kalvano wrote:I haven't read it, is it that bad? I hope not, he was always one of my favorite authors.
Basically batshit insane environmentalist stereotypes try to use their scientific knowledge to create
a massive ecological disaster in order to convince people global warming is real and get the world to take it seriously. I couldn't read the whole thing, it was really bad and came across as a really political "global warming isn't real, why can't you scientists see that" screed. It got criticized after it came out, in part because he had to distort some scientists' research in order to justify his claims that global warming isn't real/is hotly disputed in the scientific community.
kalvano wrote:Did you know he graduated Harvard Medical School?
Yeah, and the man's knowledge of biology and genetics are remarkable. It's one of the reasons why people love so much of his sci-fi; it's geared around advances in technology that are actually feasible, such as the anti-epilepsy chip in "The Terminal Man" and the potential for cloning using recovered DNA in "Jurassic Park". (He was also the creator of "ER" and I assume the reason it ended up being at least somewhat more realistic than usual for a TV show.)
The problem is that he often has some anti-technology bent in his works, as if suggesting that there's something wrong with the progress we're making and we're ultimately dooming ourselves if we continue to take it. It's easy to get the impression from his books again and again that he thinks the world would be better off if we stopped trying to progress and invent new things to solve problems. It's our fault for trying to clone dinosaurs in Jurassic Park; it's our fault for trying to observe the past in Timeline; it's our fault for trying to cure epilepsy in The Terminal Man; it's our fault for trying to capture and study alien life in The Andromeda Strain; etc.
There's always that deep "if we just left things alone none of this would have happened" undertone. In State of Fear
it finally goes a full step further and shows scientists creating
the problem intentionally. His distrust for the medical/scientific community as a whole is just staggering.