The Ministry for the Future

The Ministry for the Future

3.89 (20,931 ratings by Goodreads)
3.89 (20,931 ratings by Goodreads)

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ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVOURITE READS OF THE YEAR

'If I could get policymakers and citizens everywhere to read just one book this year, it would be Kim Stanley Robinson's The Ministry for the Future' Ezra Klein, Vox

'A great read' Bill Gates

The Ministry for the Future is a masterpiece of the imagination, using fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all. Its setting is not a desolate, postapocalyptic world, but a future that is almost upon us. Chosen by Barack Obama as one of his favorite books of the year, this extraordinary novel from visionary writer Kim Stanley Robinson will change the way you think about the climate crisis.

'A novel that presents a rousing vision of how we might unite to overcome the greatest challenge of our time' TED.com

'A breathtaking look at the challenges that face our planet in all their sprawling magnitude and also in their intimate, individual moments of humanity' Booklist (starred review)

'Gutsy, humane . . . a must-read for anyone worried about the future of the planet' Publishers Weekly (starred review)

'A sweeping epic about climate change and humanity's efforts to try and turn the tide before it's too late' Polygon (Best of the Year)

'Steely, visionary optimism' Guardian
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Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 40mm | 400g
  • Little, Brown
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780356508863
  • 531

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Bestseller Robinson again tackles climate change head-on in this gutsy, humane view of a near-future Earth careening toward collapse . . . Robinson masterfully integrates the practical details of environmental crises and geoengineering projects into a sweeping, optimistic portrait of humanity's ability to cooperate in the face of disaster. This heartfelt work of hard science-fiction is a must-read for anyone worried about the future of the planet Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Bestseller Robinson again tackles climate change head-on in this gutsy, humane view of a near-future Earth careening toward collapse . . . Robinson masterfully integrates the practical details of environmental crises and geoengineering projects into a sweeping, optimistic portrait of humanity's ability to cooperate in the face of disaster. This heartfelt work of hard science-fiction is a must-read for anyone worried about the future of the planet * Publishers Weekly (starred review) * A breathtaking look at the challenges that face our planet in all their sprawling magnitude and also in their intimate, individual moments of humanity * Booklist * Steely, visionary optimism * Guardian * A panoramic epic, the best science fiction-nonfiction novel I've ever read * Jonathan Lethem, Vanity Fair * The Ministry for the Future is a great read. Robinson has written a novel that presents the urgency of this crisis in an original way and leaves readers with hope that we can do something about it. The next chapter in the story of our planet is still being written, and the ending is up to us * Bill Gates * Robinson is one of the world's finest working novelists, in any genre. New York 2140 is a towering novel about a genuinely grave threat to civilisation -- GUARDIAN A masterpiece * The Times * A deeply realised world that feels more like a peep into our future than a work of fiction * New Scientist * Robinson seamlessly binds together characters and narrative strands . . . An immensely enjoyable reading experience * SciFiNow * Robinson's writing is so evocative that you can imagine that any one of his paragraphs could feature in the film of the book . . . a thoughtful, innovative page turner -- STARBURST Any new novel by the great Kim Stanley Robinson is always an event and Red Moon doesn't disappoint * Independent * Even at 600-plus pages, there's a leanness to the prose that keeps the plot moving forwards . . . Robinson handles setpieces with aplomb -- SFX A wise and big-hearted novel to read and then, straight away, read again * SFX * Another stellar effort from one of the masters of the genre * Booklist * It's near impossible to capture the vibrance of the entire city in the span of one single novel, yet Kim Stanley Robinson manages to do just that and more -- NEWSWEEK Like all great sci-fi, New York 2140 is as much inward-looking as it is forward- . . . Robinson's work has a strong, intelligent social conscience -- GQ The lunar landscape is a source of beautifully described detail * Kirkus * A compelling vision of the future * Science * Starkly beautiful and fundamentally optimistic -- THE CONVERSATION Only sci-fi can drown Manhattan and make you want to live there -- BLOOMBERG BUSINESS WEEK One of the finest writers of his generation * Locus * Beautiful descriptions of lunar landscapes * Guardian * This may well be Robinson's masterpiece and is surely the most important piece of sf in years -- MORNING STAR Sci-fi fans will love the detail and the optimism about humanity's future in space * Wall Street Journal * There have been more than a few environmental catastrophe tales set in
a future New York, but possibly none of them have been this interesting -- LOCUS One of the most exciting books in climate change fiction yet written... Both immensely readable and timely -- LITHUB Utterly immersive and unexpectedly hopeful -- RT BOOK REVIEWS
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About Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy, 2312, Aurora and New York 2140. In 2008, he was named a 'Hero of the Environment' by Time, and he works with the Sierra Nevada research institute. He lives in Davis, California.
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4 37% (7,800)
3 22% (4,687)
2 7% (1,467)
1 2% (428)
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