From: James Palczynski
Location: Westport, CT
Admitting that I'm only a reader and so I shouldn't point any fingers, where is the SF community on the whole global warming issue? I understand that maybe out of control pollution and environmental collapse are pretty common themes in cyberpunk, but more often than not, they are taken as given and treated in an almost cursory way. It would seem that exploring the process of environmental degredation in all its frightening glory ought to be some low hanging fruit for subject material. I honestly think I see more of it on Discovery channel than I see in the SF community... please tell me I'm wrong and suggest a good read for me in that area or, better still, tell me you have a half-dozen good story ideas for a new novel.
P.S. - Just finished rereading WFRABW - I have one of the signed limiteds you did with Bernie so long ago. Still resonates extremely well. Cheers.
From: Greg Bear
Kim Stanley Robinson has written an excellent trilogy based on global warming, beginning with FORTY SIGNS OF RAIN. Readers might suggest others?
From: Patrick B.
Location: Vancouver, WA
David Brin had a pretty intersting take on the future of the environment and environmentalism in his novel "Earth".
Yeah, but I'm thinking I need to go back to EARTH and see if it's yet outdated. His hypothetical internet is, if I recall correctly, in that there are millions of channels, so to speak, vs five hundred or so...although I can glean his possible reason for thinking of such a standardized format.
I'd recommend Stephen Baxter. Though TRANSCENDENT is the third of the series, it just means you get more goodies in one run. Also, check out Peter f. Hamilton's Mandell series. Still timely near-future fiction in many ways.
From: Philip of Earth
Niven, Pournelle, and Flynn's "Fallen Angels" is about climate change. It is a bit dated now, particularly with respect to the missing solar neutrino problem, but mostly it holds up quite well.
From: Greg Bear
I'm thinking Bruce Sterling's HEAVY WEATHER might be worth a re-read!