Best Download [Kim Stanley Robinson] Æ Forty Signs of Rain || [Philosophy Book] PDF ☆

By Kim Stanley Robinson | Comments: ( 108 ) | Date: ( Nov 20, 2019 )

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 nearThe 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 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.From the Hardcover edition.


  • Title: Forty Signs of Rain
  • Author: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • ISBN: 9780553898170
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Nook

About Author:

Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer, probably best known for his award winning Mars trilogy.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 fascination with Mars, become a member of the Mars Society.Robinson s work has been labeled by reviewers as literary science fiction.Excerpted from.



Comments Forty Signs of Rain

  • Riku Sayuj

    Glimpses Of An Ordinary FutureHow would it be to live in the very near future? What will happen once we cross the rubicon, the point beyond which climate change overwhelms the Anthropocene and humans are no longer in charge of their surroundings?We should expect high human drama under such extreme duress, right?Wrong.Daily life will carry on. That is what will happen.So What’s New in The Very Near Future?Extinction Rate in Oceans Now Faster Than on Land. Coral Reef Collapses Leading to Mass Ex [...]


  • Claudia

    “When the Arctic ice pack was first measured by nuclear submarines in the 1950’s, it averaged thirty feet thick in midwinter. By the end of the century it was down to fifteen. Then one August the ice broke up into large tabular bergs, drifting on the currents, colliding and separating, leaving broad lanes of water open to the continuous polar summer sunlight. The next year the breakup started in July, and at times more than half the surface of the Arctic Ocean was open water. The third year, [...]


  • Robert

    The first time I read this book I was not overly enamoured of it: I had read its sequel first then come back to it before waiting around for the "third" instalment to be published and after that read Antartica which seemed like it might be set before this onewhich turned out to be true i read the last one last but none of the others in the correct order!Hence, having re-read Antarctica, I thought I would bash on through the 40, 50, 60 series and see how they looked as one long book.The answer is [...]


  • Robin Wiley

    Have you ever seen the movie Day After Tomorrow where Global Warning almost ends the world and kills everyone in horrible ways? This is NOT THAT BOOK. For those of you that don't read KSR, his books are SO well researched and grounded in REAL science, they are called future history, not sci-fi. The entire series takes place somewhere between tomorrow and 100 years from now. The north and south poles melt to the point that the ocean gets desalinated (less salt), and without the weight of the salt [...]


  • Trin

    I thought I should finally try some Kim Stanley Robinson, as he’s kind of a classic at this point. This was…huh. I’m not really sure what this was. It was the first book in a trilogy, certainly—I’m not sure I’ve ever read such a long book that was almost entirely setup. Seriously, almost nothing happened until the very end—though that end is very dramatic. I wasn’t particularly wowed by the writing—DUDE PUNCTUATE YOUR DIALOGUE DO YOU SEE HOW ANNOYING THIS IS KTHX—or the chara [...]


  • Angela

    I have to admit to feeling ambivalent about Kim Stanley Robinson's Forty Signs of Rain. This is another of my "picked up on a whim" books, in this case because I was in the mood to read a vaguely-SFish novel about what happens when global warming wreaks hardcore havoc on the planet. Sort of like The Day After Tomorrow, only in prose form, and presumably with a stronger story since it's after all written by a Hugo-award-winning author.There are quite a few beefs raised about this book on its rev [...]


  • Wilhelmina Jenkins

    I gave this book 4 stars because there were so many things I loved about it. First, it is set in Washington, DC, my hometown, during an ecological catastrophe. All of the lower lying areas are completely flooded, and the descriptions of the flooding were beautifully written and accurate. Second, the scientists and their discussions about their work and funding decisions were right on the mark. I loved them. The politics of legislative decisions was great as well, and would make good reading for [...]


  • Lobeck

    Kim Stanley Robinson does not know how to edit. Likely he could have combined this three book series into one book without losing much content. Alternatively, he could have retained the length of the story and just ensured that something interesting happened more frequently than every 150 pages.The information about rapid climate change is interesting. The the politics around trying to intervene in environmental disaster, and the methods explored to achieve this make for an intriguing premise.


  • beatricks

    I've been interested in Kim Stanley Robinson for a while, since I muttered something to my sister about wanting books that dealt with limited resource management and she mentioned his Years of Rice and Salt. Then on a much later ecological sci-fi (which I feel a pull to write myself) hunt, I discovered some loglines that made him sound like my beloved Ursula K LeGuin; the description of his Three Californias trilogy, to be precise. Plus, he lives in Davis! *I* know people who live in Davis! So I [...]


  • Erica

    *mild spoilers*Elmore Leonard once said “I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” Kim Stanley Robinson did not heed this advice, and I was able to skim long swathes of this odd book. As someone who lives in DC and works on climate change issues for the federal government, I was ready to love it. It turns out, however, that workmanlike descriptions of local color do little to leaven painstakingly detailed descriptions of bureaucratic tasks and conference calls. After a while I realized [...]


  • Tom Nixon

    **This review covers all three books in the 'Science In The Capitol Trilogy- the other two are Fifty Degrees Below and Sixty Days and Counting**Where to begin with this compact, neat little trilogy? These three books are strange because I both liked and disliked them all the same time, which isn't unusual for me, but in this case it can be put down to a simple divide: I like Kim Stanley Robinson's writing, science and technology. In this particular trilogy however, I don't like his politics. We [...]


  • Tomislav

    second read - 27 October 2010 - This is the first book of a tightly-coupled trilogy comprised of Forty Signs of Rain (2004) Fifty Degrees Below (2005) Sixty Days and Counting (2007)Because I have previously (and within recent years) read the trilogy, I came at it this time with some foreknowledge of the concepts and events exposed in later books, and so read it as more of a character study. I identify much more strongly with Frank Vanderwal than I did on the last read, not so much with his lifes [...]


  • Jane

    There’s a new genre of fiction that is becoming ever more popular – climate fiction, or cli fi. Plots are focused on the environment and especially our planet’s climate. Climate fiction is benefitting from the fact that dystopian and apocalyptic novels are super hot right now – or maybe climate fiction is helping drive that popularity.The Galesburg Public Library’s Food for Thought book discussion group found the water shortage dystopian novel Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis to n [...]


  • Daniorte

    Las primeras críticas que lei del libro es que era "Aburrido". Sinceramente me parece una critica demasiado fácil ya que si no sabes de que va el autor es normal que te puedas aburrir ya que promete lluvia pero se queda en las señales. Por otro lado si te gusta el autor, no te aburrirás. Stanley Robinson es un autor que le encanta desarrollar la psicología de los personajes. Le gusta recrearse en los actos cotidianos y de la ordinaria situación de una mujer con el sacaleches te hace tres p [...]


  • Sara J. (kefuwa)

    "Weekdays always begin the same. The alarm goes off and you are startled out of dreams that you immediately forget. Predawn light in a dim room. Stagger into a hot shower and try to wake up all the way. Feel the scalding hot water on the back of your neck, ah, the best part of the day, already passing with the inexorable clock. Fragment of a dream, you were deep in some problem set now escaping you, just as you tried to escape it in the dream. Duck down the halls of memory—gone. Dreams don't w [...]


  • Richard

    Apropos whilst reading a book on climate change, the New York Times just published a fairly in-depth article on investigations of sea level rise. The article, As Glaciers Melt, Science Seeks Data on Rising Seas, also has some interesting multimedia attachments. One fairly alarming tidbit I learned is that the ice piled on top of just Greenland would, if melted, raise sea levels by twenty feet.The article also links to an excellent tutorial from the NGO CSIRO on Sea Level changes.Book selection f [...]


  • Tommi

    This book had intriguing characters- many of them scientists, so extra dear to my heart. it also had one of the best lines I've ever read: "An excess of reason is a form of insanity." Chew on that for awhile.


  • Mary Shafer

    This was the longest book I ever read, during which I constantly kept wondering, "When does the action start?" Seriously. I'm a weather/storm freak, and I'll generally give a book a long lead before I require being seriously engaged, but by halfway through this one, I kept thinking, "When will things actually start happening?" Because up until that time, it seemed like one long navel gaze.Well, the answer was, things started happening in basically the last tenth of the book. Yes, really. Now, I [...]


  • Torie

    Edited to add: After a few more days mulling it over I’m downgrading the rating because I realize I can’t recommend the book. We’ll see if that changes when I finish the series. Also noting that I read the vastly revised and condensed version in the Green Earth omnibus, not the original standalone. I have such respect and admiration for KSR. Not just his singular, anti-capitalist imagination, but his ability to draw incredibly real characters that you feel drawn to even if they are so real [...]


  • Betsy

    This began as a political novel about activists and science workers concerned about climate change. It seemed very slow to take off because I was expecting an ecological post-apocalypse SF novel, not politics. Fortunately the last 100 pages turned in the direction I was hoping for. Having spent a lot of time in Washington both around the Mall and at the zoo I found the parts of the book that took place there especially interesting. I already have the second book in the trilogy on hold at the lib [...]


  • Leigh Coop

    I usually don't read this genre but was recommended it by fellow book club members. I thought it was going somewhere a lot fast than it did. You need to get to the very very last chapter before there is any action. I felt left hanging. Is this No. 1 of a series about global warming? Not bad writing. Just a little weak on a plot that moves along and goes somewhere.


  • Petra Kuppers

    Read for a research project around climate change and speculative fiction. This feels very well researched, lots of different data points connected, and the ending, a vision of dystopic Washington D.C feels well handled and realistic to me. Some interesting male gender stuff going on, and some intriguing views on gender, science and spirituality, too. Good read.


  • Bradley

    Kim Stanley Robinson is best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars) as well as The Years of Rice and Salt. With the publication of his newest novel, Forty Signs of Rain, Kim Stanley Robinson begins another trilogy of epic proportion.Set primarily in Washington, D.C Forty Signs of Rain tells the tale of a young environmental policy analyst for a popular U.S. Senator, and his wife, a scientist with the National Science Foundation. The book details many of th [...]


  • Diego González

    After sleeping on the incredible Mars Trilogy for too long, I have tried my best to stay caught up with Kim Stanley Robinson. I am still lagging a bit but finally caught up to this wonderful book from 2004.The way I see it, KSR basically laid out a psychic terrain in the Mars books, and has since then pursued the various topics introduced there in sundry ways. Though I have enjoyed aspects of books like Shaman and Galileo's Dream, I think what I have been missing is his excellent character writi [...]


  • Jacob

    The writing is okay (quite readable but nothing special) and the idea is pretty good, but the core problem with this book is that nothing happens for the first 75%. You could compress the first 300 pages down to 50 and the book wouldn't lose anything in quality of story, because you'd still get to know the main characters as much as you need to. Instead, I now know them better than I know many of my cousins. Clearly, I should have spent my reading time on the phone with my cousins instead.The fi [...]


  • Schnaucl

    A few years back my friends and I started a book group. The book that really killed it wasThe Years of Rice and Salt. I won't revisit the horror except to say it was very bad. I tell you this because it was by the same author as this book. But this one sounded interesting so I gave it a shot.It reminded me very much ofNext by Michael Crichton. It was not quite as bad, but the lecturing tone was much the same. The major problem with this book (besides that the action doesn't start until about the [...]


  • Lynne Premo

    I went into reading this not quite sure what to expect, considering the author's experience in hard science fiction. Although this book had a few slow spots, I loved it. For one, the book had a sense of reality that really brought the story to life -- the precipitating events are not only realistic, but they are happening and have happened. Also, Robinson GETS D.C. The politics of it, the relations between agencies and politicians, the balancing act that everyone walks between what can be done a [...]


  • Michael

    Kim Stanley Robinson has made quite the reputatation as a science-fiction writer with his Mars trilogy winning numerous awards and accolates (all of them deserved).Now, he’s back with a new trilogy. And while it would be easy to classify it as science-fiction, that might be selling the book short. Forty Signs of Rain is more than a science-fiction story, it’s a cautionary tale of what could go wrong if we don’t start paying attention to the environment.What I liked about this book is there [...]


  • Lauren

    I have to admit, I nearly gave up on this book four chapters in. It's a little all over the place, and to be honest, despite having one really strong female lead, it still felt kind of boys club to me--a book written by a guy for guys. Luckily, though, it was a book I needed to read and I had a deadline, so I kept plowing through, until suddenly I wasn't plowing anymore--I was racing down a steep hill on a super fast toboggan, holding on for dear life. And though there were still a few places wh [...]


  • Kim

    I have a weak spot for Kim Stanley Robinson, as he can generally be relied upon to write about the awakening of "neutral"/"objective" scientists as political beings, and this is the most straightforward version of that story so far.Because it is both speculative fiction and science fiction, there are some interesting history lessons contained in this trilogy, often regarding the intersection of science and party politics: e.g. the anti-Goldwater science lobby in 1964 and the subsequent anti-scie [...]


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