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, ...
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.
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As a veteran of 3 Antarctic science seasons as a "Herc" pilot for the U.S. Navy, I was astounded by the author's exceptional knowledge of the Antarctic continent..."The Ice". The precision of his topographical descriptions, McMurdo and South Pole Station layouts, "ice" lingo and the general psychological and sociological interactions between the "carharts" and "beekers" is incredible. The slightly futuristic setting of the story, the interesting characters and the weaving of actual early antarctic expeditions within the plot create an adventure well worth reading for anyone, especially those fascinated by the Frozen Continent. For Mr. Robinson....well done. ( It was actually a total of 17 years between XD-04's crash, recovery and flight back north. I flew it when it came back down for operations!)
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