No Happy Nonsense

The Ministry For The Future

By: Kim Stanley Robinson
Published: 2020
Genre: Science Fiction
Finished Reading: April 14th, 2022

While technically science fiction in the sense that "here's a story about scientific things that aren't happening in the world today," TMftF reads more as "this is not only possible, but realistic. Necessary. Mandatory." The science is based in current capabilities and expands outward from there, greener and greener realities manifested all because a governmental body was given the teeth to alter the trajectory of the world.

There lies the most unrealistic part of the entire premise; that anyone, in any capacity, would ever give a group of people real agency to keep the world inhabitable for future generations. Maybe it's my cynicism showing again, but I just don't think anyone would ever turn away power and money in any fashion. This is addressed in the book, of course. Some people are taken care of via means that can only be justified with the end in mind.

But overall, I loved this book. It reads like a future history of a world I hope exists one day. It feels a foregone conclusion that climate change is going to create horrific disasters that we as a people cannot outrun. My hope is that this book acts as a blueprint for how we can tackle the problems. All of them, everywhere at once. That's how it has to happen, that's how they do it in the Ministry.

Also, I took my sweet time with this one, eh? 64 days to get through the book. I enjoyed it a lot, could easily have been done with it in a week, but life started to get busier and busier and I found myself only reading a few pages in passing on some days. Some days I didn't read at all. I'm not tracking well towards 52 books at this point, and with life-hecticness still fully engaged, I don't think I'll make it there. But I can read, and enjoy. Maybe that's all I should be doing with books. Read them, enjoy them. Don't chase numbers.