New York 2140

New York 2140

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As the sea levels rose, every skyscraper in New York City became an island. In one apartment building in Madison Square there is the market trader, who finds opportunities where others find trouble. There is the detective, whose work will never disappear. There is the internet star, and the building's manager, and two boys who don't live there, but have no other home. And then there are the coders, temporary residents on the roof, whose disappearance triggers a sequence of events that threatens even the long-hidden foundations on which the city rests.
"The waters rose, submerging New York City. But the residents adapted and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Though changed forever. Every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides. And how we too will change"--
Publisher: New York :, Orbit,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316262347
031626234X
Characteristics: 613 pages ; 25 cm

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tjdickey
Jan 13, 2018

A very interesting concept by an excellent writer. The cast of characters in a flooded New York City 125 years into the future includes street urchins (or better, canal urchins) to big-time financial giants, politicos and police, and plenty of the everyday mix that Manhattan has always attracted. As with any good book about the City, New York itself is also in a very real sense a living character as well - from "autumn in New York" (it's still so exciting) to iceboats on the frozen Hudson, from storm surges to continuity and revitalization of destroyed neighborhoods into the twenty-second century. The most distracting character, sadly, is an overly blatant authorial voice which fills in some necessary backstory, but with less-necessary anger and preachy diatribes about twenty-first-century politics.

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jbeninger
Sep 21, 2017

A good read. The extreme climate change and New York as a Venice was a good background and enough to keep me engaged. The characters were likable. I also enjoyed the moral points with the inter-tidal index, the bailout, and the new water environment.

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JimFink
Aug 16, 2017

Part way through, and enjoying another Robinson world.

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bansidthe
Apr 18, 2017

Certainly not my cup of tea...need an MBA to wade your way through all the financial acronyms and ultimately I didn't care. Threw in the towel at page 129...I had wasted enouhg life span on it.

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astroserg123
Apr 03, 2017

i wyked it becus ders pyjons

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MFS1
Apr 03, 2017

Kius thinks it's aweful.

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