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ISBN13: 9780316098120
ISBN10: 0316098124
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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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"Robinson (Galileo's Dream) delivers a challenging, compelling masterpiece of science fiction. In a spectacularly depicted future of interplanetary colonization, humanity has spread across the entire solar system, from miniature biomes in hollowed-out asteroids to a moving city racing the fatal rays of the sun on Mercury. Mercurian artist and biome designer Swan Er Hong is struggling to cope with her grandmother's death and an unexpected meteor strike when she gets caught up in a scientific conspiracy that touches on both the political and economic schemes of space-based humans, including Saturn's ring-surfing moon dwellers and the secretive factions controlling slowly terraforming Venus, as well as the quasi-independent quantum computers called qubes. As Swan, the saturnine diplomat Fitz Wahram, and interplanetary investigator Jean Genette delve into the possible connections among a series of mysterious incidents, 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. Agent: Ralph Vincinanza, Ralph Vincinanza Agency (author now represented by Christopher Schelling, Selectric Artists)." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"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. Bank

About the Author

Kim Stanley Robinson has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. He is the author of over twenty previous books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the highly acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain. He lives in Davis, California.

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zerode, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by zerode)
The best science fiction book of the year. Kim Stanley Robinson returns triumphantly to the future he sketched out in the Mars Trilogy. 2312 is not necessarily sent in the same universe/time line as those books, but it is very strongly linked in terms of ideas of the future, of society, etc. The goldsworthys of Mercury, the settlement of the outer solar system, the lives that people have constructed for themselves out of the tools of the future... All will seem very familiar to anyone who has read the Mars books. But for anyone who hasn't, 2312 presents a completely self-contained vision - no previous experience required - and one that is completely engaging and rewarding.

There was a lot of great science fiction and fantasy published this past year. Cory Doctorow's "Pirate Cinema" was terrific. New Iain Banks, Ken Macleod, Terry Pratchett, Charles Stross, China Mieville. But Robinson's 2312 was the standout.
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brewmasterkyle, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by brewmasterkyle)
Kim Stanley Robinson simultaneously paints a beautiful, scary, inspiring, realistic, futuristic vision of what humankind will be doing in 300 years. If you find yourself feeling glum about the state of the world, read this book and then go do what you can to help realize it and get us out of "The Dithering."
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eam2007, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by eam2007)
A very well written, futuristic book.
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ISBN:
9780316098120
Publisher:
Orbit
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Author:
Robinson, Kim Stanley
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-High Tech
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Robinson (Galileo's Dream) delivers a challenging, compelling masterpiece of science fiction. In a spectacularly depicted future of interplanetary colonization, humanity has spread across the entire solar system, from miniature biomes in hollowed-out asteroids to a moving city racing the fatal rays of the sun on Mercury. Mercurian artist and biome designer Swan Er Hong is struggling to cope with her grandmother's death and an unexpected meteor strike when she gets caught up in a scientific conspiracy that touches on both the political and economic schemes of space-based humans, including Saturn's ring-surfing moon dwellers and the secretive factions controlling slowly terraforming Venus, as well as the quasi-independent quantum computers called qubes. As Swan, the saturnine diplomat Fitz Wahram, and interplanetary investigator Jean Genette delve into the possible connections among a series of mysterious incidents, 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. Agent: Ralph Vincinanza, Ralph Vincinanza Agency (author now represented by Christopher Schelling, Selectric Artists)." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "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."
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