillingly rendered ! a very impressive work of the imagination ! The Mars trilogy is one of the landmarks of sf in the 1990s. The time may well come when it is regarded as one of the landmarks of American literature' TLS On Years of Rice and Salt: 'A tapestry of striving joy, unhapiness and ambiguity ! the marvellous book may be the most hopeful thing you read for a long time' Francis Spufford, Evening Standard 'Robinson's supple, thoughtful prose is always up to the challenge, whether exciting us with ideas, thrilling us with spectacle or presenting us with moments of elegy or quiet passion' Roz Kaveny, Independent 'A huge, complex and highly enjoyable book: buy it' New Scientist More on the Mars books: 'Humane, witty, earnest and intricate books: they mark their readers indelibly with Robinson's seductive sense of place.' Independent 'Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy combines Big Science and real people. Robinson is a master of characterisation.' New Scientist 'One of the most impressive pieces of science fiction of the past ten years' The Economist 'First of a mighty trilogy, it is the ultimate in future history ! Arthur C. Clarke hails Red Mars as "a staggering book", the best of its kind ever written ! I have never read a book quite like Red Mars. It is unusually well written !three dimensional characters ! the scale is awesome.' Shaun Usher Daily Mail 'To make Mars real and make it interesting. That's the double challenge which Kim Robinson has here so squarely and successfully faced! scientific reality leads straight into a conflict plot! a running commentary on human desire, frustration and fulfilment.' Tom Shippey Guardian 'A beautiful book -- to be lived in.' Ian Watson Daily Telegraph 'A complex combination of science fiction and fact, political and social commentary which, together with strong characterisation and a brilliantly conceived plot, blend into a book that reads like a heavily dramatised version of past events, flowing smoothly from start to finish and building up to a climactic conclusion. Probably the most outstanding aspect of Robinson's novel, however, is his stunning visualisation of the beauty of this hostile planet. By the end you can't help feeling you understand the place, that it has some meaning beyond that of just another location for a story ! I'm looking forward to reading the next two volumes almost as eagerly as I'm anticipating the reality of such an outrageous venture.' Alex Hardy Time Out On Antarctica 'A tour de force of adventure writing, memorably told ! He describes Antarctica like a great travel writer, but he does so in the aid of the story ! It is hard to put the book down. It is important, it is relevant, it gives us a huge new continent to imagine; and it is fun.' Mail on Sunday 'The most momentous science fiction novel of the year! Robinson has turned his gaze on a landscape almost as hostile and unspoiled as Mars and describes it gloriously well.' Daily Telegraph 'A fascinating richness ! with the unobtrusive lightness that allowed him to finesse so many of the difficult grandeurs of epic in the Mars books, he steals in Antarctica towards the tricky inward experiences of those archaic Brits, "conquering the world with bad boy scout equipment".' Independent

Adult/High School-An elegantly crafted and beguiling novel set in the very near future. Anna Quibler is a technocrat at the National Science Foundation while her husband, Charlie, takes care of their toddler and telecommutes as a legislative consultant to a senator. Their family life is a delight to observe, as are the interactions of the scientists at the NSF and related organizations. When a Buddhist delegation, whose country is being flooded because of climate change, opens an embassy near the NSF, the Quiblers befriend them and teach them to work the system of politics and grants. The Buddhists, in turn, affect the scientists in delightful and unexpectedly significant ways. The characters all share information and theories, appreciating the threat that global warming poses, but they just can't seem to awaken a sense of urgency in the politicians who could do something about it. (Robinson's characterizations of politicians are barbed, and often hilarious.) As the scientists focus on the minutiae of their lives, the specter of global warming looms over all, inexorably causing a change here, a change there, until all the imbalances combine to bring about a brilliantly visualized catastrophe that readers will not soon forget. Even as he outlines frighteningly plausible scenarios backed up by undeniable facts, the author charms with domesticity and humor. This beautifully paced novel stands on its own, but it is the first of a trilogy. As readers wait impatiently for the next volume, they will probably find themselves paying closer attention to science, to politics, and to the weather.-Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Focusing mostly on the quotidian working and domestic lives of three scientists-a bioinformatics specialist, a National Science Foundation statistician, and a consulting climatologist-this ecological novel from the author of the Nebula and Hugo Award-winning "Mars" trilogy examines the incrementally increasing, but unmistakably devastating effects of global warming. Somewhat awkwardly connected to this main plot are two subplots: a team of microbiologists at a Southern Californian biotech startup endeavor to discover a targeted, nonviral delivery system for gene therapy, and some Tibetan exiles lobby the United States to help save their Indian Ocean island home from being overrun by rising ocean levels. The novel ultimately offers a brief for scientists to play a more politically active role in developing policies and programs to limit global warming and other ecological threats, yet it also dramatizes the bureaucratic difficulties involved. While the novel doesn't always hang together, it remains interesting and timely. The first in a new trilogy; recommended for all public libraries where fan demand and interest warrants. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/04.]-Roger A. Berger, Everett Community Coll., WA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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