Fifty Degrees Below Paperback – 4 Oct 2010
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‘The BRAVE NEW WORLD of global warming … A narrative that is rich in closely observed characters and a wonderfully vivid sense of place … depicts a society sleep-walking towards the abyss … His great achievement here is to bring the practice of science alive and to place this in an all-too familiar world of greedy capitalists and unprincipled politicians. Robinson's critique of science is heartfelt … humans have gone from being the smartest animal on the savannah to being "experts at denial".’ P.D. Smith GUARDIAN
‘A funny, convincing, intelligent book’ Kim Newman, INDEPENDENT
'Kim Stanley Robinson is freed by his medium – fiction – to deliver [a] message with passion and restraint … A great book' NEW SCIENTIST
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About the Author
Kim Stanley Robinson was born in 1952 and, after travelling and working around the world, has now
settled in his beloved California. He is widely regarded as the finest science fiction writer working today, noted as much for the verisimilitude of his characters as the meticulously researched hard science basis of his work. He has won just about every major sf award there is to win and is the author of the massively successful and lavishly praised Mars series.
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Top Customer Reviews
Fifty Degrees Below is a catastrophe novel which has tremendously good credentials. Robinson knows the theory behind global warming and he sites his novel at the heart of America's National Science Foundation, with a group of people, including Frank, who just might have the solution to the problem. Or one of several solutions, as it happens. It is also election-year and a credible candidate who has all the right ecological ideas has arisen and is muddying the political waters.
In this discomforting thriller, we are given a kind of treatise of what to expect when the earth's carbon resources are approaching critical depletion because of the warming effect of greenhouse gases. In approachable prose we learn some of the reasons why this results in - not warming but freezing. Those with an interest in environmental disaster scenarios will be well and truly hooked. There is a visit to a devastated Tibetan refugee enclave as well as intriguing side plots, one of which involves a teasing love-affair with a woman whose husband is a master of the black arts of metal bit technology and data mining. Robinson manages a wide and disparate number of plot-lines with consummate ease.
Fifty Degrees Below lives up to its chilling title and is a very good read.
If you haven't read any other book by Robinson, this is probably not a good place to start.
This book is quite good at revealing the machinations of the U.S government and the politics of climate change. It has a notable environmental narrative which finds the main characters in the book working together to sink a giant fresh water bubble that is threatening oceanic sea temperatures. There is a lot of environmental science riddling the narrative, but this works for the book, not against it, as most of the environmental science is actually quite interesting. The book does a good job of describing the pitfalls of working against various lobby groups within the U.S energy industry as well as the government itself. Interestingly enough the romantic pursuits of the main character provide more interest to the reader than anything else in the book, betraying a distinct lack of direction in the novel. Although the book is long, it somehow seems to end prematurely although this saves it from banality and more importantly from turning into a rambling overture on climate change.
Also, stop using Fahrenheit please. It's meant to be about scientists and scientists don't use Fahrenheit. I would have given it three stars but I'm taking one off for this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dystopian, "Cli-fi" novel. End of the world climate change disaster novel, with some hippy elements. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John
Great ideas, but just soooo slow to read.
Keep thinking that I want it to be made in to a TV show scripted by Aaron Sorkin
A nice read with most parts drawing together at the end.however there are a good many loose ends so the last book has some work to do.Published 17 months ago by Cowboy36
You get immersed in the storyline and you feel cold. What if it really happens? How will we in England survive?Published on 19 Sept. 2013 by S. Kelly
Have'nt reading it yet as I am reading another book but the looking forward to it as his first book was fantasticPublished on 6 Nov. 2012 by pauline
took me a few evenings to read, and now i am annoyed, what a waste of my time.
This book is drivel, story goes nowhere,in-fact the story is it got a bit cold in... Read more