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Heavy Weather Paperback – December 1, 1995
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Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Heavy Weather is much like one of Sterling's other works, Holy Fire. The writing styles of both books are very similar. Both books deal with medical technology. The theme of whether or not medicine can be too high tech seems to run through both books. Some characters even seem like they could fit in with the characters in Holy Fire. In both books, Sterling focuses on the people in his story, rather than the technology itself. He writes more about how technology affects people.
The main characters, Jane and Alex, are two siblings that were never very close to each other. Fulfilling her role as the big sister, Jane saves Alex from a life of black market medical treatments, and takes him to experience her lifestyle. Jane lives with the Storm Troupe, a group of people that hack weather. The Troupe chases tornadoes gathering all the information they can get, in hopes that they will figure out the secrets behind one of Mother Nature's mysteries. Their mission is centered on a hypothesized F6 sized tornado, their Holy Grail.
One attraction to this book is how different it is from other cyberpunk novels.Read more ›
Sterling does go a little overboard with the F-6; the anticipation is built up so much that when he finally describes it, the disappointment is palpable. Words simply fail to capture the idea of such a colossal event.
However, this book is about people, and how they are dealing with a world in climatic catastrophe. Consequently, the characters are rich and the dialogue is textured. The characters are not ginger-bread people, each is noticeably different from one another. Many very clever lines from this book and some astute insights as to the nature of modern American thought.
The protagonists of Heavy Weather use nothing as handy as a thermometer, but rather a combination of modern and futurist tools, most of which require developing a personal knack to master. In addition to supplying a story, the extreme weather of the southern plains also serves as a metaphor for stormy relationships and the battle that one protagonist, Alex, wages with his own body, whose mysterious debility has seemed to control his life's purpose until he chooses to focus on helping his sister's troupe of roving weather hackers to understand the region. Medicine employs instruments much like those used to measure weather, but that reduce Alex's body to a mapped system that then does not respond to therapies as doctors project.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'd give this book 5 stars for atmospherics and setting, but only 2 for plot and story. I had a lot of trouble understanding and identifying with the characters. Read morePublished 18 months ago by SpacemanMike
Sterling plops the reader into the middle of a time and place and it is only by passing conversations or observations that one gradually understands all that has preceded this... Read morePublished on June 28, 2014 by Avid Reader
I was real excited to read this book. I only gave it three stars because it was just average. I expected more. It was just okay.Published on February 23, 2014 by Terry O'Reilly on steriods
If you are as freaked about the strange weather patterns consuming our news cycle this book will make you sit up and wonder, who is whispering in Bruce Sterling's ear. Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by S Dayton
I admit that this book was much different than I expected, which is partially my fault and partially the publisher (or Amazon's) fault. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by David Durtschi
I'm a huge fan of Bruce Sterling, but this book in particular is one of my favorites. Bruce is throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks here... Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Ken Kennedy
I was shocked to see that this book is 20 years old. The apocalyptic future it portrays is certainly not here, but it's not out of the question either. Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by R. Bohn
And that's a good thing, IMO.
Recently,tired of reading the same old hackney, formulaic sci-fi, I dug this paperback out of my under-the-bed book box and reread it. Read more