The Functional Nerds have posted the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Slow Apocalypse by John Varley.

Here’s the synopsis:

Despite wars with Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as 9/11, the United States’ dependence on foreign oil has kept the nation tied to the Middle East. A scientist has developed a cure for America’s addiction—a slow-acting virus that feeds on petroleum, turning it solid. But he didn’t consider that his contagion of an Iraqi oil field could spread to infect the fuel supply of the entire world…

In Los Angeles, screenwriter Dave Marshall heard this scenario from a retired US marine and government insider who acted as a consultant on Dave’s last film. It sounded as implausible as many of his scripts, but the reality is much more frightening than anything he could have envisioned.

An ordinary guy armed with extraordinary information, Dave hopes his survivor’s instinct will kick in so he can protect his wife and daughter from the coming apocalypse that will alter the future of Earth—and humanity…

Book info as per Amazon US:

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Hardcover (September 4, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0441017576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441017577

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