Top New Science Fiction Books in November 2021

Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson

Type: Novel
Editor: William Morrow
Release date: November 16

Den of Geek says: From the author of high-concept tomes like Seveneves comes one of our favorite things these days: “cli-fi”. Looks like it will be a book of great ideas towards the harder side of the SF spectrum.

Editor’s Summary: Neal Stephenson’s prescient new novel transports readers to a near future world in which the greenhouse effect has inexorably driven a troposphere of whirling dervishes, superstorms, rising sea levels, global floods, waves of ruthless heat and virulent and deadly pandemics.

One man — visionary billionaire restaurant chain magnate TR Schmidt, Ph.D. — has a big idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as “elementary.” But will it work? And just as important, what are the consequences for the planet and all of humanity if it were to be enforced?

From the heart of Texas to the Dutch royal palace in The Hague, from the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the sunny desert of Chihuahuan, Termination Shock brings together a disparate cast of characters from different cultures and continents who grapple with the real world repercussions of global warming. Ultimately, he asks the question: Could the cure be worse than the disease?

Epic scope all in heartbreaking human perspective, Termination Shock sounds a clarion alarm, ponders potential solutions and dire risks, and wraps it all up in an exhilarating, witty, and mind-blowing speculative adventure.