Francis Conway is Swill - one of the 90% in the year 2041 who must subsist on the inadequate charities of the state. A young boy growing. Life, already difficult, is rapidly becoming impossible for Francis and others like him, as government corruption, official blindness and nature have conspired to turn Swill homes into watery tombs. And now the young boy must find a way to escape the approaching tide of disaster.
THE SEA AND SUMMER, published in the US as THE DROWNING TOWERS, is George Turner's masterful exploration of the effects of climate change in the not-too-distant future. Comparable to J.G. Ballard's THE DROWNED WORLD, it was shortlisted for the NEBULA AWARD and won the ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD.
George Reginald Turner (1916-1997) was an Australian writer and critic, best known for the science fiction novels written in the later part of his career. His mainstream novel, THE CUPBOARD UNDER THE STAIRS won the MILES FRANKLIN AWARD, Australia's highest literary honour. His best-known SF novel, THE DROWNING TOWERS, was published in the UK under the title THE SEA AND SUMMER, and won the second ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD in 1988. George Turner was named as a Guest of Honour for the 1999 World Science Fiction Convention held in his home town of Melbourne, but died before the event.