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Heavy Weather

Heavy Weather

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553572926
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
3.19(w) x 5.92(h) x 0.15(d)

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