By Kim Stanley Robinson

ISBN-10: 0553574027

ISBN-13: 9780553574029

From the award-winning writer of the Mars Trilogy comes an exhilarating new novel....

Kim Stanley Robinson, writer of the Hugo and Nebula award-winning Mars trilogy, is without doubt one of the most unique and visionary writers of fiction at the present time. Now, in his most up-to-date novel, he is taking us to a harsh, alien panorama lined by way of a sheet of ice miles deep. this can be no far away planet--it is the final natural desert on earth.

A stark and inhospitable position, its panorama poses a problem to survival; but its unusual, silent attractiveness has lengthy involved scientists and adventurers. Now Antarctica faces an doubtful destiny. The foreign treaty that protects the continent is set to dissolve, clearing the way in which for Antarctica's assets and eerie good looks to be plundered. As politicians and companies circulation to figure out its destiny from part a global away, radical environmentalists perform a covert crusade of sabotage to reclaim the land. The winner of this severe conflict will confirm the longer term for this final nice wilderness....

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Sorry," he muttered. " "You never feel so hot," Ellen rasped accusingly; she moved aside so he could put down the plates on the drainboard of the sink. "If you don't stop acting this way—" A clatter of dishes cut off her words, as Hadley got plates from the cupboard for apple pie and ice cream. "You just have to stop acting this way! " Hadley boiled. "It's unfair to me; what am I supposed to do, turn my feelings on and off the way you work that stove? All right—" He gouged slimy-hot pie from its store pan and laid the dripping sections on saucers.

By your standards. " "I hire them! I pay them good money! " Jim twisted resentfully. "The thing that's wrong with these young kids is they don't know how to work. They expect the customer to walk up and hand them the money. They don't know how to go out and really work for it, like we had to. They're soft. " "I know," Alice said gently. " Fergesson got to his feet and padded broodingly toward the kitchen. "There's such a thing as too much of a good thing. A man gets effeminate with all the stuff they're selling these days.

The store was chill, dismal in its barrenness. In the pallid blue flicker of the night-light the girl's face seemed not round: a hollow pointed bonelike thing, a rigid frame supporting her features. Her eyes were deep-sunk, far down in her skull. Her hair appeared transparent, a sheet of dry spidery material, a brown cap through which her scalp and ears were visible. She wore no makeup; her lips were pale, thin. " Fergesson demanded, in fright. " After a time Ellen nodded. "I was walking around.

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