Termination shock : a novel

by Stephenson, Neal,

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Summary

From Neal Stephenson -- who coined the term "metaverse" in his 1992 novel Snow Crash -- comes a sweeping, prescient new thriller that transports readers to a near-future world in which the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of superstorms, rising sea levels, global flooding, merciless heat waves, and virulent, deadly pandemics.

One man - visionary billionaire restaurant chain magnate T. R. Schmidt, Ph.D. - has a Big Idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as "elemental." But will it work? And just as important, what are the consequences for the planet and all of humanity should it be applied?

Ranging from the Texas heartland to the Dutch royal palace in the Hague, from the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the sunbaked Chihuahuan Desert, Termination Shock brings together a disparate group of characters from different cultures and continents who grapple with the real-life repercussions of global warming. Ultimately, it asks the question: Might the cure be worse than the disease?

Epic in scope while heartbreakingly human in perspective, Termination Shock sounds a clarion alarm, ponders potential solutions and dire risks, and wraps it all together in an exhilarating, witty, mind-expanding speculative adventure.

Additional Information
Subjects Climatic changes -- Fiction.
World politics -- Fiction.
Billionaires -- Fiction.
Dystopian fiction.
Science fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher New York, NY :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes Map on lining papers.
Description 708 pages : map ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780063028050
0063028050
9780063028067
0063028069
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