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2312 [Kindle Edition]

Kim Stanley Robinson
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Winner of the Nebula Award for Best SF Novel of the Year

The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future.

The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them.


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Praise for the Novels of Kim Stanley Robinson:

"Intellectually engaged and intensely humane in a way SF rarely is, exuberantly speculative in a way only the best SF can be, this is the work of a writer at or approaching the top of his game." - Iain M. Banks

"If I had to choose one writer whose work will set the standard for science fiction in the future, it would be Kim Stanley Robinson." --- The New York Times

"For power, scope, depth, and detail, no other Martian epic comes close." --- Kirkus on Red Mars

"Robinson's...scientific homework [is] impeccable, and his handling of a large cast is a model to many avowed saga mongers." --- Booklist on Red Mars

"The author succeeds...in his fascinating speculation about our ecological future, and the steps we could be taking to repair the world for future generations. " --- Kirkus on Fifty Degrees Below

"[Robinson] has created a novel of ideas of the best sort, filled to overflowing with philosophy, theology and scientific theory." --- Publishers Weekly on The Years of Rice and Salt

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"Robinson's extraordinary completeness of vision results in a magnificently realized, meticulously detailed future in which social and biological changes keep pace with technological developments." (Publishers Weekly )

"Intellectually engaged and intensely humane in a way SF rarely is, exuberantly speculative in a way only the best SF can be, this is the work of a writer at or approaching the top of his game." (Iain M. Banks )

"2312 is a monumental tour-de-force that re-imagines the solar system in ways no one has envisioned before. Whether comparing the compositions of Beethoven to those of skylarks and warblers, or describing a life-threatening sunrise on Mercury, Robinson fills 2312 with joy and exuberance, danger and fear, and the steadily mounting suspense of a mystery that spans the planets. This is the finest novel yet from the author who gave us the Mars Trilogy and GALILEO'S DREAM. An amazing accomplishment." (Robert Crais )

"Inherently epic stuff... expect interplanetary strife, conspiracies, more big ideas than most SF authors pack into a trilogy... [yet] this is ultimately in so many respects a book about Earth... a wise and wondrous novel" (SFX )

"Beautifully written and with strong mental imagery" (SciFi Now )

Product Details

  • File Size: 1209 KB
  • Print Length: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (May 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RD8544
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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408 of 453 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Review for the Haves, and the Have Nots June 6, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Two separate reviews in one, here: one for people that have read Kim Stanley Robinson (KSR) before, and one for those who have not.

Review 1: For those that have read and enjoyed KSR in the past (e.g. veterans of the massive Red Mars, Blue Mars, Green Mars trilogy), the message is simple. Get your hands on this book, kick back, and enjoy. KSR is at his terraforming best here; the Solar System a fabulous playground for the relentless expansion of Earth's most potent primate species. If you liked what KSR did with Mars, you'll find what he does with the rest of the Solar System breathtaking. And, you'll get, almost as an afterthought, a plot involving the elements of murder mystery, romance, political intrigue, and thriller all in one. 2312, in several senses, outdoes the Mars Trilogy, and builds on it. There is not a trace of succinctness in the entire book. But, fan, you already knew that about KSR.

Review 2: Never read KSR? KSR is a must read, if you think of yourself as a sci-fi buff. Not doing so would be like claiming to be a fan of English literature, but not having read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (or if length is a criteria, George Eliot's Mill on the Floss). And if you're going to read KSR, 2312 is a wonderful place to start.

KSR writes hard sci-fi. Virtually nothing included in this deeply imaginative exploration of what mankind's expansion throughout our solar system might look like by 2312, is without scientific foundation. KSR is a modern day polymath, with a knowledge base that is spectacularly broad, and not lacking in depth. What you'll be treated to in 2312 is page after page (after page, after page, after page) of KSR's informed and spectacularly innovative vision of where the marriage of technology and the human genome is headed.
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196 of 216 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
"Worldbuilding" has been a popular buzz word in the modern era of science fiction, and Kim Stanley Robinson has always scored points for his detailed construction of alien environments. In 2312, he turns his attention to asteroid building: asteroids are captured, hollowed out, fitted with propulsion systems, made into terraria that double as transport vehicles, and populated with animals like arks designed by futuristic Noahs. He also gives Mercury a city that travels on rails to avoid sunlight and imagines an Earth that has seen better days (particularly Florida, which is mostly underwater). Yet worldbuilding alone does not a successful novel make.

2312 gets off to a promising start as a terrarium designer and cutting edge artist named Swan Er Hong, rocked by the unexpected death of her elderly mentor Alex, discovers that Alex left her a message to be delivered to Wang Wei. Accompanied by Saturn's liason, Wahrum, Swan travels to Io where she learns that Alex had a plan to revivify a moribund Earth. Alex was also worried that the quantum computers (qubes) that run everything appeared to be going rogue. Another of Alex's friends, Inspector Genette, enlists Swan's help as he tries to complete the investigation he started with Alex. On a visit to Earth, Swan arranges for a kid named Kiran to escape his dreary life (the reader knows, of course, that Kiran will eventually reappear and play a crucial role in the story) before she returns to Mercury, where either a natural disaster or (more likely) a devastating attack briefly energizes the novel.

The energy, unfortunately, fizzles out, reigniting in spurts from time to time but never sustaining. When the plot moves along -- when things happen -- 2312 is an imaginative and entertaining novel.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Novel or collection of stories? July 10, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed reading about the descriptions of the solar system imagined by Robinson, but spent the whole book waiting for a real plot I could get swept up in, and about 3/4 of the way through that the somewhat independent stories that strictly didn't need each other was all the plot that I'd get. I think I'd rate this a 3 or 4 as a collection of short stories/novellas with the same universe and characters, but as a novel it didn't cut it.

My second issue was the 137 y/o central character was basically written to have the personality of a petulant teenager, yet be a world renown figure. This seems unlikely, but maybe I just don't know enough moody self absorbed adrenaline junky centenarians.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Warning--Poorly written June 21, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I've read science fiction for over 50 years. I was excited to see this new Robinson book at the bookstore, and thought I'd give it a read.

I was disappointed.

In the first part, "The dialogue looks like this," he said. "You mean a statement with a simple attribution in the tag?" she said. "Yes." he said. "And it goes on like that for quite a while I suppose," she said. "Yes," he said. "So he doesn't even bury the tag in the text, then" she said. "No, just hangs it on the end," he said. Etc.

"Later in the book, the dialogue tags become infested with adverbs," he said, critically. "Really?" she inquired, doubtfully. "Yes," he said, forcefully. "Are there any Tom Swifties?" she asked, quizzically. "Close," he said, knowingly. Etc.

The characters aren't adequately described. Swan, the key POV character, isn't physically described at all until about 20% of the book has been read.

There are beautiful, lyrical descriptions of some settings, but some of the settings thus described have no bearing on the plot.

The author inserts John Dos Passos-like lists here and there in the text. Not quite sure that works, however (These lists are distorted and truncated in the Kindle edition). John Brunner did that sort of thing much better.

I do not recommend the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Typically Kim Stanley Robinson
First of all, a caveat, I read this book rather disjointedly so it may not have flowed as well as the author intended. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Ashley Groeneweg
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to enjoy it more.
This is a book that I was relieved to finish. I couldn't wait. I was counting the pages. On one level I thoroughly enjoyed the world that Robinson built here, and I wanted to enjoy... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jason A. McFarland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful, one of the sci-fi novels I've ever read
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3.0 out of 5 stars If I could give it 3.5 stars...
Somewhere in this 640 page book is a great 300 page novel trying to get out! Distracting "lists" and "extracts" (sort of a "But I digress... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Fred Forbes
5.0 out of 5 stars This Hooked Me
Since reading, I've ordered and read several more by same author. This book gives a beautiful and unique view of a distant future. I often think of ideas and scenes from the book.
Published 17 days ago by MsWano
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Disappointed by this usually excellent author.
Published 18 days ago by Judith Pecorella
3.0 out of 5 stars I guess I had fun
The Mysteries of Udolpho is a sprawling 700 page monster of a book written at the end of the 18th century and the plot is roughly the same as Scooby Doo. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars I very rarely stop reading in the middle of a ...
I very rarely stop reading in the middle of a book. This one just could not catch my interest. The sci-fi ideas are creative, but the plot is plodding and the writing style is a... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked the Mars Trilogy? You'll probably like this.
If you liked the Mars trilogy, you'll like this. Read Daniel's review, as it pretty much sums up my thoughts as well, and I also commented on it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sheela E
3.0 out of 5 stars Read for the ideas and details, not the story/characters
The setting was really fascinating and well explored, especially the little vignettes between chapters exploring various concepts or technologies. Read more
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Kim Stanley Robinson is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards. He is the author of eleven previous books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Fifty Degrees Below, Forty Signs of Rain, The Years of Rice and Salt, and Antarctica--for which he was sent to the Antarctic by the U.S. National Science Foundation as part of their Antarctic Artists and Writers' Program. He lives in Davis, California.

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