The world of the future is in a lot of trouble. Pollution, overpopulation, and ecological disasters have left the rich nations still rich, and the poor nations dying. Still, for international businesses it is business as usual. It is better to be rich. But is it all coming to a terrible end? A scientist has predicted Condition Venus, the sudden greenhouse end of the planet - but she can't say when. So the attention of the world is on a UN conference in Paris, where all hell is ...
The world of the future is in a lot of trouble. Pollution, overpopulation, and ecological disasters have left the rich nations still rich, and the poor nations dying. Still, for international businesses it is business as usual. It is better to be rich. But is it all coming to a terrible end? A scientist has predicted Condition Venus, the sudden greenhouse end of the planet - but she can't say when. So the attention of the world is on a UN conference in Paris, where all hell is about to break loose.
In the not-so-distant future, the world teeters on the brink of environmental disaster caused by global warming. Hired as a spin doctor for a UN conference on the cooling of the world's climate, Monique Calhoun discovers a conspiracy revolving around a scientist's warning that the end of the world is near owing to an exponential increase of the greenhouse effect. The author of The Void Captain's Tale presents a rich and often disturbing exploration of human ethics while at the same time telling a seriocomic tale of environmental mayhem. Highly recommended for most sf collections. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
For all the comic-inferno exaggeration and comic material notably a couple of outrageous interrogation-by-sex scenes, Greenhouse Summer has some serious things to say about means and ends, about taking responsibility and doing the necessary. It's a book that wants to rub our noses in some unpleasant facts, but it also wants us to laugh at our foolishness. Funny, sexy, hardboiled, soft-hearted—Grandpa should be proud of this kid.
San Diego Union Tribune
Here's a fast, fun, fearsome future, seen from the upper rungs of the economic ladder.
Global-meltdown yarn, part satire, part political comedy, part sober admonition, from the Paris-resident author of Russian Spring (1991), etc. Thanks to global warming, deserts are spreading, coasts are flooded, and icecaps are melting—but Siberia has blossomed into the most prosperous region on the planet. Scientists predict the onset of a runaway-greenhouse Condition Venus that will render Earth uninhabitable. The ineffectual annual UN climate conference moves to tropical Paris. But this year, the sponsors (the Big Blue Machine, the unreconstructed capitalists who run the planet) have hired Bread & Circuses to handle spin and gloss, and are providing lavish funding. Monique Calhoun of Bread & Circuses is told by Big Blue bosses to hire a party riverboat owned by the Bad Boys, a benevolent outgrowth of mafias, triads, and drug barons, fronted by Eric Esterhazy. The boat's crawling with surveillance devices. The Bad Boys agree to a joint party with Bread & Circuses, each hoping to spy on the other's clients, while Monique and Eric attempt to seduce one another in a complicated game of bluff and counterbluff. Clearly, the Big Blue Machine is desperate to grab Siberian money for their climate control schemes—but to save their own financial hides, or to save the planet? For all his eccentricities—this time he's too obviously infatuated with Paris—Spinrad has a social conscience and isn't afraid to exercise it in public. The upshot's often shapeless, but funny, caustic, and dead on target.
Norman Spinrad (1940- )
Norman Richard Spinrad was born in New York City in 1940. He began publishing science fiction in 1963 and has been an important, if sometimes controversial, figure in the genre ever since. He was a regular contributor to New Worlds magazine and, ironically, the cause of its banning by W H Smith, which objected to the violence and profanity in his serialised novel Bug Jack Barron. Spinrad's work has never shied away from the confrontational, be it casting Hitler as a spiteful pulp novelist or satirising the Church of Scientology. In addition to his SF novels, he has written non-fiction, edited anthologies and contributed a screenplay to the second season of Star Trek. In 2003, Norman Spinrad was awarded the Prix Utopia, a life achievement award given by the Utopiales International Festival in France, where he now lives.
For more information see www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/spinrad_norman