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A Ministry for the Present

A Ministry for the Present 1061392 NLFXXX10.1177/10957960211061392New Labor ForumBooks and the Arts research-article2021 Books and the Arts New Labor Forum 2022, Vol. 31(1) 94 –98 A Ministry for the Present Copyright © 2021, The Murphy Institute, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions journals.sagepub.com/home/nlf The Ministry for the Future where debates over whether to terraform Mars By Kim Stanley Robinson become a rigorous exploration of environmen- Orbit Books, 2020 talist politics. His Science in the Capital sequence ISBN-13: 9780316300162 of books (2004-2007, republished and revised as Green Earth in 2015) tackles unchecked climate Reviewed by: Matt Hauske and Hilary change explicitly, as a problem of daily life, Strang already present and active, even as many things DOI: 10.1177/10957960211061392 (like getting up and going to work) seem utterly unchanged. The Science in the Capital novels suggest that it is time to recognize that climate change is already here in quotidian American life. In contrast to that domestic, realist frame which asks the reader to look closely, Ministry gives us a fragmented, interrupted narrative, forcing the reader into a standpoint from which to glimpse the planet in its conflicted transfor- mation by global warming and sea-level rise, processes happening everywhere, but with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

A Ministry for the Present

New Labor Forum , Volume 31 (1): 3 – Jan 1, 2022

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1061392 NLFXXX10.1177/10957960211061392New Labor ForumBooks and the Arts research-article2021 Books and the Arts New Labor Forum 2022, Vol. 31(1) 94 –98 A Ministry for the Present Copyright © 2021, The Murphy Institute, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions journals.sagepub.com/home/nlf The Ministry for the Future where debates over whether to terraform Mars By Kim Stanley Robinson become a rigorous exploration of environmen- Orbit Books, 2020 talist politics. His Science in the Capital sequence ISBN-13: 9780316300162 of books (2004-2007, republished and revised as Green Earth in 2015) tackles unchecked climate Reviewed by: Matt Hauske and Hilary change explicitly, as a problem of daily life, Strang already present and active, even as many things DOI: 10.1177/10957960211061392 (like getting up and going to work) seem utterly unchanged. The Science in the Capital novels suggest that it is time to recognize that climate change is already here in quotidian American life. In contrast to that domestic, realist frame which asks the reader to look closely, Ministry gives us a fragmented, interrupted narrative, forcing the reader into a standpoint from which to glimpse the planet in its conflicted transfor- mation by global warming and sea-level rise, processes happening everywhere, but with

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Published: Jan 1, 2022

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