Forty Signs of Rain

Samedi 9 avril 2005 14:18 - Bouquins

De Kim Stanley Robinson, surtout connu pour la trilogie Mars. Cela se passe maintenant, sur terre, Washington DC. Une agence scientifique intéréssée par les questions climatiques, l'ambassade d'une petite île de l'océan indien qui s'installe, le sénat américain.

Mars, c'était très réel, mais un réel imaginé pour dans trente ans, et plus. « The Years of Rice and Salt », c'était très réel aussi, dans l'autre sens, une histoire alternative, repartant du Moyen Âge. Celui-ci se passe ici, maintenant.

« The Arctic Ocean ice pack reflects back out to space a few per cent of the total annual solar energy budget. When the Arctic ice pack was first measured by nuclear submarines in the 1950s, it averaged thirty feed thick in midwinter. By the end of the century it was down to fifteen. Then one August the ice broke up into large tabular bergs, drifting on the currents, colliding and separating, leaving broad lanes of water open to the continuons polar summer sunlight. The next year the break-up started in July, and at times more than half the surface of the Arctic Ocean was open water. The third year, the break-up began in May.

That was last year. »