Termination Shock

By Neal Stephenson,

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author returns with a visionary technothriller about climate change

'Stephenson's reputation as a sci-fi titan is deserved' Sunday Times

'His most visionary, and timely, book yet' Chicago Review of Books

'Absorbing speculative fiction' Guardian

'Brilliantly entertaining... at science fiction's cutting edge' SFX

'Ingenious and…

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One of Stephenson’s most recent novels, Termination Shock is a present-day story about an eccentric billionaire who takes on climate change. As the former lead energy and transportation economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisers who helped craft a lot of the legislation that governs climate change policy today, I’m often annoyed at how often writers are wrong about both the science and the economics of climate change. This novel is one of the more accurate representations of both the urgency and scope of the climate problem that avoids the fearmongering, while still telling a fun adventure story…

What if a gas station billionaire decided to save the planet from oil by using the world’s biggest gun to dim the sun? Oh, and he teamed up with the Queen of the Netherlands and the Captain Ahab of feral hog hunters to do it. I’m a fan of Stephenson’s colorful characters and addictive, page-turning plots. This one is particularly provocative, making a technological case for geoengineering and arguing that the fossil fuel industry is too entrenched to go away overnight. What I enjoyed most, however, was the exploration of the history and geography of real locales: Texas, Punjab, Papua,…

From Andrew's list on the politics of climate change.

Tidelands: Ghosts and Monsters

By Gareth J. Southwell,

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Gareth J. Southwell

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In a flooded city on the brink of collapse, the arcology provides a high-tech haven – for those who can afford it. Here, safe in her pampered confinement, Eva longs for escape. But each day she is made to play The Game, a mysterious virtual environment that seems more designed to monitor and test than to entertain.

Outside, life is a different story, where unregulated tech spawns nightmares to rival those of fairtytale and folklore – ghosts and monsters, the no-longer-human and the never-should-have-been. Here, Squirrel is a memory thief, eking out a fraught existence in service to the criminal…

Tidelands: Ghosts and Monsters

By Gareth J. Southwell,

What is this book about?

Tidelands is an ongoing sci-fi and fantasy serial. Set some years in the future, it is a dystopian blend of cyberpunk, first contact, Lovecraftian horror and dark humour.

In a flooded city on the brink of collapse, the arcology provides a high-tech haven – for those who can afford it. Here, safe in her pampered confinement, Eva longs for escape. But each day she is made to play The Game, a mysterious virtual environment that seems more designed to monitor and test than to entertain.

Outside, life is a different story, where unregulated tech spawns nightmares to rival those of…


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