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The Ministry for the Future

The Kitschies Red Tentacle, 2021

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780356508863

Price: £9.99

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‘If I could get policymakers and citizens everywhere to read just one book this year, it would be Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the FutureEzra Klein, Vox

The Ministry for the Future is a masterpiece of the imagination, using fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all. Its setting is not a desolate, postapocalyptic world, but a future that is almost upon us. Chosen by Barack Obama as one of his favorite books of the year, this extraordinary novel from visionary writer Kim Stanley Robinson will change the way you think about the climate crisis.

‘A novel that presents a rousing vision of how we might unite to overcome the greatest challenge of our time’ TED.com

‘A breathtaking look at the challenges that face our planet in all their sprawling magnitude and also in their intimate, individual moments of humanity’ Booklist (starred review)

‘Gutsy, humane . . . a must-read for anyone worried about the future of the planet’ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

‘A sweeping epic about climate change and humanity’s efforts to try and turn the tide before it’s too late’ Polygon (Best of the Year)

‘Steely, visionary optimism’ Guardian

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Only sci-fi can drown Manhattan and make you want to live there
Sci-fi fans will love the detail and the optimism about humanity's future in space
Wall Street Journal
Even at 600-plus pages, there's a leanness to the prose that keeps the plot moving forwards . . . Robinson handles setpieces with aplomb
The lunar landscape is a source of beautifully described detail
Bestseller Robinson again tackles climate change head-on in this gutsy, humane view of a near-future Earth careening toward collapse . . . Robinson masterfully integrates the practical details of environmental crises and geoengineering projects into a sweeping, optimistic portrait of humanity's ability to cooperate in the face of disaster. This heartfelt work of hard science-fiction is a must-read for anyone worried about the future of the planet
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Utterly immersive and unexpectedly hopeful
A panoramic epic, the best science fiction-nonfiction novel I've ever read
Jonathan Lethem, Vanity Fair
There have been more than a few environmental catastrophe tales set in a future New York, but possibly none of them have been this interesting
One of the finest writers of his generation
Any new novel by the great Kim Stanley Robinson is always an event and Red Moon doesn't disappoint
A wise and big-hearted novel to read and then, straight away, read again
Another stellar effort from one of the masters of the genre
Robinson is one of the world's finest working novelists, in any genre. New York 2140 is a towering novel about a genuinely grave threat to civilisation
This may well be Robinson's masterpiece and is surely the most important piece of sf in years
Steely, visionary optimism
A compelling vision of the future
Starkly beautiful and fundamentally optimistic
A masterpiece
The Times
One of the most exciting books in climate change fiction yet written... Both immensely readable and timely
A breathtaking look at the challenges that face our planet in all their sprawling magnitude and also in their intimate, individual moments of humanity
A deeply realised world that feels more like a peep into our future than a work of fiction
New Scientist
Like all great sci-fi, New York 2140 is as much inward-looking as it is forward- . . . Robinson's work has a strong, intelligent social conscience
Robinson seamlessly binds together characters and narrative strands . . . An immensely enjoyable reading experience
Terrific . . . a stimulating and engaging story, spanning decades and continents, packed with fascinating ideas and people
Bill Gates
Robinson's writing is so evocative that you can imagine that any one of his paragraphs could feature in the film of the book . . . a thoughtful, innovative page turner
It's near impossible to capture the vibrance of the entire city in the span of one single novel, yet Kim Stanley Robinson manages to do just that and more
Beautiful descriptions of lunar landscapes