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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (1 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007304889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007304882
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,490,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kim Stanley Robinson has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. He is the author of over twenty previous books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the highly acclaimed FORTY SIGNS OF RAIN. He lives in Davis, California.

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In the near future Wade Norton has been sent to Antarctica by Senator Phil Chase to investigate rumours of environmental sabotage. He arrives on the frozen continent and immediately begins making contact with the various scientific and political factions that comprise Antarctic society. What he finds is an interesting and diverse mix of inhabitants who don't always mesh well but who all share a common love of Antarctica and a fierce devotion to their life there. He also begins to uncover layers of Antarctic culture that have been kept hidden from the rest of the world, some of which are dangerous indeed. Events are brought to a head when the saboteurs--or "ecoteurs" as they call themselves--launch an attack designed to drive humans off the face of Antarctica. This is Kim Stanley Robinson's first book since his award-winning Mars trilogy, and while some of the themes may be familiar to seasoned Robinson readers the book is never less than engrossing. As usual Robinson does a masterful job with the setting of his story, and anyone interested in Antarctica won't want to miss this one. --Craig Engler, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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‘If I had to choose one writer whose work will set the standard for science fiction in the future, it would be Kim Stanley Robinson’
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‘A tour de force of adventure writing… The most important writer currently interested in real science… 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’
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Mcmillan on 24 May 2000
Format: Paperback
If you enjor KSR's books (Mars, Gold Coast etc.), then you'll enjoy this. If you haven't read any of his books before, this is not the place to start.
KSR is an author I have enjoyed for years, capable of painting beautiful and detailed pictures of the landscapes and people around the central characters.
The Mars books are cold and inhospitable, and KSR paints an equally bleak picture of this frozen earhly wasteland, but takes an awful long time doing it.
The characters and plot are OK, and enough to drive a determined reader through the book, however, unless you're a completist, I wouldn't put it top of your reading list.
Why four stars then? The descriptions of Antarctica were enough to make me shiver and reach for that extra sweater.
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"Antarctica" is the tenth novel by Kim Stanley Robinson, the author of the highly-acclaimed Mars Trilogy. The story takes place in the near future, at a time when the Antarctic Treaty - designed to prohibit military involvement on the continent and to establish it as a scientific preserve - has expired, bringing Earth's last wilderness under threat. When scientific sites begin to be attacked in Antarctica, sabotage by underground environmental groups is suspected, and Wade Norton, advisor to the influential and eco-conscious US senator Phil Chase, is sent to Antarctica to investigate.

As with all of Robinson's novels, "Antarctica" embodies a vast amount of detailed research, including an extended visit made by the author in 1995, sponsored by the United States' National Science Foundation. Such first-hand experience shows in his superb evocation of place: from the confines of McMurdo Station, the largest settlement on the continent, to the heights of the Transantarctic Mountains and glaciers, to the inhospitable polar ice cap and the South Pole itself. Moreover, the landscapes are infused with a heavy sense of history, with numerous stories and legends of Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton - the first explorers - referenced throughout the book. This is a wide-ranging novel concerned with heritage, science, the struggle for survival, and the balance between exploitation and understanding of our natural environment.

Indeed - in common with much of Robinson's writing - it is the complex relationship of humans with their environment which lies at the heart of this novel. Although Robinson's sympathies lie ultimately in the environmentalist camp, it should be said that he is careful to acknowledge competing attitudes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Aug 1999
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This is an amazing book, full of vivid descriptions of Antarctica and careful renderings of personalities and situations. The most disturbing thing about the book is that it presents a frighteningly realistic picture of the possible future. This book is highly reccomended and it's made me want to visit Antarctica just to find out how much is true!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hoverfly on 20 Feb 2011
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This is the second time I've read this book. The first was while sunbathing on a Greek beach in 1999 or thereabouts, perhaps not the most appropriate place to read about the world's coldest, highest, driest continent, while melting under the scorching Greek sun. I loved it then, I love it even more now. This time I started reading it in the very cold winter of 2010/2011, having experienced a little inkling of the cold that hard continent receives, perhaps. But what is the novel about?

It advertises itself as an eco-thriller but that doesn't do it justice. It is a story, an exciting story revolving around four main characters. It is a story set in the not-too-distant future when the Antarctic Treaty has expired but not been renewed, due to conflicting national interests. It is about science, the bone-structure of Antarctica revealed to us from a geologist point view, the issues of the ongoing debates clearly laid down to us, the reader. It is a spiritual story, drawing together elements of Feng Shui, feral love of a place, and our connection to the earth. It is an adventure, a mountaineer's dream, an exciting tour across the mighty glaciers and ice plains of this vast continent. It is a tale of politics, love and above all else our place within nature and about how our current actions endanger our very existence. The Ross Ice Shelf has split off and is now permanent sea, thanks to global warming. The world is overpopulated, over-warm, and suffers from severe weather events, and even in cold Antarctica the weather is changing. The ice shelves are weak and moving fast.
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By A Customer on 13 July 1999
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In this book, Mr Robinson has colorfully described the life and adventures of the people working in Antarctica, from the scientists ('beakers') to the mountaineers, to the 'nobodys'.
How the complications of the political and the environmental issues might change the survival of the last 'pure' continent on Earth. How the influence of the 'beakers' can shift the way the place is treated by the Antarctic Treaty countries.
At the same time experience the Travels of Scott, Amundsen, Cherry-Garrard as the pioneers of the continent. The survival in the sub-zero temperature and the beauty of the nunataks, mointains, snow, wind and ice. To find, to see, to strive and not to yield!
A book for people who wondered about the empty continent, scientifically and adventurously.
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