Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson
where Mortality meets colonies, other unilateral actions, and authorial intents.
Termination Shock reads as a dark critique of projects which omit lifecycle planning, ie. where failing to plan is planning to fail. In the foreground is humanity's use of fuels and environment, while in the background are the failures of colonies to thrive post independence. Granted, politics militates against lifecycle analytics as the demands of the day trump those of the next century, let alone those of the next millenia. 1
Even if a lifecycle is envisioned, it's not always the case that enough will remains to see it through. The United States famously stopped expanding, and is still suffering through that termination shock. Likewise, this book could have been 300 pages longer with a successful shutdown of the West Texas facility, which then could have then made sense of the attack on the Maeslantkering and the sea foam fatalities.