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Antarctica

By Kim Stanley Robinson

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Format: Paperback, 672 pages
Published In: United States, 01 March 2003
From the award-winning author of the Mars Trilogy comes a thrilling new novel....
Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Hugo and Nebula award-winning Mars trilogy, is one of the most original and visionary writers of fiction today. Now, in his latest novel, he takes us to a harsh, alien landscape covered by a sheet of ice two miles deep. This is no distant planet--it is the last pure wilderness on earth.
A stark and inhospitable place, its landscape poses a challenge to survival; yet its strange, silent beauty has long fascinated scientists and adventurers. Now Antarctica faces an uncertain future. The international treaty that protects the continent is about to dissolve, clearing the way for Antarctica's resources and eerie beauty to be plundered. As politicians and corporations move to determine its fate from half a world away, radical environmentalists carry out a covert campaign of sabotage to reclaim the land. The winner of this critical battle will determine the future for this last great wilderness....

About the Author

Kim Stanley Robinson is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, Sixty Days and Counting, The Years of Rice and Salt, and Galileo's Dream. In 2008 he was named one of Time magazine's "Heroes of the Environment." He serves on the board of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. He lives in Davis, California.

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"Forbidding yet fascinating, like the continent it describes . . . echoes Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air."--People "[Antarctica] should be included in any short-list of books about the frozen continent.... Compelling characters...a rich and dense story...Robinson has succeeded not only in drawing human characters but also in bringing Antarctica to life. Whatever happens in the outer world, Antarctica--both the book and the continent--will become part of the reader's interior landscape."--The Washington Post Book World "The epic of Antarctica. This is the James A. Michener novel of the South Pole. If the meaty one-word title didn't give it away, the writing would. The whole human history of the continent is here."--Interzone "Antarctica will take your breath away."--Associated Press "A gripping tale of adventure on the ice."--Publishers Weekly "Passionate, informed...vastly entertaining."--Kirkus Reviews "Robinson writes about geography and geology with the intensity and unhurried attention to detail of a John McPhee."--The New York Times Book Review

EAN: 9780553574029
ISBN: 0553574027
Publisher: Bantam Books
Dimensions: 20.09 x 12.8 x 4.14 centimetres (0.82 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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A group at the Antarctic runs into some mystery and adventure. The main characters are an ex-basketball player and a professional really cold places type guide, both of whom used to have a thing.

It seems down here with the whacky male-female relationship women have a bit of fun. The guide expert has to lead a band out of trouble, and an environmental group is at the heart of this novel.

You also get some antarctic history.

The senator in this book appears in the Forty/Fity books as well.

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