Sixty Days and Counting

Sixty Days and Counting

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By the time Phil Chase is elected president, the worlda€™s climate is far on its way to irreversible change. Food scarcity, housing shortages, diminishing medical care, and vanishing species are just some of the consequences. The erratic winter the Washington, D.C., area is experiencing is another grim reminder of a global weather pattern gone haywire: bone-chilling cold one day, balmy weather the next. But the president-elect remains optimistic and doesna€™t intend to give up without a fight. A maverick in every sense of the word, Chase starts organizing the most ambitious plan to save the world from disaster since FDRa€“and assembling a team of top scientists and advisers to implement it. For Charlie Quibler, this means reentering the political fray full-time and giving up full-time care of his young son, Joe. For Frank Vanderwal, hampered by a brain injury, it means trying to protect the woman he loves from a vengeful ex and a rogue a€œblack opsa€ agency not even the president can controla€“a task for which neither Franka€™s work at the National Science Foundation nor his study of Tibetan Buddhism can prepare him. In a world where time is running out as quickly as its natural resources, where surveillance is almost total and freedom nearly nonexistent, the forecast for the Chase administration looks darker each passing day. For as the lasta€“and most terriblea€“of natural disasters looms on the horizon, it will take a miracle to stop the clock . . . the kind of miracle that only dedicated men and women can bring about. From the Hardcover edition.As he slowed through Somesville, he said, a€œWhere should we put my van?aquot; She ran her hands through her short curls, thinking it over. a€œLeta#39;s put it down where my car is. ... Faster than he would have thought possible it grew larger, and the iceboat swept up to the shore, Caroline at the tiller, ... The iceboat was a wooden triangular contraption, obviously handmade, more like a big soapbox-derby car than aanbsp;...

Title:Sixty Days and Counting
Author:Kim Stanley Robinson
Publisher:Spectra - 2007-02-27


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