Heavy Weather

Heavy Weather Bruce Sterling one of the founding fathers of the cyberpunk genre now presents a novel of vivid imagination and invention that proves his talent for creating brilliant speculative fiction is sharper

  • Title: Heavy Weather
  • Author: Bruce Sterling
  • ISBN: 9780553572926
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bruce Sterling, one of the founding fathers of the cyberpunk genre, now presents a novel of vivid imagination and invention that proves his talent for creating brilliant speculative fiction is sharper than ever Forty years from now, Earth s climate has been drastically changed by the greenhouse effect.Tornadoes of almost unimaginable force roam the open spaces of Texas.AnBruce Sterling, one of the founding fathers of the cyberpunk genre, now presents a novel of vivid imagination and invention that proves his talent for creating brilliant speculative fiction is sharper than ever Forty years from now, Earth s climate has been drastically changed by the greenhouse effect.Tornadoes of almost unimaginable force roam the open spaces of Texas.And on their trail are the Storm Troupers a ragtag band of computer experts and atmospheric scientists who live to hack heavy weather to document it and spread the information as far as the digital networks will stretch, using virtual reality to explore the eye of the storm.Although it s incredibly addictive, this is no game.The Troupers computer models suggest that soon an F 6 will strike a tornado of an intensity that exceeds any existing scale a storm so devastating that it may never stop.And they re going to be there when all hell breaks loose.

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    About "Bruce Sterling"

    1. Bruce Sterling

      Michael Bruce Sterling is an American science fiction author, best known for his novels and his seminal work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which helped define the cyberpunk genre.

    920 thoughts on “Heavy Weather”

    1. Heavy Weather is Twister in book form - pure and simple. In some ways the parallels are amazing. The book and the movie came out within two years of each other (can't remember which came first. Both works depict a storm chasing group in the midwest whose lead protagonist is trying to prove a theory. Both even depict. cows!Sterling is one of the best known "cyberpunk" authors, but its important to realize that this book is not cyberpunk in any real sense. It is more "post-apocalyptic" in the Mad [...]


    2. This is by far my favorite Sterling book. Unlike his earlier Mechist-Shaper story cycle, this book still seems all-too-possible. Plus, I want that Jumping Jeep with the Smart Wheels. How awesome was THAT thing?! Daaaamn.At times the clunky prose intrudes, as do some of the obvious "As you know Bob" moments, but overall this is solid stuff, and still feels like it could happen.


    3. I read Heavy Weather back when it came out in the 90's about Category 5 tornados long b4 it was popular to conceive of dust bowel like extreme weather droughts in the SW part of the US caused by Climate Change. Sterling is from that part of the country.I don't know the severity of the May 2013 tornado in Oklahoma, maybe a C4-5 and 2 miles wide somewhat like the unbelievable size of hurricane Sandy.Bruce Sterling's book was my fictional intro to the future of AGW. His descriptions of coming extre [...]


    4. Fun Bruce Sterling novel about post-apocalyptic group of dubious scientists chasing tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma, in search of the ultimate tornado that would be so big that it would be permanent and open a vortex into space. Somewhat of a sci-fi comedy as well.


    5. Heavy Weather looks like an adaptation of the movie Twister on the surface: giant tornadoes, obsessed scientists, even that one scene with the flying cow, but it's actually a smart dark mirror that seriously asks and answers the question "What would it be like to live through the worst of anthropocentric climate change?"In the year 2031, Alex Unger is dying in a private Mexican hospital when his sister Janey breaks him out and takes him for one last fling chasing tornadoes in blasted West Texas, [...]


    6. Third reading of Heavy Weather. I love the descriptions of the tornado chases, they give a visceral thrill to a weather-geek like me (just wish there had been more discussion/description of the F6 tornado and just more about the weather full stop). The political fallout of climate change induced "Heavy weather" are well explored, and considering this book was written in 1993, some of the tech and environmental stuff predicted by Sterling for 2030 are looking pretty likely. The downside of the bo [...]


    7. A good novel. I'm not a fan of long-chapter books, but it kept up a good pace nevertheless. I'm impressed with the small bit of near-future Earth Bruce Sterling presents, especially the "heavy weather" the Storm Troupe chases. Everything seemed very reald frightening. I enjoyed the culture of the Storm Troupe, not because I'd want to live it, but because I felt like I understood why THEY would choose to live it. The end was a bit weird in terms of how some of the characters came to their resolut [...]


    8. review of Bruce Sterling's Heavy Weather by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - October 24, 2017 [See the full review here: /story/show/ ]I keep picking on Cyberpunk writing in much the same way I pick on Surrealist writing. At the same time that I like it in theory I'm annoyed by it in praxis. What was the last cyberpunk novel I read & reviewed? Weeellll, that depends on how one defines Cyberpunk, obviously. Is Cyberpunk any story in wch societally fringe & rebellious characters are expert wit [...]


    9. Given the extreme weather conditions we have experienced in 2012, this novel from one of the creators of cyberpunk, feels almost ripped from the headlines. And yet, it was published 18 years ago. This is a book about extreme climate change and the the meteorology of North American plains. Weatherpunk? The basic set-up is a band of tornado chasers who operate in 2031 West Texas, a land of declining economics, declining civil order, and declining human survivability. At one point, I did some resea [...]


    10. I'm somewhat torn over Bruce Sterling. Most of his books that I have read are from the late Eighties/early Nineties. The reader is usually introduced to a group of characters with an occupation that is out of the norm, in this case storm chasers/"weather hackers". I always find this aspect of the story very intriguing, with the technical details of the occupation being brought to the forefront to show the ways that these folks might view life differently than the rest of us. It's the endings tha [...]


    11. This is a cautionary near-future sci-fi story of the impact of global warming on weather patterns. We are already seeing the beginning of increased storms, tornados, hurricanes, and tsunamis (or Heavy Weather). In 2030, the time period of the story, the majority of the U.S. government's budget goes toward disaster relief. Thousands are homeless, the U.S. economy has collapsed, entire geographic areas are abandoned, and some wildlife species die off while others grow out of control. The story fol [...]


    12. Actual rating is 2.5.I liked this book at first.It looked like a book about The Adventure of semi-professionals' & science enthusiasts' group. Everyday life at camp against half-ruined world, usual people, usual desires. Calm-to-extreme routine and F-6 storm somewhere in future.It felt somehow new - smooth plot, not so outstanding characters, no hard intrigue, but every aspect was well-balanced creating a pleasant picture. Then the F-6 came. And it still clicked with everything else. What di [...]


    13. More character-oriented than my taste. Not sure if character-oriented readers will feel character development is deep enough.A near-future tale with climate change (and resulting social changes) give a background for a group of tornado chasers / data collectors - and the seriously ill brother of a member of the group. The increased "heavy weather" seems scientifically founded, but I'm not so sure about the basis for the super-storm the tornado chasers are anticipating. When that focus of the boo [...]


    14. Good premise, but the author tries way too hard to be edgy and high tech. His overstretch technical lingo left me feeling annoyed more than impressed more often than not. Beware the story that aims to preach its post-human excess "this is what Global Warming will do to us" message before it attempts to develop solid characters or plot lines. If you want to scare people with this type of material, write non-fiction. Reality is terrifying enough without embellishment.


    15. The characters are interesting and you want to know about them. In terms of plot, everything up to the climax was interesting and well-crafted, albeit majorly depressing. The climax was ok, the stuff that followed was stupid and nonsense. Spoiler alert: The last thing a book like this needs is a "They lived happily ever after" ending. What a rip.


    16. A must read for all cyberpunk fans of Sterling. I loved all the technology he envisioned in this book. Somehow, someway, every scene in this book will probably take place. If you want to know how our future turns out, read Sterling. It's a must.



    17. Maybe a lot closer to a 3, but sex scenes in books are boring enough as it is, and I'm pretty sure adding an anti-condom homily did nothing to improve the situation.


    18. For some reason I just like this one. Characters are nuts and are in search of the (literally) perfect storm: the F5 tornado.



    19. More reviews over at my blog: consumingcyberpunk"I just can't believe that civilization is going to get off the hook that easy. 'The end of civilization'—what end? What civilization, for that matter?e kind of trouble we got, they aren't allowed to have any end."It's the year 2031 in Heavy Weather, and perhaps unsurprisingly, things haven't gotten better. Global economies have crashed. Governments hardly function. Currency, communication, and borders have rapidly changed due to the massive chan [...]


    20. Quase dei três estrelas porque, apesar de ter personagens vivendo situações intensas, não os achei muito carismáticos, me pareceram superficiais.Por outro lado a história é interessante, prende a atenção e nos alerta para a consciência ecológica.Só foi publicado no Brasil em 2008 (li pouco depois) o que prejudica um pouco o livro que, quando foi publicado (na década de 90) estava bem sintonizado com o pensamento ecológico da época. Nossa visão da ecologia e da mudança climática [...]


    21. Alas, another 3.5 book. Despite being topical these days, I didn't find the book gripping enough for a 4.




    22. J’ai dû avoir un été extra-lucide. Parce qu’après avoir lu Titan, qui est une vision très anticipée des souçis de la NASA, j’ai lu Gros temps de Bruce Sterling, celui-là même de Schismatrice (fabuleux) et des mailles du réseau (formidable). Bref, un auteur dont on pourrait dire avec peu de mauvaise foi que j’en suis fan. Mais là n’est pas l’objet de cet avis. Gros temps est un roman qu’on pourrait décrire comme un “Twister” (le film sur les tornades) remis à une sa [...]


    23. I read this book for a graduate seminar on ecocriticism in later American fiction, and it was probably the only post-19th century lit class I enjoyed in my college career because we read a bunch of science fiction. This book is mainly centered (unsurprisingly) on weather, so if you're a fan of sci fi that deals with environmental collapse, you'll have a good time reading Heavy Weather. My main issues with the novel, however, deal mainly with narrative.Things I Liked1. Cyberpunk Genre: I have to [...]


    24. In questo romanzo, che definirei più distopico che di fantascienza (anche se assegnare per forza un genere non è poi così importante, secondo me), mi sono piaciuti di più i personaggi che l'ambientazione. Intendiamoci, l'ambientazione, ovvero la Terra degli anni Trenta del Duemila, desertificata dall'effetto serra, è parte integrante anche dei personaggi, che non sarebbero così come sono e non agirebbero così come agiscono se non si trovassero a vivere in quella situazione.I protagonisti [...]


    25. This book was alright. I read it because it sounded to me like it would involve people hacking weather and controlling it with technology. That would have been way better than what the book really was about. It was just about people who took readings on bad weather, and the term hack was used instead of something like "do with a particular skill" rather than the usual use of hack that involves altering something existing to do something different, most often with software. That definition that I [...]


    26. This is an action adventure set in a west Texas and Oklahoma in the not too distant, but dystopic future. The action consists of chasing and recording the biggest tornado ever. The adventure is that it's very risky and the characters are built to be complicated enough to miss them if they get killed. The story came out 20 years ago and this past year it seems as though weather is getting heavy. Though not quite as heavy as the book. I just finished reading it on the day that Atlanta was brought [...]


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