Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanely Robinson
Bantam HCVR: ISBN 0553803115 PubDate: 06/01/04
Review by Ernest Lilley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
384 pgs. List price $25
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A confluence of events. That’s what this book of climactic change is about, and set in Washington DC and its nearby environs, I’m vastly bemused by the fact that I’m sitting here in a Starbucks across from the Pentagon writing this review. A location that at any second the characters in this excellent expository adventure might walk through, as accurately realized as only Robinson realizes things. From his knowledge of the ins and outs of the National Science Foundation, the impact of global warming on polar ice, and other big issues, to the feel of the DC Metro, the hustle of Starbucks staff (unique in the world of baristas, and only in select DC stores) and the campus-like feel of
DC, KSR knows of whence he speaks. Speaking of speaking, he’ll be giving a talk at the NSF on Wed June 16th.
A chapter from the end of the book, I
was reluctant to finish it. First off, it’s probably epilogue. Secondly, that means I’d have to wait for the next book…because I already know it’s a trilogy.