There’s plenty of great titles on the nominee list — including Martha Wells’ All Systems Red, Sarah Gailey’s River of Teeth, and Yoon Ha Lee’s Raven Stratagem — but the one I’m most interested in at the moment is Kim Stanley Robinson’s tale of urban post-apocalypse, New York 2140. The Washington Post calls it “Massively enjoyable,” and the Guardian says it’s “A towering novel about a genuinely grave threat to civilization,” but mostly I want to read it because, come on. A submerged New York in 120 years? That sounds awesome.
New York 2140 was published in hardcover last year, and finally appeared in trade paperback in March. Here’s the description.
As the sea levels rose, every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. For the residents of one apartment building in Madison Square, however, New York in the year 2140 is far from a drowned city.
There is the market trader, who finds opportunities where others find trouble. There is the detective, whose work will never disappear — along with the lawyers, of course.
There is the internet star, beloved by millions for her airship adventures, and the building’s manager, quietly respected for his attention to detail. Then there are two boys who don’t live there, but have no other home — and who are more important to its future than anyone might imagine.
Lastly there are the coders, temporary residents on the roof, whose disappearance triggers a sequence of events that threatens the existence of all — and even the long-hidden foundations on which the city rests.
New York 2140 was published in hardcover by Orbit on March 14, 2017, and reprinted in trade paperback on March 6, 2018. It is 624 pages, priced at $17.99 in paperback and $11.99 for the digital version. The cover is by Stephan Martiniere. Read a sample chapter at the Orbit website.
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