New York 2140
By Kim Stanley Robinson
Kim Stanley Robinson has a fascination for stories about humanity’s attempts to craft a sustainable environment through technology. In New York 2140 he’s back on this familiar ground, even if the ground is now under water.
In the future, global warming has, as predicted, caused ocean levels to rise. This has led to the catastrophic flooding of much of the world’s coastal areas, including the Big Apple.
The surprising thing is that NYC hasn’t been abandoned. Instead it has refashioned itself as a “SuperVenice,” its streets replaced by waterways. In this new urban milieu Robinson tells a complicated story involving sunken treasure and high-finance chicanery, played out by a host of characters drawn from all walks of life and social classes. The result is an epic “city novel” of the next century.