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Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling
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Sep 10, 08

Recommended for: science fiction, apocalyptic
Read in September, 2008, read count: 1

This is a cautionary near-future sci-fi story of the impact of global warming on weather patterns. We are already seeing the beginning of increased storms, tornados, hurricanes, and tsunamis (or Heavy Weather).

In 2030, the time period of the story, the majority of the U.S. government's budget goes toward disaster relief. Thousands are homeless, the U.S. economy has collapsed, entire geographic areas are abandoned, and some wildlife species die off while others grow out of control.

The story follows The Storm Troupe, a team of storm chasers studying tornadoes in the West Texas and Oklahoma area, searching for "the big one." The movie Twister was heavily influenced by this book, and some scenes in the movie are direct rip-offs from the book. Nevertheless, Heavy Weather is a much more interesting story. Sterling is a Texas native, and his imagery paints a vivid picture of a post-apocalyptic Texas prairie. The action is fast-paced and gripping, with fewer of the long narratives that sometimes plague Sterling books. One of my new favorites.
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