Science in the Capital

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 359 ratings

Forty Signs of Rain Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of the classic Mars trilogy and The Years of Rice and Salt returns with a riveting new trilogy of cutting-edge science, international politics, and the real-life ramifications of global warming as they are played out in our nation's capital-and in the daily lives of those at the center of the action. Hauntingly realistic, here is a novel of the near future that is inspired by scientific facts already making headlines.

When the Arctic ice pack was first measured in the 1950s, it averaged 30 feet thick in midwinter. By the end of the century it was down to 15. One August the ice broke. The next year the breakup started in July. The third year it began in May. That was last year.

It's an increasingly steamy summer in the nation's capital as Senate environmental staffer Charlie Quibler cares for his young son and deals with the frustrating politics of global warming. Charlie must find a way to get a skeptical administration to act before it's too late-and his progeny find themselves living in Swamp World. But the political climate poses almost as great a challenge as the environmental crisis when it comes to putting the public good ahead of private gain.

While Charlie struggles to play politics, his wife, Anna, takes a more rational approach to the looming crisis in her work at the National Science Foundation. There a proposal has come in for a revolutionary process that could solve the problem of global warming-if it can be recognized in time. But when a race to control the budding technology begins, the stakes only get higher. As these everyday heroes fight to align the awesome forces of nature with the extraordinary march of modern science, they are unaware that fate is about to put an unusual twist on their work-one that will place them at the heart of an unavoidable storm.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Kim Stanley Robinson.

©2005 Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Forty Signs of Rain

    • Science in the Capital, Book 1
    • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 105

    The best-selling author of the classic Mars trilogy and The Years of Rice and Salt returns with a riveting new trilogy of cutting-edge science, international politics, and the real-life ramifications of global warming as they are played out in our nation's capital - and in the daily lives of those at the center of the action. Hauntingly realistic, here is a novel of the near future that is inspired by scientific facts already making headlines. BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Kim Stanley Robinson.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Its all

    • By steve on 01-07-09

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 2

    • Fifty Degrees Below

    • Science in the Capital, Book 2
    • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Length: 20 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 121
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    Best-selling, award-winning, author Kim Stanley Robinson continues his groundbreaking trilogy of eco-thrillers - and propels us deeper into the awesome whirlwind of climatic change. Set in our nation's capital, here is a chillingly realistic tale of people caught in the collision of science, technology, and the consequences of global warming - which could trigger another phenomenon: abrupt climate change, resulting in temperatures. BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Kim Stanley Robinson.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Read for the hearing impaired?

    • By Maura Gwiazda on 07-08-14

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 3

    • Sixty Days and Counting

    • Science in the Capital, Book 3
    • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 60

    By the time Phil Chase is elected president, the world's climate is far on its way to irreversible change. Food scarcity, housing shortages, diminishing medical care, and vanishing species are just some of the consequences. The erratic winter the Washington, D.C., area is experiencing is another grim reminder of a global weather pattern gone haywire: bone-chilling cold one day, balmy weather the next. BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Kim Stanley Robinson.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator not worthy of author

    • By Grant on 12-26-09

    Regular price: $20.72