Fifty Degrees Below

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Random House Publishing Group, Oct 25, 2005 - Fiction - 416 pages
Set in our nation’s capital, here is a chillingly realistic tale of people caught in the collision of science, technology, and the consequences of global warming.

When the storm got bad, Frank Vanderwal was in his office at the National Science Foundation. When it was over, large chunks of San Diego had eroded into the sea, and D.C. was underwater. Everything Frank and his colleagues feared had culminated in this disaster. And now the world was looking to them to fix it.

But even as D.C. bails itself out, a more extreme climate change looms. The melting polar ice caps are shutting down the warm Gulf Stream waters—meaning Ice Age conditions could return. And the last time that happened, eleven thousand years ago, it took just three years to start.…

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This hybrid novel is part science fact, part science fiction, part politics and part political thriller, part romance novel and part ecological tract. And the description of the political machinations and corruption is strikingly prescient for 2017. Read full review

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Kim Stanley Robinson is probably my favorite writer right now so I was a bit disappointed with the first novel in this series (it just felt like nothing much happened). This one was an improvement but ... Read full review

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KIM STANLEY ROBINSON is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards. He is the author of ten previous books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain, The Years of Rice and Salt, and Antarctica–for which he was sent to the Antarctic by the U.S. National Science Foundation as part of their Antarctic Artists and Writers' Program. He lives in Davis, California.

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