Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson

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From the award-winning author of the Mars Trilogy comes a thrilling new novel....

Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Hugo and Nebula award-winning Mars trilogy, is one of the most original and visionary writers of fiction today. Now, in his latest novel, he takes us to a harsh, alien landscape covered by a sheet of ice two miles deep. This is no distant planet--it is the last pure wilderness on earth.

A stark and inhospitable place, its landscape poses a challenge to survival; yet its strange, silent beauty has long fascinated scientists and adventurers. Now Antarctica faces an uncertain future. The international treaty that protects the continent is about to dissolve, clearing the way for Antarctica's resources and eerie beauty to be plundered. As politicians and corporations move to determine its fate from half a world away, radical environmentalists carry out a covert campaign of sabotage to reclaim the land. The winner of this critical battle will determine the future for this last great wilderness....

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About Kim Stanley Robinson

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Kim Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, Sixty Days and Counting, The Years of Rice and Salt, Antarctica, Galileo, and 2312. In 2008, he was named a "Hero of the Environment" by Time magazine, and he recently joined in the Sequoia Parks Foundation's Artists in the Back Country program. He lives in Davis, California.
Published July 8, 2010 by Bantam. 674 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(July) FYI: Each of Robinson's last three novels, Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars, won either a Hugo or a Nebula.

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A wide variety of conveniently over-informed point-of-view characters spout unrelieved history and politics like faucets when they aren't musing over the pasts that brought them to such a desolate area, admiring the views with rapturous scientific detail or plumbing the thesaurus for new synonyms...

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In many ways, this novel is to Robinson's Mars Trilogy what Antarctica is to Mars: smaller in scale, closer at hand, and not so sexy -- but uncannily alike in several regards.

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Set in the unspecified near future, Robinson's sprawling tale has villains (greedy corporations and unscrupulous politicians, of course, intent upon tapping the continent's natural resources regardless of the environmental consequences) and heroes (radical environmentalists who want to preserve t...

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In 1995 Robinson spent some time in Antarctica at the invitation of the National Science Foundation and his experiences resulted in this novel.

Sep 21 2007 | Read Full Review of Antarctica

He finally cuts loose on a Jimi Hendrix tune and escapes "to that distant place of pain and suffering that was the world, all those nights playing unheard in those bars while he played about the ice, his blues and the South Pole Blues become one and the same, the blues of someone who had to come ...

Jul 02 1998 | Read Full Review of Antarctica

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