John W. Campbell Memorial Award: Best Novel nominee (2000).
About a hundred years from now, pollution, overpopulation, and ecological disasters have left the rich nations still rich, and the poor nations – the Lands of the Lost – slowly strangling in drought and pollution. New York City is below sea level, surrounded by a seawall. The climate in Paris is much like the twentieth-century climate of long-drowned New Orleans. And Siberia, Golden Siberia, is the crop-land of the world.
Still, for the international corporations and businesses who make a profit on technofixing the environment – the Big Blue Machine – it is business as usual: sell what you can where you can whenever you can. It is better to be rich. But it all may be coming to a terrible end: a scientist has predicted Condition Venus, the sudden greenhouse downfall of the entire planet – but she can't say when.
So now the attention of the world is focused for a week on a UN conference on the Environment in Paris, where all hell is about to break loose.
Norman Spinrad (born 1940) is a science fiction icon and the author of more than twenty novels which have been translated into over a dozen languages. His 1969 novel, Bug Jack Barron, was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards and his short fiction collection, The Star-Spangled Future, was a National Book Award finalist. He has also written screenplays for American television series, including the original Star Trek. He lives in New York.
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