The Ministry for the Future [book, audiobook]

 The Ministry for the Future [book, audiobook]

THIS BOOK IS REALLY GOOD, IT'S ABOUT THE NEAR FUTURE OF CLIMATE CHANGE BY THE RED MARS GUY.  BUT THE STRUCTURE IS STRANGE. IT HAS OVER 100 CHAPTERS AND ABOUT A THIRD ARE THE ACTUAL FICTIONAL STORY, ABOUT A THIRD ARE LITTLE SIDE STORIES AND A THIRD ARE JUST FLAT OUT ACTUAL FACTUAL ESSAYS. IT FEELS LIKE THERE WAS A DRAFT OF THIS BOOK THAT FOLLOWED THROUGH BEING MORE STRAIGHT SCI-FI WHERE IT FEELS LIKE THE BIGGER CHARACTERS SORT OF WANDER AROUND AND THEN DIE OFF SCREEN WITHOUT DOING MUCH. BUT IT MOSTLY WORKS. 

THE FIRST PART OF THE BOOK PARTICULARLY, IS JUST A DEPICTION OF 'WET BULB 35". THE THING WHERE HUMANS ARE GREAT AT DEALING WITH HEAT, IT COULD BE 160 DEGREES OUT AND IT'D SUCK BAD AND LOTS OF PEOPLE WOULD DIE, BUT FUNIDMENTALLY HUMANS AS A SPECIES CAN LIVE AT VERY HIGH TEMPRATURES BECAUSE MAMMALS ARE JUST GREAT AT THERMORGULATION, BUT AT 95F WITH 100% HUMIDITY PHYSICS MAKES IT SO HUMANS CAN'T SHED HEAT AND JUST GET HOTTER AND HOTTER UNTIL THEY DIE. AND IT JUST PAINTED THAT AS SUCH A HORRIFYING SITUATION, WHERE A BLACKOUT JUST LEAD TO PEOPLE GETTING WORSE AND WORSE OVER A DAY. WHERE FANS AND SHADE AND DRINKING WATER DOESN'T HELP AT ALL AND YOU JUST GET SICKER AND SICKER AND CAN'T SURVIVE. IT WAS A HORRIFYING IMAGE. 


PS. THERE IS A PART IN THE MIDDLE THIS BOOK GOT REALLY INTO CRYPTOCURRENCY AND THAT DID MAKE ME LIKE THE WHOLE BOOK LESS. BUT HONESTLY I THINK IT'S GOOD FOR THERE TO BE REALLY PRO-ENVIROMENT/ANTI-CAPITALIST BOOKS THAT AREN'T JUST TARGETTING THE SAME CROWD OVER AND OVER. LIKE ONE OF THE WEIRD LITTLE SIDE STORY ESSAY THINGS WAS A NAVY SAILOR EXPLAINING THE HIGHEST RANKED ADMIRAL ONLY MADE 8X THE LOWEST PAID SAILOR AND IF THAT IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE HOORAH BEST MILITARY ON EARTH WHY DID ELON MUSK NEED TO MAKE 3000X HIS LOWEST PAID EMPLOYEE AND DIDN'T THAT MEAN CAPITALISM HAD GOTTEN STUPID?  AND I FEEL LIKE PLAYING ON SOMETHING LIKE MILITARY WORSHIP IS AT LEAST POTENTIALLY SO MUCH A WAY TO REACH A NEW AUDIENCE FOR THAT BEYOND JUST ANOTHER COMMUNIST HIPPIE TYPE THING. SO LIKE, I DON'T KNOW, I HATE CRYPTO PEOPLE, BUT MAKE THEM SUPER ENVIROMENTALIST AND THAT'D BE NICE. 

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