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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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The winner of every major science fiction award, Kim Stanley Robinson is a novelist who looks ahead with optimism even while acknowledging the steep challenges facing our planet and species: a clear-eyed realist who has not forgotten how to dream. His new novel offers his most audacious dream yet. At the heart of a brilliant narrative that stretches from Renaissance Italy to the moons of Jupiter is one man, the father of modern science: Galileo Galilei.

To the inhabitants of the Jovian moons, Galileo is a revered figure whose actions will influence the subsequent history of the human race. From the summit of their distant future, a charismatic renegade named Ganymede travels to the past to bring Galileo forward in an attempt to alter history and ensure the ascendancy of science over religion. And if that means Galileo must be burned at the stake, so be it.

Yet between his brief and jarring visitations to this future, Galileo must struggle against the ignorance and superstition of his own time. And it is here that Robinson is at his most brilliant, showing Galileo in all his contradictions and complexity. Robinson's Galileo is a tour de force of imaginative and historical empathy: the shining center around which the novel revolves.

From Galileo's heresy trial to the politics of far-future Jupiter, from the canals of Venice to frozen, mysterious Europa, Robinson illuminates the parallels between a distant past and an even more remote future — in the process celebrating the human spirit and calling into question the convenient truths of our own moment in time.

Review:

"Elegant, charming, funny and profound." The Guardian (U.K.)

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"Blending epic sf with alternate history, this is a masterwork of storytelling, philosophy, and science." Library Journal

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"A brilliant work of imagination, drawing together the 'two cultures' in a harmonious marriage of science and art." The Times (London)

Review:

"The historical sections are a triumph, with Robinson’s gifts for characterization and world-building firmly to the fore....The finale is both stirring and melancholic, and a fitting tribute to science’s most famous iconoclast." New Scientist

Review:

"Riveting....Robinson brings [Galileo] to life with both his genius and his faults." The Denver Post

Review:

"Told with verve and a sense of excitement." January Magazine

Synopsis:

At the heart of a provocative narrative that stretches from Renaissance Italy to the moons of Jupiter is the father of modern science: Galileo Galilei. To the inhabitants of the Jovian moons, Galileo is a revered figure whose actions will influence the subsequent history of the human race. From the summit of their distant future, a charismatic renegade named Ganymede travels to the past to bring Galileo forward in an attempt to alter history and ensure the ascendancy of science over religion. And if that means Galileo must be burned at the stake, so be it. From Galileo’s heresy trial to the politics of far-future Jupiter, Kim Stanley Robinson illuminates the parallels between a distant past and an even more remote future — in the process celebrating the human spirit and calling into question the convenient truths of our own moment in time.

About the Author

Kim Stanley Robinson is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of nineteen previous books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, Sixty Days and Counting, The Years of Rice and Salt, and Antarctica. In 2008 he was named a "Hero of the Environment" by Time magazine, and he recently joined in the Sequoia Parks Foundation's Artists in the Back Country program. He lives in Davis, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553590876
Author:
Robinson, Kim Stanley
Publisher:
Spectra Books
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.08 x 5.55 x 1.21 in .93 lb

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Product details 544 pages Spectra Books - English 9780553590876 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Elegant, charming, funny and profound."
"Review" by , "Blending epic sf with alternate history, this is a masterwork of storytelling, philosophy, and science."
"Review" by , "A brilliant work of imagination, drawing together the 'two cultures' in a harmonious marriage of science and art."
"Review" by , "The historical sections are a triumph, with Robinson’s gifts for characterization and world-building firmly to the fore....The finale is both stirring and melancholic, and a fitting tribute to science’s most famous iconoclast."
"Review" by , "Riveting....Robinson brings [Galileo] to life with both his genius and his faults."
"Review" by , "Told with verve and a sense of excitement."
"Synopsis" by , At the heart of a provocative narrative that stretches from Renaissance Italy to the moons of Jupiter is the father of modern science: Galileo Galilei. To the inhabitants of the Jovian moons, Galileo is a revered figure whose actions will influence the subsequent history of the human race. From the summit of their distant future, a charismatic renegade named Ganymede travels to the past to bring Galileo forward in an attempt to alter history and ensure the ascendancy of science over religion. And if that means Galileo must be burned at the stake, so be it. From Galileo’s heresy trial to the politics of far-future Jupiter, Kim Stanley Robinson illuminates the parallels between a distant past and an even more remote future — in the process celebrating the human spirit and calling into question the convenient truths of our own moment in time.
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