- Hardcover: 624 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (March 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031626234X
- ISBN-13: 978-0316262347
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Science fiction is threaded everywhere through culture nowadays, and it would take an act of critical myopia to miss the fact that Robinson is one of the world's finest working novelists, in any genre. NEW YORK 2140 is a towering novel about a genuinely grave threat to civilisation."―Guardian on New York 2140
"An exploration of human resilience in the face of extreme pressure...starkly beautiful and fundamentally optimistic visions of technological and social change in the face of some of the worst devastation we might bring upon ourselves."―The Conversation
"As much a critique of contemporary capitalism, social mores and timeless human foibles, this energetic, multi-layered narrative is also a model of visionary worldbuilding."―RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!) on New York 2140
"A thoroughly enjoyable exercise in worldbuilding, written with a cleareyed love for the city's past, present, and future."―Kirkus on New York 2140
"The tale is one of adventure, intrigue, relationships, and market forces.... The individual threads weave together into a complex story well worth the read."
―Booklist on New York 2140
"A rousing tribute to the human spirit."―San Francisco Chronicle on Aurora
"The thrilling creation of plausible future technology and the grandness of imagination...magnificent."―Sunday Times on Aurora
"[Robinson is] a rare contemporary writer to earn a reputation on par with earlier masters such as Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke."―Chicago Tribune on Aurora
"If Interstellar left you wanting more, then this novel might just fill that longing."―io9 on Aurora
"Aurora may well be Robinson's best novel...breaks us out of our well-ingrained, supremely well-rehearsed habits of apocalypse - and lets us see the option of a different future than permanent, hopeless standoff."―Los Angeles Review of Books on Aurora
"Humanity's first trip to another star is incredibly ambitious, impeccably planned and executed on a grand scale in Aurora."―SPACE.com on Aurora
"[A] near-perfect marriage of the technical and the psychological."―NPR Books on Aurora
"[A] heart-warming, provocative tale."―Scientific American on Aurora
"This ambitious hard SF epic shows Robinson at the top of his game... [A] poignant story, which admirably stretches the limits of human imagination."―Publishers Weekly on Aurora
"This is hard SF the way it's mean to be written: technical, scientific, with big ideas and a fully realized society. Robinson is an acknowledged sf master-his Mars trilogy and his stand-alone novel 2312 (2012) were multiple award winners and nominees-and this latest novel is sure to be a big hit with devoted fans of old-school science fiction."―Booklist on Aurora
"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 on 2312
"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
"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 on 2312
" In his vibrant, often moving new novel, 2312, Robinson's extrapolation is hard-wired to a truly affecting personal love story. [...] Perhaps Robinson's finest novel, 2312 is a treasured gift to fans of passionate storytelling; readers will be with Swan and Wahram in the tunnel long after reaching the last page."―LA Times
"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 on 2312
About the Author
Kim Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain, The Years of Rice and Salt and 2312. In 2008, he was named a "Hero of the Environment" by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. He lives in Davis, California.
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Top Customer Reviews
Rebecca Solnit's nonfiction book titled "A Paradise Built in Hell, one of the freshest, deepest, most optimistic accounts of human nature I've ever read, reminds me also of Robinsin's New York 2140" which is also about
people rising to the occasion of a Manhattan hit by a 50-foot sea level rise and their rising to the occasion joy and determination in KSR's cli-fi vision of the near future, what he calls "Utopian Climate Change Fiction." The joy his characters exhibit reveal an ordinarily unmet yearning for community, purposefulness, and meaningful work in the year 2140. Like ''A Paradise Built in Hell,' Stan's novel is also an investigation of the moments of altruism, resourcefulness, and generosity that arise amid an unspeakable climate disaster's grief and disruption and considers their implications for everyday life. And like Rebecca's book, "New York 2140" also points to a new vision of what American society could become -- one that is less authoritarian and fearful, more collaborative and local.
All of the skyscrapers in the year 2140 are like miniature islands from the extremely elevated sea levels due to the effects of global warming. This book is a two year look into the residence of a very famous skyscraper complex in New York City. We get to see these individuals' lives coincide with one another, and showcase some events that they all take part in to make New York a better place to live. Yes, it can be slow at times, but that is what is somewhat expected with family sagas (and these people are for sure a family at this point), but the importance of this book is undeniable. I hope it doesn't take until 2140 for the people of our world to open their eyes and change.
“As always, each neighborhood was a little world, with a particular character. Some of them looked fine, others were bedraggled, still others abandoned. It wasn't always clear why any given neighborhood should look the way it did. Things happened, a building held or fell down, its surroundings followed. Very contingent, very volatile, very high risk.”
Occupants whose life we follow that live in The Met Life Tower on Madison Square:
➽ Vlade - The building manager, with a tragic past. Very caring, helpful, handy, and just a little cinnamon roll in general.
➽ Mutt - Coder who is playing with something much bigger than himself.
➽ Jeff - Coder with a very powerful cousin.
➽ Gen - Investigator/Detective, and probably just the coolest cop I've ever read about. I seriously love this character with my whole heart.
➽ Charlotte - Lawyer, who is very interested in congress, with a powerful ex-husband.
➽ Franklin - Market trader, sort of a horndog, but a useful horndog. (I feel funny saying horndog.)
➽ Amelia - Internet star with her own airship, whose passion in life is saving animals while filming it.
➽ Stefan - Homeless boy who came over with his parents from Russia.
➽ Roberto - Homeless boy that never knew his family.
➽ Mr. Hexter - Old man who befriends the two boys above. He has many books and maps that lead to many adventures. And all of the stories he tells makes this book an ode to book lovers everywhere.
I know this seems like an unusual bunch, but I promise their friendships become something of magic and their diversity is realistic and so important, too. All their different dynamics seamlessly work together, and give me hope for the future, especially Roberto and Stefan.
“History is humankind trying to get a grip. Obviously not easy. But it could go better if you would pay a little more attention to certain details, like for instance your planet.”
A huge and relevant topic in this book is immigration. This story will constantly remind you of what is going on in today's world. We get to see children suffering, just because they didn't get lucky enough to be born into money or into a family that's name is worthy of remembering. This book will constantly make you check your privilege.
“This remarkable rise had been bad for people-most of them. But at this point the four hundred richest people on the planet owned half the planet's wealth, and the top one percent owned fully eighty percent of the world's wealth. For them it wasn't so bad.”
I don't want to get too preachy in this review, but this book is a look into what could be our future if we continue to treat Earth the way we do. It breaks my heart to even think about what our government here in the United States cares about, while ignoring global warming, climate change, and all the other signs that we are slowly but surely killing our planet.
“They published their papers, and shouted and waved their arms, and a few canny and deeply thoughtful sci-fi writes wrote up lurid accounts of such an eventuality, and the rest of civilization went on torching the planet like a Burning Man pyromasterpeice.”
This book highlights what is happening right now in today's world, while showing us what it is like to live in 2140, where our world has become so flooded that only the rich are truly ever safe, while the poor have to pray and hope they will be safe enough to live another day. Everyone lives in skyscrapers high in the air that have been reinforced to be able to stand above the water to allow housing for some. These buildings are like islands, separated by water, and people take boats wherever they go.
TL;DR - This book is woke as hell, and should be required reading in 2017, especially to every government official, who still thinks it's more important to control women's bodies and make it harder to get health care while using our money to build pointless wall.
This is also an important book to remind people that without us "normal folk" there wouldn't be a government, because we are the government. Yes, we let banks and big corporations pretty much rule right now, but ultimately we are in control and we can/could change that.
On a much too personal note, many of you know I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. There is not a male in my family that isn't currently working for General Motors, working for a corporation affiliated with General Motors, or that has retired from General Motors. It truly is the middle-class Michigan way. You might think this would make me loyal to them, but quite the contrary because they are terrible company that proves over and over how much they do not care about their workers. Every chapter that Kim Stanley Robinson touched on the choices GM made back in the 2000's made me relate to this book even more than I already did. I have no words for that feeling or that emotion it evokes from me.
All these important topics: global warming, climate change, refuge crisis, wealth distribution, universal health care, free education, animal extinction - they are all discussed in great detail inside this book. And because of all of these things, we are all losing a war not only with our planet, but with each other, and we are all going to suffer the repercussions from these actions.
Closing advice: besides the fact that this book made me want to make a bigger difference and do more, it has also made me want to buy a house in Denver as soon as possible. This book teaches the reader a lot, but it will also reinforce the fact that nothing bad happens geologically in Denver. I'm legitimately only half way joking.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. As I stated above, it can be a little slow at times, and sometimes pieces of the puzzle will fit together a little too perfectly, but this is too relevant and important of a book to let pass by. That being said, I still wish there was a little bit more action and a little bit more mystery, but this book is still without a doubt worth the read and I urge everyone to pick this up.
“Because life is robust. Because life is bigger than equations, stronger than money, stronger than guns and poison and bad zoning policy, stronger than capitalism. Because Mother Nature bats last, and Mother Ocean is strong, and we live inside our mothers forever, and Life is tenacious and you can never kill it, you can never buy it.”
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Interesting and innovative setting.
Some intriguing characters and relationships.
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