Best New Sci-Fi Books In November 2021

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Termination shock by Neal Stephenson

Type: Novel
Editor: William Morrow
Release date: November 16

Den of Geek says: From the author of high-concept books like Seveneves comes one of our favorite things these days: “cli-fi”. Looks like this will be a book of big ideas towards the more difficult side of the SF spectrum.

Editor’s summary: Neal Stephenson’s hard-hitting and premonitory new novel transports readers to a near-future world in which the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a swirling dervish troposphere of superstorms, sea level rise, global floods, waves. ruthless heat and virulent and deadly pandemics.

One man – billionaire restaurant chain mogul and visionary TR Schmidt, Ph.D. – has a big idea to reverse global warming, a blueprint perhaps best described as “elementary.” But will it work? And just as important, what consequences for the planet and all of humanity should be applied?

From the heart of Texas to the Dutch Royal Palace in The Hague, from the snow-capped Himalayan peaks to the sunny Chihuahuan desert, Termination shock brings together a disparate group of characters from different cultures and continents who are grappling with the real impacts of global warming. Ultimately, he asks the question: would the cure be worse than the ailment?

Epic within reach while being from a heartbreaking human perspective, Termination shock sounds an alarm, ponders potential solutions and dire risks, and wraps it all in an exhilarating, witty, spirit-growing speculative adventure.


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