by John Varley
Review by Ernest Lilley
Ace Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441017577
Date: 04 September 2012 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Will the world as we know it end with a whimper or a bang? John Varley’s Slow Apocalypse gives it enough time to do both. When a bio-weapon turns the world’s oil supply into unusable goo, it’s not the end of everything in a flash we’re used to from nuclear war, zombie plague, asteroid impact or EMP strike. Things fall apart, but they do it in slower motion, and that gives us time for it to sink in.From official release/information:
Product Description: 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.