What Will Manhattan Be Like After Sea Levels Rise? Kim Stanley Robinson’s New Novel Imagines

If sea levels rise over the next century as much as scientists predict, how will New York City survive? Sci-fi legend Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel, New York 2140, explores that very question, presenting a future metropolis in which “Every street [has become] a canal, every skyscraper an island.” In Robinson’s telling, 22nd-century New Yorkers don’t simply flee for drier climes; instead, they dig in and adapt, the way they always have. Vulture is pleased to exclusively present the novel’s official cover art, which presents a vision of Manhattan where many downtown landmarks are completely underwater. The book hits stores on March 21, 2017 — if you want to brush up on the science of rising sea levels before then, click here.

See the Cover of Kim Stanley Robinson’s New Book