The Ministry for the Future
By Kim Stanley Robinson
Why this book?
Robinson’s work has long been a cornerstone of the cli-fi genre, and I love this magnum opus for its ambition and subtlety. Opening with what I think is the all-time most harrowing climate disaster story, Robinson then charts a kaleidoscopic path out of the crisis featuring geoengineering, glacier megaprojects, ecoterrorism, carbon currencies, refugee uprisings, rewilding, fixing Facebook, and airships. There was a lot to learn and digest, but in the end I came away feeling like this book was unique in how far it went to capture the truly planetary scope of climate change and all the smaller stories that implies. Come for the master class in climate politics, stay for the touching story of turning away from violence and toward unlikely friendship.
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