This science fiction book by John Barnes has been on my mind since the tsunami. I enjoyed it when I read it … 4 or 5 years ago? Keen predictions on several trends, and spooky with the stuff about (attempting to) control the weather. At least, that’s how I remember it, the reviewer describes it a bit differently but maybe it was a combination of an ‘accident’ and planned attempts at direct influence? The media stuff was creepy. Similar to media prediction in Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood. Also intense, and awful grim.