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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Tobias, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by Tobias)
2312 is a return to some of Robinson's Big Themes - environmental, economic, and social. Great characters (though I found Swan, the protagonist, a little hard to warm up to, which may of course be intentional), and even a sort of detective story add to the enjoyment. Also doesn't appear to be the beginning of some sort of multi-volume epic (making it more like Years of Rice and Salt, say, that the Mars Trilogy), though nothing about its resolution would prevent that. Well worth reading.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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.
by Iain M. Bank,
"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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