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The year is 2084: a literary anniversary of sorts, but these days, Mother Nature makes Big Brother look like child's play. Framed as an oral history, Dr. James Powell's novella depicts the late 21st-century by channeling many voices, from across the inhabited world, to describe the catastrophic effects of global warming. Powell's fictional narrator aims to model the inimitable Studs Terkel, but the resulting overall tone instead recalls the best of pulp science fiction from the 1950s: here a dash of Arthur C. Clarke's penchant for understatement, there a taste of Asimov's subtle bait-and-switch. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Powell's most moving chapter is "Nanuk" ("Polar Bear"), but not because, circa 2084, global warming's poster-beasts only survive in zoos. Rather, the chapter ends with a single, elegant question of booming resonance: "What will people do with the last Native Eskimo?" --Jason Kirk

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  • File Size: 320 KB
  • Print Length: 91 pages
  • Publisher: James L. Powell (March 21, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TAD8G0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hunter on April 6, 2011
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This is a great work of speculative fiction. My very first purchase from the Kindle store and I couldn't have picked a better book to start things off. The beauty of "2084" is that it reads like non-fiction. The narrators (interview subjects) never really talk about their families or personal lives that much, but collectively, they paint a very bleak and vivid picture of a faltering planet. The chapters: "The Four-Day War", "The Indus War", and "O Canada" are real standouts. Those chapters alone are worth more than the price I paid for the whole book. There are moments where things are too technical, but for the most part, the ideas, the pounding of the central theme, and the diversity of the settings make for one compelling experience. The reader should definitely snatch this before the price goes up. This is a steal.

Christopher Hunter
Author of the "The Days and Months We Were First Born" trilogy.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Ben Capozzi on June 19, 2011
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I read this after being drawn to dystopian near-futures by Paol Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl and this book disappointed.

I rate this book so poorly because it sets out to present itself as an oral history collecting the real words of real people (albeit imagined) in the future, but it reads instead like an extended essay listing cold facts and sometimes imaginative predictions. The book also suffers because the 'voices' of all the 'characters' are IDENTICAL.

EVERY CHAPTER HAS THE SAME VOICE.

It doesn't matter if it's a defeated Canadian governor now absorbed into the Union, an Inuit refugee, or the former Mexican ambassador to the US -they ALL have the same voice. When the author does make an attempt to differentiate -through a flash of accent or a single-sentence-but-apparently-deeply-personal story- it just comes across as amateurish.

Favorable comparisons to Max Brook's World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War do not give that excellent title proper respect.

2084 should have just been a speculative essay, dispensing entirely with any sort of story wrapper. Just make the scary predictions, back them up with facts or projections, and let folks make their own conclusions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ben in VT on August 2, 2011
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I'd urge anyone curious about this book to disregard reviews claiming "2084" is full of awkwardly-delivered propaganda. Nothing could be further from the truth. Like most reviewers, I found the book written with clarity, passion, and an unbelievable understanding of this global danger we're facing.

Mr. Powell's command of art and science provides us in the present day with a look at a possible (though not avoidable) future. At the end of "2084," I felt as if I'd gained a more human understanding of global warming, because I can close my eyes now and imagine the many changed landscapes, the many dead and destitute.

We've seen unimagined nightmares in history caused by technology, but with this issue we have had decades of fore warnings and predictions. Do you wonder what would happen across the world if the problem progresses unchecked? Read the book. Do you need a reason to do something about our situation? Read the book! Are you on the fence, or just wanting even more facts and figures? Read the book, then visit the author's website to watch a video providing a nice overview of the science behind global warming:

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So you know what to expect from the book, no, this is not a typical science fiction story. "2084" is just what the subtitle suggests, a series of eye-witness testimonies from those who have lived through the Great Warming or are growing up in a world tragically different than the one we enjoy today.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter E. Deatherage on July 2, 2011
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It makes it easy to understand what global climate change is doing to this country and the world. The book is very easy to read, I read it in an afternoon. Each chapter shows how global climate change will affect a different region. The conclusions are very believable and the author manages to stay away from politics.

A few mouth breathers rated this a one star and you can tell they did not read the book, they simply dislike anyone mentioning the fact that Global Climate Change is real.

One thing I disliked, about the kindle version, is that the typeface was set to bold. made it very hard to read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deb on May 12, 2011
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I downloaded this book last night and this morning awoke to find this in my inbox:
"M.I.T. doubles its 2095 warming projection to 10°F -- with 866 ppm and Arctic warming of 20°F"
Those who doubt the veracity of this author may be persuaded by the fact that MIT confirms the premise of this book.
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