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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (June 25 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316098116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316098113
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.8 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A magnificent achievement...hugely imaginative and beautifully written."―Booklist (Starred Review) on 2312

"2312paints an absolutely credible and astonishingly beautiful picture of the centuries to come, of the sort of schism and war, the art and love, the industry and ethics that might emerge from humanity going to space without conquering it and without solving all its problems."―Boingboing

"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."―Publishers Weekly

"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. Banks

"2312 is a monumental tour-de-force that re-imagines the solar system in ways no one has envisioned before. Whether comparing the compositions of Beethoven to those of skylarks and warblers, or describing a life-threatening sunrise on Mercury, Robinson fills 2312 with joy and exuberance, danger and fear, and the steadily mounting suspense of a mystery that spans the planets. This is the finest novel yet from the author who gave us the Mars Trilogy and GALILEO'S DREAM. An amazing accomplishment."―Robert Crais

"Inherently epic stuff... expect interplanetary strife, conspiracies, more big ideas than most SF authors pack into a trilogy... [yet] this is ultimately in so many respects a book about Earth... a wise and wondrous novel"―SFX

"Beautifully written and with strong mental imagery"―SciFi Now

"A feast for the imagination and intellect - shockingly clever"―Sun (UK)

"A brilliant, plausible account of how humans might colonize planets, moons and asteroids, 2312 is also about the future of art and family."―NPR Books

"This is a grand tour of an intensely imagined interplanetary future of modified human beings, terraformed planets, experiments in economics and sociology and hundreds of other delights. All of it is in Robinson's eloquent, enthusiastic and inimitable prose"―Morning Star (UK)

"In his vibrant, often moving new novel, "2312," Robinson's extrapolation is hard-wired to a truly affecting personal love story. [...] Perhaps Robinson's finest novel, "2312" is a treasured gift to fans of passionate storytelling; readers will be with Swan and Wahram in the tunnel long after reaching the last page."―LA Times

"An sf masterpiece."―Library Journal

About the Author

Kim Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain, The Years of Rice and Salt and 2312. In 2008, he was named a "Hero of the Environment" by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. He lives in Davis, California.


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This book was an incredible journey through the solar system. Told from various view points, you can really feel the narrator's change. The lists and extracts chapters are an interesting and unique way that force you to put together the knowledge and information to understand the concepts and meaning behind the story.
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I could believe that this was written by two writers, one whose style far surpassed her substance and the other who wrote mediocre plots for bad sci-fi stories. This novel bounds back and forth between the two mixing unenjoyable opaqueness with a rather banal, character-based plot. The science is awful and often non-sense. The characters have some depth but more due to their long lives than the writing. When not dealing with the plot the author's use of language is often exaggerated and the vocabulary is difficult to rationalize. When dealing with the plot portions the language is quite simple and boring. Overall I would (obviously) not consider this a great read. Perhaps my expectations were too high. The story itself is fine (but nothing great) but the novel as a whole, in my opinion, fails.
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KSR does it again! He is the bomb! I'm amazed that he managed to jam such a big story into only one book. As always, the work is incredibly well researched, and he's not standing still, still moving on into new worlds and ideas. He is a sci-fi treasure.
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2312 takes you to a time when routine, personal DNA modifications and worlds created out of asteroids are common place. It's in this environment that Robinson crafts a who-done-it mystery that spans the solar system. An excellent read.
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Nice handling of current topics. Even the google-esque way some chapters are written. Choppy, but covers ideas from a wide variety of angles.
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I picked this book from a website listing award winning sci fi novels. I really liked the premise of this book and the storyline when there was one. I found the extra "chapters" between the story line were annoying and pedantic. I think the author could have found better ways to share his knowledge than boring lists. The story was choppy and made it harder to really get into the character. There was only one the reader could follow. I wouldn't recommend the book.
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I plodded through the dreadful turgid text, finally giving up about a quarter way through, shortly after the part where the "story" goes on at some length about two characters in a tunnel whistling. Mind bending stuff! Flat characters, plodding plot (if you can call it that). It comes across more as a vehicle for showing us what a Very Clever Man Robinson is (at least in his own mind) - how he knows All Sorts of Things about art, music and science
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It is with regret and frustration I found myself at the end of Robinson's much-acclaimed novel 2312. I've spent a great deal of time thinking about why. Perhaps it was the preponderance of scientific terminology this reader found daunting and falling too far into the expository, while for some Robinson's prodigious understanding of science and what might be possible in the far future would be fascinating.

The characterization had moments of brilliance, but overall fell too far into the unidentifiable and understandable. For a brief segment there was an occurrence and journey which very much put me in mind of le Guin's brilliant novel, The Left Hand of Darkness, but alas that sense of epic journey dissipated.

There are sections which are meant to be in the form of found fragments of notes from a journal, very much stream of consciousness. But, again, very often slipped into the extreme end of the scientific so that the average reader, without knowledge of higher sciences, was without frame of reference.

And in the end the entire novel felt like an exercise to demonstrate Robinson's personal knowledge, rather than a novel to challenge and entertain. The plot, if one could call it that, revolved around terrorism and revolutionary planetary colonies, so that once again I felt as though we were dealing with spies in space.

Very, very disappointing, from an author I had long respected.

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