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The Ministry for the Future Reviews

The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Ministry for the Future

Kim Stanley Robinson

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2 reviews

Imprint: Orbit
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 8 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9780356508832

From the visionary New York Times bestselling author of New York 2140 comes a near-future novel that is a gripping exploration of climate change, technology, politics, and the human behaviours that drive these forces.

4 stars out of 5
Simon Ings
4 Mar 2021

"a tale as sincerely thought out in human terms as it’s technically well researched"

Mary Murphy, former foreign minister of Ireland, leads the Ministry for the Future (the nickname for a new international climate-crisis body) into deep and ever-deepening water in this story of geo-engineers trying to ensure our species’ planetary survival. Not only must they work in the teeth of runaway climate change; they face antagonistic groups whose opposition comes in all shades from the principled to the panicked to the positively malign. It’s a tale as sincerely thought out in human terms as it’s technically well researched.

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4 stars out of 5
Steven Poole
20 Nov 2020

" There is no shortage of sardonic humour here, a cosmopolitan range of sympathies, and a steely, visionary optimism."

Robinson shows that an ambitious systems novel about global heating must in fact be an ambitious systems novel about modern civilisation too, because everything is so interdependent. Luckily, when he opens one of his discursive interludes with the claim “Taxes are interesting”, he makes good on it within two pages. There is no shortage of sardonic humour here, a cosmopolitan range of sympathies, and a steely, visionary optimism.