In the year 2248, Mars is ruled by a Politburo-like committee that actively discourages dissent as well as travel and exploration of other planets. Scientist Emma Weil becomes involved in a covert plot to convert a stolen ship into a self-supporting spaceship. She turns down a chance to accompany the starfarers, and returns to her beloved Mars where she joins the revolution already in progress.
Three centuries later, archaeologist Hjalmar Nederland unearths a governmental cover-up of the true facts behind the old revolution. At the same time, a Stonehenge-like monument is discovered on the north pole of Pluto, and Nederland sets out to prove his theory that the monument is connected to revolutionaries and their contemporaries who left for the stars. Seventy years later, his great-grandson Edmond Doya becomes convinced that Icehenge is a hoax, and attempts to disprove Nederland's theory.
In addition to futuristic issues such as interstellar travel and the terraforming of Mars, Robinson's characters grapple with politics, careers, families, and aging. Icehenge is a worthy introduction to the author's winning combination of hard science and believable characterization. --Bonnie Bouman
It's hard to provide a clear synopsis because the book itself is a little convoluted.
The style is restrained and very readable This is an undervalued piece of science fiction that can hold its own with the greats.
Icehenge has a good story with memorable characters and events that lead to a good ending.
An interesting early work by KSR focused on Mars. Written as a series of short stories with connecting characters, it is a mini-saga of sorts covering several hundred years of... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Tenchi in DC
Parts of this book are unique and unforgettable, they may as well be cinema, they are so visually vivid. And it's a great story. Kim Stanley Robinson always delivers the goods.Published 2 months ago by M A Smith
Confession: I'm a KSR fan, but seem to have read his books in reverse order. KSR seems to like trilogies. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Sibert
I've read just about all of his published works, and Icehenge is what I consider Mr. Robonson's most tightly woven tale. Read morePublished 3 months ago by cwtengr
I'm surprised that this book gets such high marks and so many rave reviews. I found the book to be poorly written with few - if any - likeable characters (even the characters know... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michael Nyman
Three connected stories spread over 400 years as humans explore the solar system from the Martian settlements and discover a Stonehenge-like monument on Pluto. Read morePublished on May 2, 2012 by M. Bailey
A good story about an impossible construct leads the main characters to search for the meaning behind it and the people that placed it there. Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by fastreader
Icehenge is a science fiction book that isn't easy to follow. It involves a futuristic search for how icehenge (take off on stonehenge in England?) got on the planet Pluto. Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by Burt Shachter
I like Kim Stanley Robinson's Icehenge. After reading his epic Mars trilogy Red, Green, Blue Mars all 5 stars I had to try Icehenge. Robinson does not disappoint. Read morePublished on June 25, 2010 by Thomas Erickson