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    Kim Stanley Robinson(Author)

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Antarctica… Our last wilderness. But for how long? A topical future history thriller from the worldwide bestselling author of the Mars series.

Like the land it protects, the Antarctic Treaty is dissolving. The world’s last unstripped asset, Antarctica is in danger of becoming a free-for-all – oil reconnaissance teams intent on mass extraction, adventure travellers trailing waste across the tundra, and multi-national interests covertly vying for influence. But a new radical environmentalist group is determined to show humanity that Antarctica cannot be plundered like the rest of the world. Whatever it takes…

Antarctica: an eco-thriller, a romance, and a passionate study of a desolate continent. Against a majestic backdrop, multi-award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson paints his latest big picture by focusing on the personal triumphs and tragedies of the innocents, the activists, and the ruthless exploiters who are fighting their version of the future for Earth’s last great wilderness.

In the near future Wade Norton has been sent to Antarctica by Senator Phil Chase to investigate rumours of environmental sabotage. He arrives on the frozen continent and immediately begins making contact with the various scientific and political factions that comprise Antarctic society. What he finds is an interesting and diverse mix of inhabitants who don't always mesh well but who all share a common love of Antarctica and a fierce devotion to their life there. He also begins to uncover layers of Antarctic culture that have been kept hidden from the rest of the world, some of which are dangerous indeed. Events are brought to a head when the saboteurs--or "ecoteurs" as they call themselves- -launch an attack designed to drive humans off the face of Antarctica. This is Kim Stanley Robinson's first book since his award-winning Mars trilogy, and while some of the themes may be familiar to seasoned Robinson readers the book is never less than engrossing. As usual Robinson does a masterful job with the setting of his story, and anyone interested in Antarctica won't want to miss this one. --Craig Engler, Amazon.com --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • PDF | 576 pages
  • Kim Stanley Robinson(Author)
  • HarperVoyager (1 Oct. 2008)
  • English
  • 7
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By Hoverfly on 20 February 2011

    This is the second time I've read this book. The first was while sunbathing on a Greek beach in 1999 or thereabouts, perhaps not the most appropriate place to read about the world's coldest, highest, driest continent, while melting under the scorching Greek sun. I loved it then, I love it even more now. This time I started reading it in the very cold winter of 2010/2011, having experienced a little inkling of the cold that hard continent receives, perhaps. But what is the novel about?It advertises itself as an eco-thriller but that doesn't do it justice. It is a story, an exciting story revolving around four main characters. It is a story set in the not-too-distant future when the Antarctic Treaty has expired but not been renewed, due to conflicting national interests. It is about science, the bone-structure of Antarctica revealed to us from a geologist point view, the issues of the ongoing debates clearly laid down to us, the reader. It is a spiritual story, drawing together elements of Feng Shui, feral love of a place, and our connection to the earth. It is an adventure, a mountaineer's dream, an exciting tour across the mighty glaciers and ice plains of this vast continent. It is a tale of politics, love and above all else our place within nature and about how our current actions endanger our very existence. The Ross Ice Shelf has split off and is now permanent sea, thanks to global warming. The world is overpopulated, over-warm, and suffers from severe weather events, and even in cold Antarctica the weather is changing. The ice shelves are weak and moving fast. It is a book about ecology, the actions and consequences of eco-saboteurs seen through the eyes of a mountain guide Val, one of her clients Ta Shu, a Feng Shui master, a Senator's Aide Wade who flies in to investigate mysterious disappearances, and a man known as X from the downtrodden working class at McMurdo Antarctic Station. It is about everything that is wrong with capitalism, basically, set within an exciting story on ice.This second reading was interesting, and I got more from it this time. The book hasn't changed, I have, and a lot of what is written is close to my own personal beliefs. It raises a lot of issues, and raises them well without being judgmental. And it is well written, the characters well formed and believable, and exciting.

  • By Stuart Mcmillan on 24 May 2000

    If you enjor KSR's books (Mars, Gold Coast etc.), then you'll enjoy this. If you haven't read any of his books before, this is not the place to start.KSR is an author I have enjoyed for years, capable of painting beautiful and detailed pictures of the landscapes and people around the central characters.The Mars books are cold and inhospitable, and KSR paints an equally bleak picture of this frozen earhly wasteland, but takes an awful long time doing it.The characters and plot are OK, and enough to drive a determined reader through the book, however, unless you're a completist, I wouldn't put it top of your reading list.Why four stars then? The descriptions of Antarctica were enough to make me shiver and reach for that extra sweater.

  • By The Wanderer on 8 June 2008

    "Antarctica" is the tenth novel by Kim Stanley Robinson, the author of the highly-acclaimed Mars Trilogy. The story takes place in the near future, at a time when the Antarctic Treaty - designed to prohibit military involvement on the continent and to establish it as a scientific preserve - has expired, bringing Earth's last wilderness under threat. When scientific sites begin to be attacked in Antarctica, sabotage by underground environmental groups is suspected, and Wade Norton, advisor to the influential and eco-conscious US senator Phil Chase, is sent to Antarctica to investigate.As with all of Robinson's novels, "Antarctica" embodies a vast amount of detailed research, including an extended visit made by the author in 1995, sponsored by the United States' National Science Foundation. Such first-hand experience shows in his superb evocation of place: from the confines of McMurdo Station, the largest settlement on the continent, to the heights of the Transantarctic Mountains and glaciers, to the inhospitable polar ice cap and the South Pole itself. Moreover, the landscapes are infused with a heavy sense of history, with numerous stories and legends of Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton - the first explorers - referenced throughout the book. This is a wide-ranging novel concerned with heritage, science, the struggle for survival, and the balance between exploitation and understanding of our natural environment.Indeed - in common with much of Robinson's writing - it is the complex relationship of humans with their environment which lies at the heart of this novel. Although Robinson's sympathies lie ultimately in the environmentalist camp, it should be said that he is careful to acknowledge competing attitudes. Every one of his characters has their own Antarctica, so to speak, and we are made to feel sympathetic not only to the scientific establishment, but also to the industrial interests of the less economically developed world, the ecoteurs, and those (the 'ferals') attempting to live self-sustainably and permanently on the continent. The novel's single failing in this respect is that it is hampered in the end by a search for resolution, rather than allowing the debate to linger in the reader's mind.For most of the novel the pace of the narrative is slow, and except for a period of about 150 pages in the middle, there is little action or tension - two factors which many readers may find frustrating. However, this is a novel driven more by ideas rather than by plot or by character. It is hard to imagine that a shorter book - or one more tightly-plotted - could have done justice to the vastness of the subject as Robinson achieves here.All in all, "Antartica" is an absorbing and rich imagining of what is often perceived to be a sterile and hostile place. With global warming becoming an increasingly pressing issue, it arguably has even more relevance now than when it was first published in 1997, depicting the unspoilt environment we could lose all too soon.


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