Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Arctic Rising 1 - Tobias S. Buckell

"The Arctic still had an island of ice floating around the actual Pole. It was kept alive by a fusion of conservationists, tourism, and the creation of a semi-country and series of ports that sprang up called Thule. They’d used refrigerator cables down off platforms to keep the ice congealed around themselves despite the warmed-up modern Arctic, a trick learned from old polar oil riggers who’d done that to create temporary ice islands back at the turn of the century. It was an old trick that didn’t really work anywhere else but near the Pole now. But even the carefully artificial polar ice island that was Thule still calved chunks, some of which would get as far south as Lancaster. Hit one at the speed this ship was going, they’d sink easily enough. “Shall we get closer to him and sniff him over?” Anika asked. “Remind him to slow down.”" 3.5 out of 5 http://www.tor.com/stories/2012/01/arctic-rising-excerpt