good overview of Antarctica - a mix of scientific info, good characters with compelling stories, and an underlying message
If you are facinated by Antarctica, this novel tells a good story while providing insight on the frozen continent.
Great KSR--lots of accurate science and history with well developed characters and a gripping story.
The description of the geology of Antarctica is absolutely riveting. Its a good story to boot. I could not put this book down.
It is a stark and inhospitable place, where the landscape itself poses challenge to survival, yet its strange, silent beauty has long fascinated scientists and adventurers. Explorers have crossed this vast, frozen terrain for many reasons: to stand in awe before the volcanic Mount Erebus or Antarctica's other natural wonders, to fathom the mysteries of ages past, to exploit its great stores of untapped mineral wealth, or to pit themselves against this cold, unforgiving continent.
Now Antarctica faces an uncertain future. The international treaty which protects the continent is about to dissolve, clearing the way for Antarctica's resources to be plundered, is erie beauty to be savaged. As politicians wrangle over its fate from half a world away, major corporations begin probing for its hidden riches. Adventurers come, as they have for more than a century, seeking the wild, untamed land even as they endanger it with their ever-growing numbers. And radical environmentalists carry out a covert campaign of sabotage to reclaim the land from those who would destroy it for profit. All who come here have their own agenda, and all will fight to ensure their vision of the future for this last great wilderness.
As complex and compelling as his Mars saga, as powerful and majestic as the continent itself, Kim Stanley Robinson's Antarctica takes us to the remote and awe-inspiring world as the South Pole.
Hugo winning author.... must read
Kim Stanley Robinson creates big complex worlds. He probably is best called a science fiction writer, but his worlds are about future peoples and their struggles, he is a visionary. The adjective âfascinatingâ is over used but he certainly writes fascinating books that are real page turners. I'm a big fan.
Triggers: There is violence in the book, but it's mostly âoff screen'. There is a fair amount of accidents where people get injured or killed because of the climate.
Antarctica is about to be commercialized, this book is about the clash between environmentalists and their corporate enemies with dithering politicians