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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (25 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841499986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499987
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.6 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
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Robinson blends mystery and suspense with lyrical evocation of a complex future (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

Polymathic, visionary brilliance (FINANCIAL TIMES)

A capacious and marvellous future-history (GUARDIAN)

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)

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

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2312 is a thrilling space opera and winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, from the bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson

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World building, wonder, wishes fulfilled that are strangely poignant in 2017 and images that I hope will come to be in three hundred years. There's even a hint of the sublime Barry Lopez' Arctic Dreams...
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I never really quite worked what it was all about to be honest, but the author clearly has either an excellent vocabulary or a passion for the thesaurus. It's always interesting to learn new and unusual words, but a touch tedious when you start spending more time looking at the dictionary than reading the story.
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Plot progression hindered by elongated scenic descriptions and quirky structuring, all weighed down by a love story there for lurid effect.
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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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You can tell lot of effort an research was put into this. The author really knows his stuff and has fantastic imagination, whilst remaining somewhat realistic, about the prospects of our future in space. There are quite a few separate chapters which focus purely on describing various phenomenon, both real or fiction, and I enjoyed that I actually learned some real space things that I did not know before. Unfortunately the story is somewhat lacking. Whilst good in concept there was nothing really to grip me into the book and by the end I was simply finishing for finishing sake. If you really love your sci-fi there is no doubt you will enjoy and appreciate the world Mr Robinson has created - just don't expect a thrilling page turner with twists and turns.
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It's not an easy read despite some good writing and some interesting scientific and philosophical concepts. KSR NEEDS AN EDITOR, a really tough one who takes a red pen (and maybe a pair of scissors) to everything he writes and helps him craft a readable book with a plot in addition, at least in this one, to his political and ecological ideology. I'd find this novel hard to recommend - I wanted to like it more than I did but I think it's too dense and confused to truly enjoy. Shame really - I'd like a author with a punchier style to pick up the central concepts and characters and write a book I want to read based on them...
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Starts well, does lots of background and lots of exposition about the culture of the year 2312, and then, it kind of just keeps doing that. The plot, such that it is, is almost a sideline. This doesn't necessarily matter, because the descriptions of life in the Solar System of 2312 are very engaging, but I was kind of expecting more from it. Boring, basically.
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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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