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The Ministry for the Future

por Kim Stanley Robinson

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"From legendary science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson comes a vision of climate change unlike any ever imagined. Kim Stanley Robinson is one of contemporary science fiction's most acclaimed writers, and with this new novel, he once again turns his eye to themes of climate change, technology, politics, and the human behaviors that drive these forces. But his setting is not a desolate, post-apocalyptic world--rather, he imagines a more hopeful future, one where humanity has managed to overcome our challenges and thrive. It is a novel both immediate and impactful, perfect for his many fans and for readers who crave powerful and thought-provoking sci-fi stories"--… (mais)
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Essential reading because of the near future scenarios. But lots of information dumps in alternating chapters. Exhausting; but well worth the read. ( )
  2wonderY | Apr 28, 2024 |
Großartiges Buch, allerdings nicht einfach zu lesen und nicht ohne Längen. Trotzdem eine Leseempfehlung! ( )
  Katzenkindliest | Apr 23, 2024 |
Kim Stanley Robbinson is one of the most loved contemporary sci-fi writers. I may not always like what he writes, but I respect him. He has unique ideas and researches thoroughly (infodumps galore). Where he usually fails is the plot and sections that drag on. This book is no exception to that. There are some amazing chapters (the opening description of the events in India). But, there were chapters I skimmed over and couldn't wait to get done with.

I have mixed feelings about this novel. This is an unusual mix of a regular narrative, chapters narrated by photons or carbon atoms, news bits and short pieces written by people living in a strange, new world of the near future.

There are only two main characters. Mary is the head of the Ministry for the Future - an international institution established to alleviate the consequences of climate change and make sure there is something left for future generations. And there is Frank, an NGO worker who survived a deadly heatwave in India that will change his life forever.

Most of the story is set in Zurich, but we learn about the world through supplemental chapters by different people/entities. There is not much story per se, even though some characters' fates end up intertwined. A lot of it didn't make much sense. I guess the story was a rather weak vehicle to present some novel ideas. Unfortunately, that is not enough for me and this book was not nearly as emotionally engaging as [b:Aurora|23197269|Aurora|Kim Stanley Robinson|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1436300570l/23197269._SX50_.jpg|42742263] (his previous book which I loved).

The most interesting thing about The Ministry for the Future was reading on to see what will happen with the global situation as the years moved on. Read as a futurology report with a soul, this book is soul-crushing in some parts but strangely optimistic in others.

It was great to read about a future where "the 3rd world" leads the change to save the biosphere. I rooted for India going the way they did in the story. Unlike the majority of the cli-fi books I've read, there is a lot of hope here.

I gave an extra star to this book due to the importance of the central theme, but normally this would be a 3 star read at best. ( )
  ZeljanaMaricFerli | Mar 4, 2024 |
A long fragmented reconstruction of an impending future in which climate change translates to political necessity for action as opposed to current dialectics. I think the author did a very good job at world building in a very difficult domain, the near future. But at the same time there are many aspects of this book that are problematic.

First the characters and their stories are not compelling or transformational. They are fairly static in their development so you don’t feel the story move.

Secondly the world ingredients use language in unusual way - my primary example is that of cryptocurrency. The author has a utopic view of implementation that does not exist today and that does not even seem to be vaguely aligned to contemporary crypto enthusiasts. So the author renames invention’s with problems to new solutions which you only fully appreciate at the end of the book.

Finally there are areas where, even if I am not an expert, there are big gaps between world built claims and what is plausible.

Nevertheless I think this book is one a future thinking person should read critically and breakdown its assumptions and outcomes. ( )
1 vote yates9 | Feb 28, 2024 |
5/5 for the idea that drives the book and is worth reading at least a summary of the book. I have some reservations about the writing though.

The timeline is confusing and is a key element to the story, but there are rarely any indications of what years it is. There are some massive time leaps and no one tells you. Hard to follow and sometimes frustrating.

The good side is that the book is organized in small chapters, easy to pick up and drop off.

There are numerous lengthy and detailed descriptions of Zurich and Switzerland that serve no narrative purpose. It just seems like the author wanted you to know he lived there or did massive research. ( )
  Bloum | Feb 23, 2024 |
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Le ministère du futur, son dernier livre, réunit en une impressionnante somme fiction et essai, économie politique, géo-ingénierie, luttes souterraines et empathie pour des personnages à notre image.
 
Robinson is a writer who believes fiction can make a difference to the world. His latest is a bold docu-fictional extrapolation of how humanity might tackle the climate crisis, blending practical ideas and information with vivid prose – the astonishing opening chapter, in which a heatwave kills millions, will stay with me for a very long time. Robinson knows we can’t be saved by a single heroic flourish but by difficult, drawn-out and, above all, collective labour. A crucial book for our time.
adicionada por Cynfelyn | editarThe Guardian, Adam Roberts (Nov 28, 2020)
 
Robinson shows that an ambitious systems novel about global heating must in fact be an ambitious systems novel about modern civilisation too, because everything is so interdependent. Luckily, when he opens one of his discursive interludes with the claim “Taxes are interesting”, he makes good on it within two pages. There is no shortage of sardonic humour here, a cosmopolitan range of sympathies, and a steely, visionary optimism.
adicionada por melmore | editarThe Guardian (UK), Steven Poole (Nov 20, 2020)
 
This detail-heavy near-future novel offers a window onto the apocalypse looming just behind our present dystopia [...] High-minded, well-intentioned, and in love with what Earth’s future could be but somewhat lacking in narrative drive
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"From legendary science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson comes a vision of climate change unlike any ever imagined. Kim Stanley Robinson is one of contemporary science fiction's most acclaimed writers, and with this new novel, he once again turns his eye to themes of climate change, technology, politics, and the human behaviors that drive these forces. But his setting is not a desolate, post-apocalyptic world--rather, he imagines a more hopeful future, one where humanity has managed to overcome our challenges and thrive. It is a novel both immediate and impactful, perfect for his many fans and for readers who crave powerful and thought-provoking sci-fi stories"--

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