Mother of Storms

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Mother of Storms
Mother of Storms book cover.jpg
First edition
AuthorJohn Barnes
Cover artistBob Eggleton
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
Publication date
July 1994
Media typePrint (Hardcover)

Mother of Storms is a 1994 science fiction novel by John Barnes. It was nominated for three major science fiction awards.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

In the early 21st century, the Earth suffers from a giant hurricane spawned by the release of clathrate compounds, as the result of a nuclear explosion. While the hurricane spawns hundreds of progeny, which, by novel's end, kill at least 1 billion people, two massively computer augmented human intelligences, both of whom witness their organic bodies die, race to corral a comet from beyond Pluto's orbit. They use the ice from the comet to reduce the Earth's surface temperatures, and quell the mother of storms.

Scientific ideas referenced[edit]

The clathrate gun hypothesis is the basis for the origin of the hurricane.

Award nominations[edit]



  1. ^ "MOTHER OF STORMS by John Barnes". Kirkus Reviews. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2018.

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