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2312 [Hardcover]

Kim Stanley Robinson
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Book Description

24 May 2012

The year is 2312. Scientific advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer our only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system, on moons, planets, and in between. But in 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront our past, present, and future.

The first event takes place on Mercury, in the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. For Swan Er Hong, it will change her life. Once a designer of worlds, now Swan will be led into a plot to destroy them.

2312 is a bold vision of humanity's future and a compelling portrait of those individuals who will shape its events.

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841499978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499970
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 16 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Robinson blends mystery and suspense with lyrical evocation of a complex future (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

Polymathic, visionary brilliance (FINANCIAL TIMES)

Kim Stanley Robinson is one of science fiction's greats . . . fans of the Mars books will delight in this novel; new readers will be astonished by the depth, breadth and power of Robinson's invention (SUNDAY TIMES)

The real energy and allure of this book comes from its often gobsmacking and always richly detailed epic vision of an extra-terrestrial future - of habitable asteroids, space elevators, a terraformed Venus and Mercury's magnificent mobile city, always on the run from the dawn and the broiling Sun. Wonderful (THE DAILY MAIL)

Goes back to the roots of the sci-fi genre and puts at its centre utopian and dystopian visions of the social models our descendants might inhabit, with a flashy travelogue around the places they might live. It is a novel of ideas that also sets out to be tremendous fun (INDEPENDENT)

Inherently epic . . . a wise and wondrous novel (SFX)

Beautifully written and with strong mental imagery (SCIFI NOW)

A challenging, compelling masterpiece of science fiction (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - starred review)

A feast for the imagination and intellect - shockingly clever (THE SUN)

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The future history of humanity: epic and believable SF from the bestselling and multiple award-winning author of Red Mars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 19 Dec 2012
I was a big fan of the Mars trilogy and not having revisited any of his subsequent books I started 2312 with high expectations and great enthusiasm. Quarter of the way in to the book I was beginning to hope that it would just be a late starter, but by 3/4s of the way through I knew that this would not be the case. Yes the writing is good, yes the science and universe is good, but there is simply no plot. Well, not completely, there is a semblance of a plot that could be summarised in just a paragraph or two. He doesn't really sell what plot there is, there is no tension, excitement or any emotion other than just following a couple of characters through some very bland adventures. Its as if he had a number of scenarios about terraforming or future society and needed something lose to link them together.

Would I read it again? No. Would I recommend it? No. Did I have to make myself finish it? Afraid I did, though I very nearly gave up on a few occasions and that is not something I ever do lightly. Overall, a real shame. It gets 2 stars because the future premise was good but that is it.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Swan Er Hong, a notable performance artist native to Mercury, has her life abruptly changed by the death of her grandmother, Alex. As Swan is asked to investigate the project her grandmother was working on, her home city is subjected to a brutal terrorist attack. This sparks a series of journeys back and forth across the Solar system, from Mercury to terraformed Venus to drowned Earth and out as far as Io and Titan, as Swan and her allies attempt to discover the threat nature of the threat to humanity.

2312 is Kim Stanley Robinson's first widescreen, big-budget, blockbuster SF novel in some considerable time. His recent novels (such as the recent Galileo's Dream or his near-future Science in the Capital trilogy) have been modest in their ambitions, but 2312 trots out the same Robinson who charted the colonisation of Mars in such fascinating, exacting and sometimes-frustrating detail over the course of three books in the 1990s.

The novel works on several levels. On one, it paints a portrait of life in the early 24th Century where the bulk of humanity lives on Earth (and, increasingly, Mars) but the 'spacers' who have settled the rest of the Solar system hold increasing amounts of power, despite their small numbers. This portrait is vivid, rich and compelling. It shows Robinson's imagination at its most fertile, as he depicts Terminator, a city which rolls over Mercury's surface, permanently trying to stay on the nightside of the planet out of the fierce rays of the nearby Sun. Elsewhere he shows the terraforming of Venus as its thick atmosphere is stripped away and politicians debate on slamming giant asteroids into it to increase its rotation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots to appreciate but not easy to get into 18 Sep 2013
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I am an occasional hard-core Sci-Fi reader so maybe I don't have the right "wiring" to fully appreciate such works. 2312 is full of well-realised technology, concepts and ideas with a stronger and more recognisable socio-politico-philosophical slant than other recent sci-fi works I have come across. However, I found the central plot a little random at times and without clear purpose for the first third of the book although there are a couple of segments that concentrate more on a plotline and allows the characters to develop and interact more constructively. I also found the sudden interspersion of the main text with lists and supposed extracts of documents to be disruptive and annoying - a literary device that feels artificially quirky and contrived. For me, this book was rather too much hard work and wasn't all that satisfying, although I appreciated the imagination and scope of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Post-it Review 7 Sep 2013
If you're looking for a snapshot of civilisation three centuries hence, in an (almost) dramatic setting, this book might be for you. If you're expecting the Mars Trilogy, or Gallileo's Dream, or something of that standard, however, you might want to give this one a miss. I enjoyed it though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Solar System as hero... 6 Sep 2013
This novel is a glorious vision of the Solar System a few centuries hence. Mars has been terraformed. A sunshield is being built for Venus as a precursor to terraformiing it. On Mercury, a moving city keeps its inhabitants out of direct sunlight. The gas giants and associated moons etc are inhabited. 'Terraria', self-contained ark environments, spun to maintain gravity, provide homes for a massive living archive of plants and animals, as well as people. Humans come in all shapes and sizes, live much longer and change gender and other physical attributes at will. At Pluto, special terraria are being fitted out to journey to nearby stars.

The big blot is Earth. Sea level has risen there drastically,and coastlines have shrunk. Only a few ice sheets remain. Despite harnessing the resources of the Solar system, Earth is even more overcrowded than ever and its people as hungry as ever. There is tension between Earth and the rest and national rivalries still smoulder on.

There is a problem here as the background scenery is much more interesting than the miniscule plot, which involves quantum computers. Things are not helped by the cryptic notes/lists that interrupt chapters. These are sometimes obscure, contribute little and give the (probably wrong) impression that the author got bored and decided to leave as notes ideas for more narrative/background development etc. There is a love story here of sorts between the main character, Swan, a headstrong Mercurian and Wahrum, an easy-going music lover from Saturn. But the main character here is our Solar System itself, which is what really makes this novel special.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring beyand belief
Hey! I got to page 153 before crumbling and crying with frustration and terminal boredom. Avoid THIS BOOK AT ALL COSTS!
Published 6 days ago by sean monaghan
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, Boring, Boring
I have read most of the author's books starting with Red Mars which I couldn't put down. This is the total opposite and then some. This never seemed to pick up the pace. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adrian S. Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars it was ok
This was an ok book, I liked the main characters but the writing seemed to wonder off in excessive descriptions of music or scenery that kind of made it a bit of a chore to read.
Published 2 months ago by Andy
3.0 out of 5 stars Lazy, Lazy... Oooh, an asteroid!
I had mixed feelings about 2312. On the one hand, Kim Stanley Robinson has clearly put a lot of effort into thinking up his various worlds, on the other hand, he sets them in such... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe Llewellyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Quick delivery, no problems, not for me so cannot rate actual book as a read, person I bought for was pleased with it
Published 2 months ago by B E Barber
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
I found this book very boring and gave up on it. I really would not recommend it to anyone. Sadly!
Published 2 months ago by Corinna Clarke
1.0 out of 5 stars Second and last book of this author I shall read
I simply do not enjoy this writers style, it seems to me that his books are political fiction with a very thin veneer of sci fi on the top. Read more
Published 2 months ago by LostShepherd
3.0 out of 5 stars 2312
A nice snapshot of the solar system and how it functions 300 years hence. Was bogged down by uninteresting characters and a plot that didn't show up until a fair way into the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Toolamondo
4.0 out of 5 stars A look into the possible future of Earthlings.
This book is very clever setting out a Solar system of life on other planets and asteroids, there are lots of true facts about gravity and our solar system which help to encourage... Read more
Published 3 months ago by JP
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Going to Keep Reading
I've read about 50 or so pages and I've had enough. When Robinson is describing a planet's landscape he writes well, but as soon as a character feels or does anything, his writing... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kublai Dom
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