Mother of Storms

For the 1989 fantasy novel Mother of Storms, see Adrian Cole.
Mother of Storms

Author John Barnes
Genre science fiction
Publisher Tor
Publication date
July 1994
Media type hardcover
Pages 432
ISBN 0-312-85560-5

Mother of Storms is a 1994 science fiction novel by John Barnes. It was nominated for three major science fiction awards.[1]

Plot summary

In the early 21st century, the Earth suffers from a giant hurricane spawned by the release of clathrate compounds, as the result of a nuclear explosion. While the hurricane spawns hundreds of progeny, which, by novel's end, kill at least 1 billion people, two massively computer augmented human intelligences, both of whom witness their organic bodies die, race to corral a comet from beyond Pluto's orbit. They use the ice from the comet to reduce the Earth's surface temperatures, and quell the mother of storms.

Scientific ideas referenced

The clathrate gun hypothesis is the basis for the origin of the hurricane.

Award nominations



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