The Ministry for the Future

Kim Stanley Robinson

josh read

Not completely in love but very fascinated by this book that peers into the very near future and fictionalizes how the world will respond to climate change. Brutal in the costs of inaction (massive heatwaves, storms, etc), but also cautiously optimistic about how the world can work together to solve the massive problem of climate change. It's also honest in sourcing the root of the problems to capitalism, and fictionalizes alternative models that rise up in the models of co-ops, socialism, etc. The book strikes a weird balance where it can feel grounded and realistic in the options to address climate change but then can sometimes cross over into feeling like the author writing fan fiction about potential solutions to current problems. Wikipedia gives this quote as partial inspo for the book: "it is easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism" so maybe that discomfort or disbelief around massive structural change is the point! at the end of the day one of the more hopeful books i’ve read