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The Ministry for the Future: A Novel (edição: 2020)

de Kim Stanley Robinson (Autor)

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Título:The Ministry for the Future: A Novel
Autores:Kim Stanley Robinson (Autor)
Informação:Orbit (2020), Edition: 1st, 576 pages
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Etiquetas:climate change, near future, science fiction, global governance, American fiction

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The Ministry for the Future de Kim Stanley Robinson

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I read Samuel Miller McDonald's penetrating review of the book, The Ministry for the Future, or Do Authors Dream of Electric Jeeps? -- in Current Affairs -- https://www.currentaffairs.org/2021/01/the-ministry-for-the-future-or-do-authors.... Highly recommended. ( )
  pheinrich | Sep 19, 2021 |
This story is too uplifting to be realistic and requires some suspension of disbelief, but we'll find out in the years to come. As said in the synopsis, KSR explores a possible non-dystopian timeline where humanity just manages to get an impeding ecosphere collapse under control.

Wishful thinking? In my opinion, yes. I think an alternate version of this novel would've warranted a 5/5 if the story actually went for the collapse route at the 50% mark. Nevertheless, still an interesting read reminiscent of the Mars Trilogy. ( )
  fmqa | Sep 5, 2021 |
i loved this. loosely, an novel of environmental sf, built around the implementation of a set of blueprints for dealing with climate change across the next forty years or so, set into motion here by a deadly heat disaster in India in 2025. it's passionate, it's filled with ideas, and it never loses focus - or hope. Robinson's clear-sighted views on the urgency of climate change, a feature of his long career, are tempered by his humanist outlook and his kind of heartwarming confidence that real change is yet possible even at this point in time. it involves changing the culture, the world economy, the political climate, and the harnessing of applied science, but he makes it feel not only possible but actually doable, instead of yielding to the inevitability of a massively dystopian result. ( )
  macha | Aug 28, 2021 |
My relationship with KSR's books since the "Mars" Trilogy has been a mixed bag, and even with "Blue Mars" the didacticism of it all was starting to get to me. "Years of Salt and Rice" left me wondering what I had just read, and I just bounced off "2312" and "Red Moon." So, it was with a certain sense of grim determination that I approached this novel, but I figured that if anyone was going to tackle the "Long Emergency" in the depth it deserves it was going to be KSR, and, you know, the man didn't let me down.

Sure, all the issues that people have had with Robinson's writing are still in play, but in giving you a vision of how coping with world climate disaster might play out in a relatively positive way, while at the same time assuming the orneriness of events as a constant, this is the current gold standard for near-term science fiction and the most important issue facing human survival; apart from World War III. In that respect, the book might be a little too optimistic! I suspect that what makes this book work in the end is the character of Mary Murphy, a hard-headed international official who approaches her job as being the bearer of bad news and hard solutions with real vim and vigor. ( )
  Shrike58 | Aug 17, 2021 |
I have had the audiobook of Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future (Hachette Audio) bubbling under in the background for a couple of weeks or more now. It focuses on the climate crisis with a big bang introduction where wet bulb temperatures reach 35 in India, the temperature at which humans start dropping dead. A foreign journalist survives and their story interlinks with others who are involved in actions designed to force action, and the Ministry for the Future considers what lengths it should go to in order to effect that change. Should it have a black ops division designed to take out the half dozen or so most guilty billionaire abusers, or should air travel and eco unfriendly power sources be targeted? As planes start falling out of the sky and airships thrive, is there a cell already in place that the head of the Ministry knows nothing about? The action is interspersed with science and exploration of the operations that might make a difference, from pumping water from underneath glaciers and on top of the Arctic ice, to carbon capture and solar geo-engineering. Not sure how accurate the science is but it’s intriguing to examine the impact in a fictional form. I’m about halfway through and it’s a good addition to the holiday, though Test Match Special competes strongly when available. ( )
  davidroche | Aug 12, 2021 |
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Robinson is a writer who believes fiction can make a difference to the world. His latest is a bold docu-fictional extrapolation of how humanity might tackle the climate crisis, blending practical ideas and information with vivid prose – the astonishing opening chapter, in which a heatwave kills millions, will stay with me for a very long time. Robinson knows we can’t be saved by a single heroic flourish but by difficult, drawn-out and, above all, collective labour. A crucial book for our time.
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