New York 2140

New York 2140

eBook - 2017
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"A new vision of the future from Kim Stanley Robinson, the New York Times bestselling author of science fiction masterworks such as the Mars trilogy, 2312, and Aurora. The waters rose, submerging New York City. But the residents adapted and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Though changed forever. Every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides. And how we too will change"-- Provided by publisher.
As New York City of the twenty-second century is submerged under rising waters, the residents rapidly adapt until the thriving metropolis becomes a vibrant, though permanently changed, canal region of island skyscrapers.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Orbit,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316262309
0316262307
Characteristics: 1 online resource (613 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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PikevilleUt
May 07, 2018

I can't understand how this book was nominated for an award. It's as if it completely skipped the editing process. It contained hundreds of pages with characters waxing on with progressive rantings that did nothing to move the plot of the story. It may have made a decent short story or novella if all of that was cut out, but I doubt it. There are too many things in the story that are just so far fetched as to make it ridiculous. For instance, there is a scene in which the head of the householder's union is lecturing the Chairman of the Federal Reserve about economic and tax policy in which she is outlining the history of tax rates in the US. The head of the fed seems shocked by a recitation of prior rates as if this isn't covered in every intro to Federal Taxation class our there. The plethora of scenes like this make it almost impossible for the reader to accept the story as given. It gets old so fast.

The author didn't even bother to research some of the issues discussed. The story reads as if the author got all of his information through some off-the-wall internet site that is drastically lacking in the details necessary to fully understand the subject matter. There seems to be a conflation of capitalism with Keynesian monetary theory that gets confusing when combined with the author's seeming lack of knowledge with regards to the role of the Fed in the system. If the author is going to spend so much time on these topics with so many pointless recitations by characters throughout the book, he could have at least bothered to research a bit more thoroughly.

I read this book because it was nominated for a Hugo. I persisted to the end hoping to see what others saw in this book, but nothing ever materialized to make it worth my time. I don't see how a list of nominees that contains the concise beauty of writing produced by Nnedi Okorafor could have a book such as this present as well. It must be a bit embarrassing for the Hugos to have this book appear on their list of nominees. To have a book that is so poorly written make an appearance on the list so shortly after the Puppygate issue has to be a slap in the face. Here's to hoping that there are no other embarrassments such as this as I work my way through the list.

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tjdickey
Jan 13, 2018

A very interesting concept by an excellent writer. The cast of characters in a flooded New York City 125 years into the future includes street urchins (or better, canal urchins) to big-time financial giants, politicos and police, and plenty of the everyday mix that Manhattan has always attracted. As with any good book about the City, New York itself is also in a very real sense a living character as well - from "autumn in New York" (it's still so exciting) to iceboats on the frozen Hudson, from storm surges to continuity and revitalization of destroyed neighborhoods into the twenty-second century. The most distracting character, sadly, is an overly blatant authorial voice which fills in some necessary backstory, but with less-necessary anger and preachy diatribes about twenty-first-century politics.

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jbeninger
Sep 21, 2017

A good read. The extreme climate change and New York as a Venice was a good background and enough to keep me engaged. The characters were likable. I also enjoyed the moral points with the inter-tidal index, the bailout, and the new water environment.

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JimFink
Aug 16, 2017

Part way through, and enjoying another Robinson world.

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bansidthe
Apr 18, 2017

Certainly not my cup of tea...need an MBA to wade your way through all the financial acronyms and ultimately I didn't care. Threw in the towel at page 129...I had wasted enouhg life span on it.

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astroserg123
Apr 03, 2017

i wyked it becus ders pyjons

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MFS1
Apr 03, 2017

Kius thinks it's aweful.

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