Mother of Storms

John Barnes, Author
John Barnes, Author Tor Books $22.95 (432p) ISBN 978-0-312-85560-4
Mass Market Paperbound - 576 pages - 978-0-8125-3345-3
Ebook - 576 pages - 978-1-4299-7066-2
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 978-0-7408-0028-3
Paperback - 432 pages - 978-0-7653-3251-6
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This futuristic disaster novel by the author of A Million Open Doors opens in the year 2028, when a preemptive missile strike releases billions of tons of methane trapped in the ocean floor. The resultant atmospheric heat spawns massive supernatural hurricanes that ravage the world's coastlands and claim millions of lives. The only hope of salvation rests with astronaut Louie Tynan--who has become superintelligent, perhaps superhuman, through a computer system linked to his mind--and his desperate plan to shield the earth from the sun until it can cool. Along the way, a well-drawn cast play various roles in combatting the escalating crisis: a canny female U.S. President, an opportunistic capitalist, a spunky journalist et al. Barnes maintains a breakneck pace even while loading his narrative with vital briefings on hurricane formation, information processing and the physics of space travel; some of his speculations, in fact, are breathtaking. This winning blend of gripping thrilller and dazzling SF should establish Barnes as one of the most able and impressive of SF's rising stars. (July)
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