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Cover & Synopsis: “Slow Apocalypse” by John Varley

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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4 Comments on Cover & Synopsis: “Slow Apocalypse” by John Varley

  1. Midas68 // July 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm //

    Varley has done some top of the line work in SF before.

    So a little buzz for that.

    But any Apocalypse novel that doesn’t mean Flesh Eating Zombies gets big Props today.

  2. Maria Stahl // August 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm //

    I remember a novel on a similar vein a few years ago, only it was a microorganism bioengineered to eat up oil spills. Of course it mutated or escaped or something and ate everything petroleum based, which includes all plastics. Anybody remember that one?

  3. Maria Stahl // August 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm //

    Well, now I’m wondering if it was Ill Wind by Kevin J. Anderson. Whichever one it was, one of the characters turned out to be the captain of an oil tanker that had dumped its load and set all this in motion; he was guilt-wracked.

  4. Matte Lozenge // August 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm //

    Peak Oil just got a little more peakier. World dieoff, anyone?

    Back in April Varley said-

    “I will say to you that this novel is NOT like anything I’ve written before. I am so pleased to see my old friend George RR Martin raking in the dough; this is my attempt to reach a larger audience, like he has, beyond all you lovely people. It is my hope that my long-time readers will enjoy it, too.”

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