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The Aviator Paperback – September 12, 2012
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The truth is, a future Earth with continued climate change could look a lot of different ways, but the planet ala The Aviator is a reasonable approximation of a switched over climate, brought to us by someone who knows the science well. I'm less sure about the interaction between Artificial and Regular "Intelligence" depicted here, but it does produce an interesting interaction between fictional tropes. Climate change is real and unfettered could easily look like it does in this book. Artificial Intelligence is, in my mind, still imagined, and the use of the concept in Renowden's book is highly speculative. So, we have an interesting mix of higher and lower probabilities mixed together with what is otherwise a well imagined and very well told story regardless of the science fiction itself.
I have truly enjoyed it.
Gareth Renowden's solution is simple. Consciously or not he has simply extrapolated the ideological or issue-advocacy obvious in today's internet blogs and forums into the post-catastrophe society. Today's digital "silos" become tomorrows tribal groups. And, yes, they are just a inward-looking, suspicious and hostile to others as today's silo communities are. Except they have real weapons. These tribal groups, or ideological ghettos, give scope for some nice irony and humour in the book.
Renowden's post-catastrophe societies include the inevitable fundamentalist religious communities. But also communities based on artificial intelligence, technophobia, libertarianism, cynical "green" politics and so on. And, yes, there is even a climate change denial community - actively denying the world-wide catastrophe had anything to do with human-caused climate change. In fact still warning about an imminent ice-age (naturally caused of course)!
So you can imagine the scope for irony and humour there. Especially as Gareth Renowden is an author the climate change denial community love to hate. And they don't hold back on expressing that hate.Read more ›
For those of you into climate change science, Renowden weaves climate disruption into the fabric of the story throughout the book and pokes fun at deniers such as Heartland Institute. I laughed out loud in the airport when reading that particular section of the book.
This book has it all: Action, suspense, a bizarre love triangle, and a good dose of easy-to-understand climate science. The Aviator is a great read for those with little climate change background but also for those of us down in the technical weeds of the science. Highly recommend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very enjoyable sci-fi story, but all too plausible given changes in the Earth's climate. I like the characters and wanted them to succeed.Published 14 months ago by GeorgeWiman
This was an engaging, intelligent book addressing a wide range of issues connected with the future of technology and our planet's rapidly-changing climate system -- and with... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mark C.
A well written, engrossing story based in the near future which elegantly integrates potential future technologies into the sort of world we may be left with as the result of... Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Michael Edmonds
I agree with just about all the reviews here. This is the sort of book that ought to be topping the best seller lists!
Can't wait for the sequel. Read more
This book is tour through what our world might be like if we don't change our ways. It's more realistic than most people will realize. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by William Ockham
I really enjoyed reading this book. A mix of sci fi and fact. It does certainly paint a possible future for our planet and I applaud Gareth Renowden for creating a good read around... Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by johnnyg
The Aviator is a very enjoyable read. Set slightly in the future, it's takes you on a ride through the world after some serious climate change damage has been done. Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by RitaS
Sci-fi is a departure from my normal reading matter, but I was hooked on The Aviator from chapter one. Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by Debbie Steel