THE MINISTRY FOR THE FUTURE by Kim Stanley Robinson
Regular readers of the future-set stories of climate change, economics, and human ingenuity which characterise Kim Stanley Robinson’s major works, will be keen to pick up his latest opus. A surprise for me as an Irish person is to meet Mary Murphy, the head of Swiss-based Ministry for the Future, who loosely resembles Mary Robinson, Ireland’s former President and UN Commissioner on Refugees. She is in this position because this Mary is so nice that nobody could hate her.
In 2023, Frank May, an aid worker, is the sole survivor from a town near Lucknow struck by a disastrous Indian heatwave.