Reply To: Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

  • Michael Degani

    February 1, 2024 at 2:23 am

    I honestly find that a puzzling characterization of both elements. Solar geoengineering in the book required radical and defiant political will from a nation-state; carbon coin required central banks from the most powerful nation-states to back it. In both cases they are desperate actions held aloft by very specific political-ethical commitments, thoroughly human and vulnerable to mishandling in execution. (It’s like you said in the discussion Anand, money is just human trust materialized). They are not miracle pills; it’s a miracle they work! And just barely at that. If this is about evaluating the book as a work of cli-fi, I like that its willing to delve into boring stuff like monetary policy and able to surface the human drama in it.