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The ministry for the future de Kim Stanley…

The ministry for the future (edição: 2020)

de Kim Stanley Robinson

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Título:The ministry for the future
Autores:Kim Stanley Robinson
Informação:London : Orbit, 2020
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The Ministry for the Future de Kim Stanley Robinson


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This is a weird piece of speculative fiction set in the near future. It's more about educating the reader about likely scenarios caused by climate change and social injustice than a typical novel with protagonists. It is both informative and ultimately too scary-real. The upbeat, utopian resolution is hard to believe based on the challenges presented. Surely humanity is clever but also too selfish to act in time without tremendous hardship and perhaps extinction. Very though provoking. ( )
  ghefferon | Sep 30, 2021 |
Robinson is prolific, having written 21 novels and numerous essays and short stories. His works are varied in style, some with nontraditional narrative structures. All of them are meticulously researched with Robinson’s characteristic scientific fluency. Many are what might be termed “near future science fiction”, focusing on his concerns about the course of future human challenges. Among these, a subset could be called “climate fiction”, and these include his mid-2000s Science in the Capital trilogy, starting with Forty Signs of Rain, set in the intersection between climate and policy in Washington. He followed these a decade later with New York 2140, a story of resilience in a partially submerged Manhattan - Venice-like - that owes much to the spirit of Dos Passos.

So KSR has been thinking deeply about climate for a long time. The Ministry for the Future feels like the culmination of this body of work. But it's the culmination from a particular point of view. A fictional Ministry for the Future works out of Zurich, established by the Paris Climate Accords. Its responsibility is to advocate for future generations who are not yet present to advocate for themselves. As such, this is KSR’s vision of climate mitigation, and he tosses the kitchen sink at the problem. Not for the purpose of promiscuously unburdening himself from every idea in his head, but with the idea that if we are to survive the coming catastrophe, every possible approach is worth trying and may play a role.

It’s hard not to admire the research that went into this novel, and to consider that he’s on to something. The scope is vast, from pumping glacier melt and refreezing it in Antarctica, to establishing habitat corridors for animal conservation, establishing a globally-accepted carbon coin that financially incentivizes keeping carbon in the ground, to contending with the increasing violence of ecoterrorism.

Should you read this for its novelistic charm? Not necessarily. But he’s so remarkably thorough in his imagining of how we might approach climate change, that it seems that everyone might profitably read this if only not to be so demoralized. It's a tonic for the paralyzed. All is not yet lost.

Robinson is an optimist. It’s time to get started. ( )
  stellarexplorer | Sep 26, 2021 |
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 |
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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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