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The award-winning author of the Mars trilogy takes readers to the last pure wilderness on Earth in this powerful and majestic novel.

" Antarctica may well be the best novel of the best ecological novelist around."-- Locus

It is a stark and inhospitable place, where the landscape itself poses a challenge to survival, yet its strange, silent beauty has long fascinated scientists and adventurers.

Now Antarctica faces an uncertain future. The international treaty which protects the continent is about to dissolve, clearing the way for Antarctica's resources to be plundered, its eerie beauty to be savaged. As politicians wrangle over its fate, major corporations begin probing for its hidden riches. Adventurers come, as they have for more than a century, seeking the wild, untamed land even as they endanger it with their ever-growing numbers. And radical environmentalists carry out a covert campaign of sabotage to reclaim the land from those who would destroy it for profit. All who come here have their own agenda, and all will fight to ensure their vision of the future for the remote and awe-inspiring world at the South Pole.

Praise for Antarctica

"Forbidding yet fascinating, like the continent it describes . . . echoes Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air ." -- People

"[ Antarctica ] should be included in any short-list of books about the frozen continent.... Compelling characters...a rich and dense story...Robinson has succeeded not only in drawing human characters but also in bringing Antarctica to life. Whatever happens in the outer world, Antarctica --both the book and the continent--will become part of the reader's interior landscape." -- The Washington Post Book World

" The epic of Antarctica. This is the James A. Michener novel of the South Pole. If the meaty one-word title didn't give it away, the writing would. The whole human history of the continent is here." -- Interzone

" Antarctica will take your breath away." -- Associated Press

"A gripping tale of adventure on the ice." -- Publishers Weekly

"Passionate, informed...vastly entertaining." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Robinson writes about geography and geology with the intensity and unhurried attention to detail of a John McPhee." -- The New York Times Book Review
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1998.
ISBN: 9780553574029
Characteristics: 511 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm.


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Jul 17, 2015

Despite praise from notable critics I found this tome did not meet expectations. One event early on happens to hook my interest in eco-extremists vs. evil capitalists in a battle to save the last pristine environment on Earth. Then the book bumbles into a travel log, lament over a failed romance and hints of a hopeful one. There are interesting geological and historical facts along the way and some excellent descriptions, but Robinson goes over the top to display his knowledge of art, music, German and finances. For example, he refers to famous painters that would not conjure up a picture in most people's minds, "die Goetterdamerung", a German opera, numerous times and laments that the stock market is doing so well (actually better than he states). In honesty I could not drag my eyes past page 150 and did not care at all about the characters or the outcome. Read this is you like exotic scenery, a little science and history, slow romance and I assume a win for ecology.

May 02, 2012

This book was a terrific read.

It's a course on Antarctica - history,natural history, current affairs, the whole gamut of information about the driest continent.

It's a can't-put-it-down thriller and is laced with a sprinkling of SF.

As is always the case with Robinson, you come away having learned buckets, thoroughly entertained, and wanting more.

A great book by a great writer!

Apr 17, 2011

Great read....I think Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the few writers who could have pulled this off.

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