The Ministry for the Future


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  • book_owned_medium: 📚physical,
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  • aggregatedRating: 😁good (4/5),
  • author: Kim Stanley Robinson,
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  • genre: fiction, sci-fi,
  • name: The Ministry for the Future,
  • review: If nothing else, - read Chapter 1 of this book. Tell me if doesn't affect you. So off to a great start about what climate change is going to do to human society, and the havoc it will have on everything. I do not recall another book that had me so personally invested in feeling the frustrations of the plot. Climate change is real, it is happening NOW, and yet we sit idly by. The book takes today as what we would do, and turns it into fiction - what will happen when we get disaster after disaster - and still shows that we wouldn't do much except short term band-aid solutions. The frustration of getting governments and companies to move, to stop producing carbon, to innovate for the betterment of the world and society - I felt all of that. The book is hard science-fiction, but I would categorise it more as 'hard policy fiction'. The stuff about pulling carbon out of the atmosphere, spreading particulates to reflect sun back, stopping glaciers from melting into the sea is cool. But the more interesting stuff is the reluctance from banks and companies to stop making quick profits - and how economics carrots and sticks can be used to induce a change for the better. In this case, through a 'carbon coin' - not a new idea, but certainly an important concept for the story. Blockchain makes an appearance too - and it was awkward because there were no details whatsoever about its implementation, but that's okay since there were other things to follow up on. It is difficult to understand this book - yes it is not 'realistic' in that it expects a lot of cooperation from agencies that we know today do not work that way. But it is also fiction, and the author chose not to just wave their hands and produce solutions. They showed that it is frustrating, but there are ways out of the quagmire we are in - and that is worth something. Let's call this a pragmatic utopian vision.,
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