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Sixty Days and Counting (Science in the Capitol #3)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  1,139 ratings  ·  116 reviews
By the time Phil Chase is elected president, the world’s climate is far on its way to irreversible change. Food scarcity, housing shortages, diminishing medical care, and vanishing species are just some of the consequences. The erratic winter the Washington, D.C., area is experiencing is another grim reminder of a global weather pattern gone haywire: bone-chilling cold one...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Spectra (first published 2007)
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...Sixty Days and Counting is the most optimistic of the three in a way, but reading it didn't make me share Robinson's optimism. In the book things get done. Despite my annoyance with the way the American political system believing the universe revolves around them (really, in that respect they can teach Wall Street a lesson) you get the sense that the characters in this novel will not let the world cook itself. We have now arrived more or less at the point in time where this novel is set, and...more
...or closer to 3 and three quarters.

This is the last of a trilogy. The first was a bit lame, sort of wandering around and going nowhere. The second was much tighter. This third and final book is maybe the best of the three.

For me Robinson hit his (so far) peak with Red Mars. Since then this may in my opinion be his best, lacking the deus ex machina ending of Antarctica, the head scratching "what's the point?" of Years of Rice and Salt (in fact, in this book he captures in a sentence or two the...more
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Unfortunately disappointing. This was the third book in a trilogy that started out as an interesting speculative fiction about the social, political, and environmental effects of global warming. Robinson's strength is that he can explain the science behind much of what he writes about. This book had less of the science in it than the other two. Instead, it tried to wrap up various storylines involving a number of uncompelling characters. Robinson also tried to shoehorn a political conspiracy / l...more
Jeff Richards
The meeting of American Socialism and Tibetan Buddhism.
Yesterday I finished listening to this last part of the Kim Stanley Robinson trilogy ‘Science in the Capital’. After ‘living’ these three books (Robinson has such great descriptive power in his writing it is hard not to get drawn in completely to the universe he creates.) I was sad to let it go. I was also hoping for a good ending, with not too much in the way of surprise and tragedy, and I was pleased that my hopes were fulfilled. When you...more
All loose ends wrapped up...In my review of Fifty Below I worried that Robinson was going to pull some magic "it'll all work out" bit. The thing is, he did...and I didn't even see it until it was done. He uses a sort of narrative time-warp to go from pie-in-the-sky brainstorming to 'maybe we can do this' to 'up and running'. What I'd expect to be a ten-year plan suddenly is going in about a year of narrative time. Hell he wraps up with a trple wedding (close-enough).

That said, I enjoyed the book...more
A homeless man named Frank somehow gets a post at the National Science Foundation studying alternative energy and fighting global warming. After a year in the position, during which he is distracted by chasing escaped zoo animals, foiling a plot to rig the presidential vote, and an untreated brain injury, he decides to look up some stuff about solar power on Google right before his report is due. He finds, to his surprise, that someone has actually implemented solar power somewhere and calls the...more
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This book was recomended by author Dan Flores as part of the Rocky Mountain Land Library's "A Reading List For the President Elect: A Western Primer for the Next Administration."
A somewhat satisfying conclusion to KSR's global-warming trilogy, but not to the problem itself. Always the hopeless optimist, the author clearly believes that working together on the issue, in ways such as pumping excess sea water into the world's dry basins and onto the antarctic ice shelf, is as much as we can hope for, even under the overly generous political and social conditions he constructs to set the stage. I didn't really expect his characters to "solve" climate change by the end of th...more
For my tastes, the story was stretched out over too many pages (3 books). To me, it also felt like a fix-up - the story jumped around between the experiences of a number of characters in ways that too often seemed tangential or peripheral. Robinson fit in a lot of interesting discussions on a wide range of topics, but that doesn't necessarily make a good novel. The pace of events is slow...

Sadly, I found the start of serious efforts on climate change to be unrealistic. Although the trilogy descr...more
Mar 21, 2011 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: HardSF Group
Curiously enough, Robinson defied my expectation and wrapped this series up stronger than he began it.

To recap, the trilogy follows the lives of some Washington, D.C., folks (and a few others) as they struggle with the sudden onset of dramatic changes in weather patterns as climate change accelerates.

Robinson is science-heavy, as usual. This is by far his biggest strength as an author, and often — but not always — more than compensates for his weaknesses as a storyteller.

In the first two thirds...more
This is the final book in Robinson's "Abrupt Climate Change Trilogy" (I don't know what the official trilogy name is. Maybe it's the "Counting By Tens Trilogy."). Anyhow, this one is more a return to the form of the first book, in that I liked it more than I liked the second, but still less than I liked then first. Got that? I was thinking about this novel the other day, and I realized it had no actual plot. It had a couple of subplots, but no plot. The subplot with the Quibler family and the Bu...more
Man, that was a reading marathon! I'm not sure what it is I liked about this series. Not much happened, really...but it was incredibly realistic. I wouldn't even call this science fiction. There is a lot to think about, especially when it comes to political philosophy and Buddhism. The science--speculative and otherwise--was great. I got very attached to the characters, especially the main character. I learned a lot about Tibetan Buddhism. The books explored a question I've had for some time abo...more
David Cooke
While Frank is again a problematic character for this series, this book falls flat more because of the author's resort to unfounded environmentalist techno-babble. While in the second book, the strength of the story was in its realistic depiction of the thermohaline stall, here his energy voodoo plans come up far short (although I do love the notion of the traveling nuclear power plant). Moreover, the rhetoric of the blog posts from a supposedly sitting President is just silly and unrealistic. I...more
Kim Stanley Robinson's Science in the Capitol trilogy concludes with Sixty Days and Counting . For years, Robinson has been pushing the boundaries of science fiction broader and broader into the world of mainstream fiction. This latest series by him is less typical science fiction,but more of a political and sociological study. In fact, there more science in his fiction that most other books of the genre.

Robinson's books are rarely the gripping, thrill-inducing page-turners that some people enj...more
Pretty good read.

The big social question of the books was how we get people to act in the 'always generous' mode of our Prisoner's Dilemma. That is, with the world going to hell in a handbasket, how do we keep people from grabbing what they can for themselves while making things far worse for others?

One thing this trilogy made me realize is that it's very possible people will flip nearly instantly from being global warming deniers to throwing their hands up and saying, "It's too late. What can w...more
Weighty ideas dragged down by the ballast of a plot

My first thought after reading this was that is simply isn't up to the standard that Kim Stanley Robinson (KSR) set for himself with the Mars trilogy and the Years of Rice and Salt.

I mean, it's well-written, relevant, and loaded with technological information. My issue with the book is that ultimately, it's an incredibly interesting book about people and science that contains a silly and insubstantial wisp of a plot that it seems to feel the nee...more
This is the third in Robinson’s “Science in the Capital” series, and the review I am posting is really for the trilogy rather than this book specifically. I like Kim Stanley Robinson’s work, but part of me feels like I should like him better than I do. I always seem to love the beginnings, get carried pretty far in, and then feel like I have to slog through the end. It often feels as if he get towards the end of the work and just starts spewing all the ideas that he wanted to express, but couldn...more
Mar 16, 2008 Anja rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Kim Stanley Robinson is a great author. I have loved all his books, especially this trilogy. It all started with Forty Signs of Rain, I was hooked. His characters seem to come to life, and they are all very different. There is Frank (one of my favorite characters) who is an adventurer, rock-climber, kayaker, hiker, scientist, friends, almost Buddhist, and just a regular guy. The Quiblers (a family including a mom, dad, and two boys) are hilarious together. They all have very different personal...more
This is the conclusion of the climate change trilogy, Forty Signs of Rain/Fifty Degrees Below/Sixty Days and Counting, which really should be read as one complete work for maximum enjoyment. Like most Kim Stanley Robinson works, this one is as much about the ideas as it is about the story, but it is also interesting to follow the main characters through the changes in their lives. The main theme of this series is the way that social injustice has lead us directly to the environmental precipice w...more
Alex Telander
SIXTY DAYS AND COUNTING BY KIM STANLEY ROBINSON: Kim Stanley Robinson has released the conclusion to his trilogy, Sixty Days and Counting, just in time! The hardcover is out and the paperback will be out at Christmas, if not, early next year: just in time for everyone to buy it, read the trilogy, and decide who to vote for in the Presidential elections of November 2008. Again, Robinson is not look to wow and amaze readers with shocking sci-fi events, but keeping true to the close reality of his...more
Jul 01, 2007 Frangipani rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: KSR fans, sci fi futurists, climate change junkies
Shelves: scifi
Aaah, finally the last of the trilogy. It comforts me to know that there are some people in the world with fantastic ideas about what we can do to fix all the damage we humans have been inflicting on the planet. Although this book lacks any of the spectacular climatic apocalypses of the previous two, it sets about tieing things up. Phil Chase the amazing, but unfortunately mythical politician, has been elected President of the USA and is going hammer and tongs on righting wrongs, both climate, e...more
This is the third book Robinson’s environmental disaster trilogy (Forty Days of Rain and Fifty Degrees Below). I liked the first enough to buy the second and was anxious to read the conclusion. While it is an interesting conclusion to the series, I found myself wanting more on the environmental aspects and what I got was more on the characters.

I wanted to see what happened to Frank and President Crane and Charlie and Joe but Robinson kind of lost the heart of the story by focusing so much on the...more
The last book in a generally workmanlike trilogy is also no more than passable. I am sure Robinson is trying to offer us hope with this work, but hope makes for a pretty lousy story. It is not that Robinson cannot write - he certainly can, and at his best in works like The Years of Rice and Salt, he managed to be both experimental and readable. No mean feat. Yet here, the pace chugs along, the colourless fit, rational middle class characters do colourful things but their own lack of differentiat...more
The problem with Kim Stanley Robinson's 'trilogies' is that they don't seem to end. We, the readers seem to leave them at a point and the characters in the books go their own ways. That said, KSR has attempted to remedy that somewhat in his latest trilogy-ender 'Sixty Days and Counting'

The first two books in the 'Science in the Capital' Trilogy had the easy parts, introduce the characters and the situation and crank up the heat for the conflict. The final book always has the heavy lifting of ty...more
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Must have overlooked that I was reading this book and have been for a couple of months when I have time. The third in the series and all to typical of KS Robinsons works. In this part of the series, instead of staying focused on his main novel premise he wanders down cubyholes that let him espouse his personal political and social philosophy on various topics. He closes out a few of the sub-plot issues and leaves some others hanging. But, that is how life is in reality so no problem with that. :...more
I loved Kim Stanley Robinson's climate change trilogy. I highly recommend it and caution all to read all three books one after the other. It really is one cohesive body of work in 3 volumes. You will love President Phil Chase, the Quibler family, Frank, Diane all the Khembali people and even Caroline. The story is centered around the impacts of climate change, the scientists studying it and looking for solutions, a President who genuinely cares and a scientist that voluntarily lives and hangs ou...more
Just finished this last night...


The cover tag-lines try to make it like this will serve up huge creamy nuggets of cinematic brain candy a la 'The Day After Tomorrow'... but after reading the first two in this series, I knew better.

Luckily, KSR wraps things up very well with our intrepid cast of characters... Frank, his love interest(s), Charlie, Anna, Phil Chase, Diane, Drepung and Rudra...

What I liked best was that it didn't end with everything resolved completely, but with new beginnings...more
This series is obviously not KSR's best work, but boy is it jam packed with a lot to think about. I think that disliking or even not giving KSR's novels a fair shot because they "aren't as good as the Mars Trilogy" is the equivalent of saying that all of Beethoven's other work is mediocre just because it's not as good as his 5th. Even though I studied politics and economics in college, and am auto-didacticly trained in ecology and sociology, KSR constantly gives me avenues to explore in these an...more
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Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer, probably best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy.

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