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Bruce Sterling, one of the founding fathers of the cyberpunk genre, now presents a novel of vivid imagination and invention that proves his talent for creating brilliant speculative fiction is sharper than ever. Forty years from now, Earth's climate has been drastically changed by the greenhouse effect. Tornadoes of almost unimaginable force roam the open spaces of


Bruce Sterling, one of the founding fathers of the cyberpunk genre, now presents a novel of vivid imagination and invention that proves his talent for creating brilliant speculative fiction is sharper than ever. Forty years from now, Earth's climate has been drastically changed by the greenhouse effect. Tornadoes of almost unimaginable force roam the open spaces of Texas. And on their trail are the Storm Troupers: a ragtag band of computer experts and atmospheric scientists who live to hack heavy weather — to document it and spread the information as far as the digital networks will stretch, using virtual reality to explore the eye of the storm. Although it's incredibly addictive, this is no game. The Troupers' computer models suggest that soon an "F-6" will strike — a tornado of an intensity that exceeds any existing scale; a storm so devastating that it may never stop. And they're going to be there when all hell breaks loose.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cyberpunk prophet Sterling, whose last book was a nonfiction exploration of computer hackers and the law (The Hacker Crackdown), returns to SF with a near-future thriller. In 2031, the world suffers from ``heavy weather''-tornadoes and typhoons caused by a runaway greenhouse effect. While most people wisely try to avoid the storms, one group of counterculture techno-enthusiasts calling themselves the Storm Troupe chases them through the badlands of Texas and Oklahoma. Led by the visionary scientist Jerry Mulcahey, the Troupe studies the storms with an array of high-tech equipment, trying to document what Mulcahey believes is coming soon-a superstorm, the ``F-6,'' a tornado far more powerful than any ever seen and which might even prove unstoppable, a perpetual violent disturbance ravaging the landscape. When Mulcahey's lover, Juanita (``Jane'') Unger, drags her brother Alex (who suffers from some strange disease as well as an irritating anomie) from an illegal Mexican clinic back to the Troupe's camp, tensions are ignited among the Troupers. But those plot threads are abruptly dropped when the F-6 hits, and the Troupe pulls together to fight the elements. Some similarities between this book and Sterling's previous fiction are evident: the Troupe uses the word ``hack'' as computer users do, saying they ``hack'' heavy weather, and they've got a similar case of technophilia, but it lacks the scope and the big, innovative ideas that gave novels like Islands in the Net their power. This one has some sharp moments and intriguing characters, but it never offers that exciting sense of vision. (Sept.)
Library Journal
A dying young man and his renegade sister find acceptance and meaning in the company of the Storm Troupers, a nomad band of computer hackers and atmospheric researchers who spend their days and nights chasing and documenting the frequent tornadoes that rampage across the Texas landscape. One of cyberpunk's most gifted authors, Sterling (Islands in the Net, Ace Bks., 1989) creates a drama of real world and virtual adventure set against the stark landscape of postgreenhouse America. Along with John Barnes's Mother of Storms (LJ 6/15/94), this high-tech disaster novel should appeal to a wide readership.
Dennis Winters
In 2031, mankind has ravaged the climate, and tornadoes roam the Texas plains. Following them are the Storm Troupers, a nomadic group of hackers led by a charismatic mathematician. They are attempting to predict the F-G, a supertornado that may overwhelm the entire world. Alex, the brother of one of the Troupers, must battle the heavy weather and his own desperate illness as he attempts to find his own place in the Troupe and the world. Sterling moves far beyond cyberpunk in this tornado-paced story, exploring not only humanity's relationship with the planet but also the intricate connections and bonds of a group of people dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge.

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Meet the Author

Bruce Sterling (1954) is an American science fiction author, journalist, and futurist. He is considered one of the founders of the cyberpunk movement along with William Gibson, John Shirley, and others. He is also included in the cyberpunk anthology Mirrorshades. Some of his most famous works of fiction include Swarm, Distraction, and Heavy Weather. Since 2003 he has blogged for Wired.

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Heavy Weather 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A lot of interesting characters and facinating things going on. A few, 'oh my gosh, wow!' moments (which are the big kick for me as far as Science Fiction goes). I had problems with the ending- it was not a big climax but kind of strange and confusing (which I didn't mind too much as it felt very much like the real world). A worse problem, I lost my suspension of disbelief on the stories ultimate storm. Still, well worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a techno sort of guy and a storm chaser, I was excited about this book. I didn't know I was going to have to wait until I was a third into the book to actually read something about the storms and how they chase them in the future. I can summarize the first 100 pages: Earth's ecosystem is whacked, the western portion of Texas is uninhabitable, Alex has a deathwish, Janey is whinny. Sterling also uses stilted dialog to explain in detail new techno-toys when in the real world, most people would say 'Just push the red button.' Not a terrible read, but could have been so much better, if not a bit shorter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sterling treats us to an all-too-real experience of runaway global change. Images and the real science of this novel still haunt me years after I read it. When you wonder if the droughts, floods, melting glaciers, and especially the wildly erratic hurricane and tornado seasons we are experiencing are more than just random meteorological fluctuations, Sterling has an answer that is disturbingly, and entertainly explanatory. The story line is an all-night special, and the writing is up to Sterling's best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As in his other books, Sterling's novels lack any build up of suspense or anticipation. While there are quite a few interesting characters running around in this novel, the promise of any real conflict that is built up never really comes to fruition. The few times that characters do come to blows the action falls flat and ends all too soon. In the end, this tale is about a group of storm troupers living on the fringe that finally get to videotape an all elusive F6 tornodo that had, until that time, only existed in theory. Once the storm is over that is it, not much concern is felt when the clouds have parted. We, the reader, would have been better off if this novel had never been published. Bruce Sterling is far more adept at presenting interesting short stories which is where his true talent shines.