Kim Stanley Robinson has slowly but surely become one of my favorite authors. He has a masterful ability to write about progress and utopia in a way that is honest about the pain and struggle required to get there.
MFTF is a unique book which largely forgoes a typical narrative structure and instead imagines the next hundred years on Earth as climate change becomes prescient to the point of threatening full societal collapse. It reads like a history book written from the year 2100 at which point many of the most dire consequences have been averted but detailing the hard-fought and bloody century that precedes this point of relative stability.
There are some compelling characters that help to move the story forward (I was particularly drawn to Frank May) but the book is really about ideas. From CarbonCoin, a block-chain cryptocurrency that is awarded to anyone who sequesters one ton of carbon, to the Children of Kali, a vigilante group whose mission is to assassinate oil executives and other huge polluters, Kim Stanley Robinson presents creative visions of how the fight against impending climate doom will play out.
So many of these ideas have stuck with me, rolling around in my head like one of those things you'd see in malls in the 90s where you could drop a coin and watch it spiral round and round until it finally drops through the black hole at the center. I found myself especially sympathetic to the Children of Kali as they took matters into their own hands and have enjoyed philosophizing about the morality of such actions. Certainly bombing a coal powerplant after hours or destroying oil pipelines is a no-brainer for me, but is killing an oil tycoon whose life's work has directly resulted in incalculable mass death justified?
I loved imagining the global wildlife corridors, the elimination of planes in favor of dirigibles and blimps, the idea of using blockchain for good, the red plenty algorithm, and so much more. I highly recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in climate change and exploring creative and believable solutions to a problem that is sure to define our lifetimes.