Tuesday, February 14, 2023

I enjoyed Neal Stephenson's near-future thriller "Termination Shock"

For much of its 700 pages, it feels less like reading a novel with developed plot and characters, than following along as he summarizes a random collection of Wikipedia articles. But the articles he picks are very interesting (The Maeslantkering; Drone-hunting eagles; Venetian Independence Movement; Comanche-style performative war). And like "Anathem", it culminates with such a satisfying sequence that it made me very fond of the entire thing.

The core concept of the book, that we can cool the planet fairly easily and quickly by shooting sulfur into the atmosphere, is supposedly being attempted on a very small scale.