Fifty Degrees Below (Science in the Capitol #2)
Where this is both a big win and a big loss is in the science. The action is centered at the top of the National Science Foundation and their efforts to get a grip on how the climate is changing and what mitigation strate...more
Scientist Frank Vanderwal is working with the NSF (National Science Foundation) to brainstorm and implement workable solutions the the glob...more
All that being said, it still moves very slowly for a scientific thriller. There are lots of meetings at NSF and lots of characters musing over their decisions. The story focuses more on Frank, who I didn't much care for through the first book. He becomes a b...more
I picked up this book early on a Sunday when I had a little b...more
Instead, it is a wandering, aimless reflection jumping between science and how scientists are misunderstood (just give them their collective head and they would save us from our greed and stupidity), as well as the potential of bureaucracies and money and funding and programs - again if...more
The 2004 film "The Day After Tomorrow" projected an apocalyptic view of the consequences of global warming. it was great theater...more
As with all Kim Stanley Robinson, the ideas in the book are great and represent a good, well-researched, hard sic fi look at a not-so-speculative world. Unfortunately, the characters are a bit harder to get into and the plot is a bit of a trudge.
Ultimately, the Science in the Capital series means to take on a pressing problem and the social realities that underpin it, cause it, and suffer from it, and tur...more
Frank is a sociobiologist and scientist who works at NSF (National Science Fondatio...more
Forty Signs of Rain ended with a flash flood drowning most of Washington DC and leaving the main characters to fend for themselves, having to travel around by boat...more
For one, if you are writing about global warming, I think it is a bad idea to have your World freezing. It helps the skeptics, who will of course point out that this is a contradiction in itself. While it may be possible that some places get colder on a planet with average temperatures rising, why would one want to use this aspect of global warming? There are many other unfortunate consequences of the coming disaster one could use instead.
I also had some...more
In the wake of the devastating flood that ended Forty Signs of Rain, global warming has stalled the Gulf Stream and ironically brought about global cooling: a winter that makes Washington D.C. feel like International Falls, Minnesota. Meanwhile, the Administration denies that anything is wrong and works to subvert science and the electorate.
Forty Signs of Rain too...more
While I wouldn't characterize this book as exciting, I did enjoy it because--at this point--I am pretty invested in the characters. The main character, Frank, is a scientist who decides to try and live as paleolithic man onc...more
Robinson, award-winning author of the Mars trilogy, turns his attention away from space and toward Earth. Critics weren't too sure what to make of the second of this eco-thriller series. If it was a plea to take action to combat global warming, few were certain that Robinson saw "big science" as the obvious answer and suspected that he had something else up his sleeve for the third book. But readers won't miss the obvious point about global warming, government, technology, and science__though a...more
The science in the book is really interesting and I'm very curious how much of it is real. It certainly sounds plausible. Robinson does a really good job of including a lot of science without making it too dry to wade through.
I admit I was concerned that Frank would be the main character in the second book as he was easily the character I found most annoying fr...more
Boring, because, while I can see where real life would consist mostly of meetings and daily routines, those things really aren't that interesting to read about.
Unrealistic - not necessarily the whole climate change disaster stuff - that actually sounds plausible, it's the little things. For example, our main character is living in a treehouse in a park with some semi-feral primates, and none of his stuff ge...more
His work delves into ecological and sociological themes regularly, and many of his novels appear to be the direct result of his own scientific fascinations, such as the 15 years of research and lifelong fascination with Mars which culminated in his most famous work. He has, due to his...more