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The Ministry for the Future

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14th October 2021

Price: £10.99

The Kitschies Red Tentacle, 2021

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780356508863

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‘If I could get policymakers and citizens everywhere to read just one book this year, it would be Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the FutureEzra Klein, Vox

‘A great read’ Bill Gates

The Ministry for the Future is a masterpiece of the imagination, using fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all. Its setting is not a desolate, postapocalyptic world, but a future that is almost upon us. Chosen by Barack Obama as one of his favorite books of the year, this extraordinary novel from visionary writer Kim Stanley Robinson will change the way you think about the climate crisis.

‘A novel that presents a rousing vision of how we might unite to overcome the greatest challenge of our time’

‘A breathtaking look at the challenges that face our planet in all their sprawling magnitude and also in their intimate, individual moments of humanity’ Booklist (starred review)

‘Gutsy, humane . . . a must-read for anyone worried about the future of the planet’ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

‘A sweeping epic about climate change and humanity’s efforts to try and turn the tide before it’s too late’ Polygon (Best of the Year)

‘Steely, visionary optimism’ Guardian


A breathtaking look at the challenges that face our planet in all their sprawling magnitude and also in their intimate, individual moments of humanity
Robinson's writing is so evocative that you can imagine that any one of his paragraphs could feature in the film of the book . . . a thoughtful, innovative page turner
The lunar landscape is a source of beautifully described detail
There have been more than a few environmental catastrophe tales set in a future New York, but possibly none of them have been this interesting
Bill Gates
The Ministry for the Future is a great read. Robinson has written a novel that presents the urgency of this crisis in an original way and leaves readers with hope that we can do something about it. The next chapter in the story of our planet is still being written, and the ending is up to us
Even at 600-plus pages, there's a leanness to the prose that keeps the plot moving forwards . . . Robinson handles setpieces with aplomb
New Scientist
A deeply realised world that feels more like a peep into our future than a work of fiction
Steely, visionary optimism
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Bestseller Robinson again tackles climate change head-on in this gutsy, humane view of a near-future Earth careening toward collapse . . . Robinson masterfully integrates the practical details of environmental crises and geoengineering projects into a sweeping, optimistic portrait of humanity's ability to cooperate in the face of disaster. This heartfelt work of hard science-fiction is a must-read for anyone worried about the future of the planet
The Times
A masterpiece
A wise and big-hearted novel to read and then, straight away, read again
A compelling vision of the future
Robinson seamlessly binds together characters and narrative strands . . . An immensely enjoyable reading experience
Robinson is one of the world's finest working novelists, in any genre. New York 2140 is a towering novel about a genuinely grave threat to civilisation
This may well be Robinson's masterpiece and is surely the most important piece of sf in years
Beautiful descriptions of lunar landscapes
Jonathan Lethem, Vanity Fair
A panoramic epic, the best science fiction-nonfiction novel I've ever read
One of the most exciting books in climate change fiction yet written... Both immensely readable and timely
Another stellar effort from one of the masters of the genre
Like all great sci-fi, New York 2140 is as much inward-looking as it is forward- . . . Robinson's work has a strong, intelligent social conscience
Utterly immersive and unexpectedly hopeful
It's near impossible to capture the vibrance of the entire city in the span of one single novel, yet Kim Stanley Robinson manages to do just that and more
One of the finest writers of his generation
Only sci-fi can drown Manhattan and make you want to live there
Any new novel by the great Kim Stanley Robinson is always an event and Red Moon doesn't disappoint
Wall Street Journal
Sci-fi fans will love the detail and the optimism about humanity's future in space
Starkly beautiful and fundamentally optimistic