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The greenhouse effect has expanded the desert-like regions of the world, submerged others (such as New Orleans and much of the Mississippi Valley), and turned Paris into a tropical paradise with honeysuckle, bougainvillea, African finches, and a Seine filled with alligators. The French capital is the setting for the latest world conference on climate change, and something big is brewing. Monique Calhoun, VIP services operative for Bread & Circuses (the top marketing company), is in charge of shepherding the luminaries at the conference; while "Prince Eric Esterhazy," the suave host of a luxury pleasure barge called "La Reine de la Seine" where the celebs and underworld bosses meet to party and do business, looks to pick up valuable info through his bugs and hidden cameras. Spinrad's lusty and idea-laden plot reminds one of Philip Dick, mixing in climatech, loud and hard-drinking Siberian millionaires, computer hardware that possibly incorporates a human brain for its processing memory, Mossad operatives, and some nifty plot twists.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 50% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   post environmental/nuclear disaster, fighting MadMax gangs    -   preventing/surviving an ecological disaster Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Water Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of private male anat. How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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