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Monday, May 14, 2007

Kim Stanley Robinson's "Science in the Capital" Series

One of my favorite writers is Kim Stanley Robinson, and he's recently completed a trilogy commonly referred to as the "Science in the Capital" series.

The trilogy is made up of the novels, Forty Signs of Rain (2004), Fifty Degrees Below (2005), and Sixty Days and Counting (2007).

As written at Wikipedia:

This series explores the consequences of global warming, both on a global level, and as it affects the main characters: several employees of the National Science Foundation and those close to them. A recurring theme of Robinson's that returns in this series is that of Buddhist philosophy, which is represented in the series by the agency of ambassadors from Khembalung, a fictional Buddhist micro-state located on an offshore island in the Ganges delta. Their state is threatened by rising sea levels, and the reaction of the Khembalis is compared to that of the Washingtonians.
If you like intelligent hard science novels, have an interest in climate change and D.C. intrigue, you might enjoy these novels. I'm just finishing up the second of the three books.

Kim Stanley Robinson places his novels in the near, almost contemporary, future. He likes free spirited main characters, does his homework on the science, and presents realistic, compelling and memorable stories. Perhaps the best of these were the novels that made up his award winning Mars trilogy.

If you haven't read any Kim Stanley Robinson, I highly recommend his work.

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