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Forty Signs of Rain (2004) [Novel]
by Kim Stanley Robinson Rating: Weighted - 6.3 / Average - 6.0 of 10 (3 votes) (Rate!)
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Series: Science in the Capital
Part: 1

Summary (From the publisher):

At the interface between big science and big business lies the potential for the absolute destruction or salvation of our world…Andy and Anna Quibler are very modern Americans. Anna works long hours in a high-stress job at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC. On her way there she drops off their son John at day care. Andy works from home so he can look after baby Joe, simultaneously acting as a senatorial adviser on global warming legislation.

A major scientific discovery is about to turn the couple’s lives upside down: a new algorithm that not only promises enormous long-term improvements in human health – something the big pharmaceutical conglomerates might want kept quiet – but also has the potential to significantly reduce global warming. Anna is in charge of grant applications in this area, but it looks like she has a spy in her camp. For though good intentions may underlie the discoveries that open ever more remarkable doorways into the future, human greed, on an individual, political or corporate basis, will always seek a way to exploit each new development.

Original title: Forty Signs of Rain
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionPlanets & SocietiesEcological Systems
FictionScience FictionBleak Futures

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