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Science  17 Mar 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6330, pp. 1135
DOI: 10.1126/science.aal4576

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In his new "cli-fi" novel New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson envisions a future New York in which the city's streets have been transformed by rising oceans into busy canals, and skyscrapers built on bedrock have sealed their lower floors but continue to function. The story unfolds through the overlapping lives of the residents of the Metropolitan Life Tower, who come together to prevent economic disaster in the wake of the collapse of a bubble in "intertidal" real estate. Filled with guarded optimism about our capacity to meet daunting challenges, the novel invites readers to imagine our own 21st-century future.