A near-future eco-thriller from the bestselling author of Schismatrix Plus and The Difference Engine.
The Storm Troupers are a group of weather hackers who roam the plains of Texas and Oklahoma, hopped up on adrenaline and technology. Utilizing virtual reality, flying robots, and all-terrain vehicles, they collect data on the extreme storms ravaging an America decimated by climate change. But even their visionary leader can't predict the danger on the horizon when a volatile new member joins their ranks and faces a trial by fire: a massive tornado unlike any the world has seen before.
"A remarkable and individual sharpness of vision . . . Sterling hacks the future, and an elegant hack it is." —Locus
"Lucid and tremendously entertaining. Sterling shows once more his skills in storytelling and technospeak. A cyberpunk winner." —Kirkus Reviews
"So believable are the speculations that . . . one becomes convinced that the world must and will develop into what Sterling has predicted." —Science Fiction Age
"A very exciting coming-of-age story in a wild future America . . . What's it got? Cyberpunk attitude, genuine humor, nanotechnology, minimal sex but some cool medications and very big weather systems." —SFReviews.net
"Brilliant . . . Fascinating . . . Exciting . . . A full complement of thrills." —The New York Review of Science Fiction