Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it’s about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean.
Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders have come up with a plan to roll back global warming. They plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself—but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen.
Anika Duncan is an airship pilot for the underfunded United Nations Polar Guard. She’s intent on capturing a smuggled nuclear weapon that has made it into the Polar Circle and bringing the smugglers to justice.
Anika finds herself caught up in a plot by a cabal of military agencies and corporations who want Gaia Corporation stopped. But when Gaia Corp loses control of their superweapon, it will be Anika who has to decide the future of the world.
Awards and Nominations
Named a “Recommended Read” for 2012 by Locus Magazine
Praise for Arctic Rising
The author of Halo: The Cole Protocol delivers a fast-paced sf action thriller that presents a multifaceted look at the global warming crisis. Library Journal
…an intimate techno-thriller about an ecological showdown in an ice-free Arctic… …moves swiftly… Publishers Weekly
…Buckell shifts his narrative into overdrive, almost providing his readers with whiplash as they must keep up with his change of pace. This change occurs at the right time and Buckell successfully provides the reader with a book which not only offers action, but also explores the positives and negatives of global warming without too evidently landing on one side of the argument or the other… SF Site.
Only time will tell where Mr. Buckell will next ply his novel writing trade, but with Arctic Rising, he’s penned an entertaining, thought provoking thriller that could have the wider appeal of some of Michael Crichton’s better and stronger novels. SFF World
With his new novel Arctic Rising, Tobias Buckell may well just have invented a new sub-genre : near-future optimistic global warming thriller. Big Dumb Object
Buckell focuses as much on action-thriller set pieces as he does on teasing out a plausible future, placing the novel somewhere around the intersection of Michael Crichton and William Gibson. Kirkus
If you like very realistic science fiction thrillers, I highly recommend that you add Arctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell to your reading lists. –Douglas Cobb
Arctic Rising is a fun, interesting thriller… Curling Up by the Fire
The action is hectic and violent and there are some surprising twists along the way. – Don D’Ammassa, SF Review
…a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller. Bookloons
Arctic Rising explores a future world in which our ecosystem is irrevocably changed, and is essentially an eco-thriller with a politically astute and socio-economic edge. One thing I love about Buckell’s work is his attention to detail and his keen integration of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, and Arctic Rising is no exception. The Book Smugglers
Arctic Rising is the best James Bond novel I’ve ever read. Wait, what? Indeed Tobias Buckell’s latest novel could be taken as an Ian Fleming experiment gone terribly… right. An ironic homage to Bond, based on gads of research into the nature of climate change and some of the more inventive solutions, Buckell has created a near term speculative novel that’s as current as it is authentic … Ian Fleming, eat your heart out. Staffer’s Book Reviews
Arctic Rising is a tight novel that doesn’t waste any time getting up to speed and doesn’t slow down until the very end. Tor.com
…you might as well strap yourself in for the ride… Suzanne Johnson
Buckell sails into near future Earth science fiction with gusto. SF Signal
Tobias Buckell presents a gripping and convincing near-future scenario that is composed of many beautifully machined speculative parts, which all cohere into a stirring, verisimilitudinous portrait of our world circa 2050. Additionally, he provides a thriller-style plot worthy of Hitchcock or Neal Stephenson. The Barnes & Noble Review
I highly recommend Arctic Rising. Well-written, it will take you on an exhilarating, edge-of-your-seat adventure filled with just the right balance of nearly unbelievable and believable scenarios, whilst giving you a few laughs. Buckell manges to create just the right balance between thought-provoking ideas and pure, unadulterated fun. Geeky Pleasures
The bottom line is that Arctic Rising will keep you on the edge of your seat… The Qwillery Review
If you count on good thrillers to be told in clear, engaging prose and made up of interesting psychology, state-of-the-art research and swiftly moving plots, you couldn’t be in a better place. This one will give you the shivers, even as it makes you sweat. – NPR, All Things Considered
…a human-sized tale of global politics and speculative technology that shows off the worldbuilding skills of a confident science fiction author. – Shelf Awareness
THIS commercial sci-fi thriller has a premise that should interest ecologically minded Canadians. – Winnipeg Free Press
“Arctic Rising” is a very good classic spy thriller set in an exotic location. A location that exists only because of the drastic changes in our planet’s climate. – Denver Post
All in all this is a first-rate SF thriller. – Rich Horton, Black Gate
…an intelligent, fun and even poignant thriller… – Nethspace
Translations/Foreign Rights Editions
UK & Commonwealth: Del Rey UK