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It's the largest oil spill in history: a crashed supertanker in San Francisco Bay. Desperate to avert environmental damage—and a PR disaster—the multinational oil company releases an untested "designer microbe" to break up the spill.

An "oil-eating" microbe, designed to consume anything made of petrocarbons: oil, gasoline, synthetic fabrics, and of course plastic.

What the company doesn't realize is that their microbe propagates through the ...

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Overview

It's the largest oil spill in history: a crashed supertanker in San Francisco Bay. Desperate to avert environmental damage—and a PR disaster—the multinational oil company releases an untested "designer microbe" to break up the spill.

An "oil-eating" microbe, designed to consume anything made of petrocarbons: oil, gasoline, synthetic fabrics, and of course plastic.

What the company doesn't realize is that their microbe propagates through the air. But when every car in the Bay Area turns up with an empty gas tank, they begin to suspect something is terribly wrong.

And when, in just a few days, every piece of plastic in the world has dissolved, it's too late...

An "oil-eating" microbe has been released by a multinational oil company in order to avert a disaster in the San Francisco Bay. But the microbe propogates through the air. And when every car un the Bay area turns up with an empty gas tank, people begin to suspect something is wrong. When, a few days later, every piece of plastic worldwide begins dissolving, it's too late.

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"Compulsively readable. The best disaster novel in many years. The problems of a United States falling apart at the seams as petroleum products vanish are shown at the national and local level, always through the effects on individuals. The basic idea is terribly plausible, the science spot-on, the politics totally persuasive. Ill Wind is a book you will read when you should be doing other things. Once you start, there is never a thought you might not continue to the last page." —Charles Sheffield, senior scientist, Earth Satellite Corporation, and award-winning author of Cold as Ice, on Ill Wind

"A real winner. This book has potential to become a classic. Your grasp of the science, the technology, and the potential scene-and your ability to weave a truly engrossing fabric involving all of theme in authoritative fashion-are unique. My only worry is that you may have done to biotechnology what The China Syndrome did to nuclear energy-scared the hell out of the public." —Dr. D. Alan Bromley, former assistant to the President for Science and Technology, on Ill Wind

"Ill Wind is a believable and fast read. It goes George Stewart's classic Earth Abides one better, illustrating the perils of overreacting to environmental problems and misusing technology." —Dr. Wilson K. Talley, president of the Hertz Foundation and former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

"Ill Wind is compelling reading. A clever, believable, and adventurous epic." — Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for Rush

"I enjoyed Ill Wind thoroughly. Anderson and Beason have managed to take a plausible premise and turn it into a very entertaining (and also plausible) 'civilization in the aftermath' story." — Walter S. Scott, president, Worldview Imaging Corporation

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A promising disaster scenario fizzles as Anderson and Beason coauthors of Assemblers of Infinity and The Trinity Paradox succumb to lightweight plotting, facile characterization and an apparent need to allude to as many pop-cultural artifacts as possible. When a panicky oil company tries to clean up a major spill in San Francisco Bay by dropping genetically engineered oil-eating microbes on it, the little organisms go berserk and start devouring most of the world's long-chain polycarbons gasoline, plastics, etc.. Within the first 150 pages, this leads to a breakdown of communications and information-processing systems. From there until the end of the novel, however, affairs are basically limited to several displays of plucky ingenuity during which one character compares the work of his group, unfavorably, to that of the Professor on Gilligan's Island. Meanwhile, an acting president and a general, independently, attempt to enforce martial law on an unwilling populace. The heroes are heroic, especially scientist Spencer Lockwood and pilots Billy Carron and Todd Severyn the latter atoning for having unwittingly dropped the petrol-eating organism in the first place. Todd's girlfriend, Iris Shikozu, stages a post-apocalyptic rock concert at the Altamont Speedway. Almost all the chapter headings are titles of old pop songs, books or movies Good Vibrations, The Stand, Urban Cowboy. It's possible that those who care, as Iris does, about Kansas's live comeback album will find this fascinating, but most readers are likely to feel that The End of the World As We Know It deserves better handling. June
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Two best-selling authors team up to confront a biotechnological catastrophe.
Carl Hays
Coauthors of the Nebula nominee "Assemblers of Infinity" (1993), Anderson and Beason return with a high-action, best-seller-caliber disaster novel grounded in unsettlingly accurate science. When an oil-carrying supertanker collides with the Golden Gate Bridge, dumping its million-barrel cargo into San Francisco Bay, the offending oil company releases an experimental microbe designed to clean up the spill. Yet no one anticipates the private vendetta against big oil harbored by the microbes' suicidal inventor, who substitutes a more lethal airborne strain that consumes not only oil but all petrochemicals everywhere, including gasoline and plastic. As all ground and air traffic grind to a halt and wire-based communications collapse, government control also begins to crumble, and the nation slowly descends into lawlessness. Using the standard disaster novel format of multiple characters and plot lines, Beason and Anderson maintain a suspenseful, breakneck pace that carries us to a thrilling finish.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765357762
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.69 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson has written dozens of national bestsellers and has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Reader's Choice Award. He has set the Guinness-certified world record for the largest single-author book signing.

Doug Beason is the author of fourteen books, eight with collaborator Kevin J. Anderson, including Ignition (bought by Universal studios' Joe Singer, producer of "Courage Under Fire") and Ill Wind (optioned for a mini-series), as well as two non-fiction books. A Nebula Award finalist, his short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.

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  • Posted November 27, 2008

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    Not bad.

    This book is fairly interesting.(It's not the genre I normally read.) The book isn't engrossing, but it does make you think "What if something like this really happened?"<BR/> The characters don't have much background and I found it hard to connect with any of them.<BR/><BR/> If I recomended this book it would only be to people interested in survival or "What if" situations.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    I've read it twice

    It was worth the second read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Very good

    A little anti-climactic, but overall a very good read.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    No Wind At All

    The book started off good with but quickly fell apart after the death of the lead scientist. After that, there were four story lines loosely connected but all poorly fleshed out. I can not help but wonder that if it was not for the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, that this book would not be republished. If a reader is looking for post disaster genre to read, then S.M. Stirling is a good start. I would not reccomend this book for anyone to read.

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