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Greenhouse summer
Spinrad, Norman.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor, 1999.
Physical Description:
317 pages ; 22 cm
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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Pollution, overpopulation, and ecological disasters have left the rich nations rich, and the poor dying. For international businesses it is business as usual. But is it all coming to a terrible end? A scientist has predicted Condition Venus, the sudden greenhouse end of the planet,but she cant say when. The worlds attention is on a UN conference, where hell is about to break loose.

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Booklist Review

The future isn't much fun, even for the rich, in old sf hand Spinrad's satiric ecothriller portraying a time after the ice caps have melted and raised sea levels worldwide. A sort of prosperity has crept over Siberia, one of the few areas where agriculture is possible. New York City survives behind a high sea wall; no one can afford the rent, but seafood is plentiful. Third World countries at the Equator (the "Lands of the Lost") are hot, dry, and poor, suitable only for the cultivation of marijuana in domes by First World "syndics." None of this matters, however. "Condition Venus" is imminent, in which the planet will suddenly become so hot that all life will boil away. Monique Calhoun--scientist, pampered First Worlder, and reluctant employee of the syndic Bread and Circuses--rushes to save the world, along with an unlikely assassin, "Prince" Eric Esterhazy. The two are almost a love story, but love stories are beside the point in Spinrad's caustic, gleeful, meticulously modeled scenario of doom. --John Mort

Publisher's Weekly Review

Spinrad's latest, an uneasy blend of SF, suspense thriller and political commentary, offers grim hope for our planetary ecology. In the future, the United Nations Annual Conference on Climate Stabilization meets in Paris to discuss the possibility that the world's worsening climate may degrade into a chaos of white tornadoes and desert temperatures code-named "Condition Venus." Corporations such as Breads & Circuses, p.r. spinmeisters extraordinaire, will go to any length to learn the truth, and so their operative, sexy Monique Calhoun, is instructed to book the scientists for a dinner on a river boat that's a "data sponge"Äin other words, bugged. In preparation, Calhoun meets the boat's master, ambitious Eurotrash thug Prince Eric Esterhazy. The two fall for one another; and, teaming forces, they discover a diabolical corporate plot. Spinrad remains a whiz with smart dialogue and sharp obsevation of people and place. He buries his theme of biospheric disaster underneath silly spy shenanigans, however, and ends the novel on an unsatisfying note, with the global ecological situation unresolved. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In the not-so-distant future, the world teeters on the brink of environmental disaster caused by global warming. Hired as a spin doctor for a UN conference on the cooling of the world's climate, Monique Calhoun discovers a conspiracy revolving around a scientist's warning that the end of the world is near owing to an exponential increase of the greenhouse effect. The author of The Void Captain's Tale presents a rich and often disturbing exploration of human ethics while at the same time telling a seriocomic tale of environmental mayhem. Highly recommended for most sf collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.