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The Years of Rice and Salt: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – Jun 3 2003

3.5 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reprint edition (June 3 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553580078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553580075
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PRAISE FOR The Years of Rice and Salt

"Hugo winner Robinson follows three characters over seven centuries on an alternate Earth in which Islam and Buddhism are the dominant religions...Blessed with moments of wry and gentle beauty as friends and antagonists rediscover each other under different guises in exotically dangerous locales."
-Kirkus Reviews


“A tremendous achievement.”
The Washington Post Book World

“An absorbing novel...a scientifically informed imagination of rare ambition at work.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Promises to become a classic...This is epic science fiction in the best sense of the term–thoughtful, provoking, and haunting.”
–St. Louis Post-Dispatch


“Dense as a diamond and as sharp; it makes even most good novels seem pale and insignificant by comparison.”
The Washington Post Book World

“Has the breathtaking scope, plausible science and intellectual daring that made Red Mars a hit.”
Daily News of Los Angeles


“If I had to choose one writer whose work will set the standard for science fiction in the future, it would be KIM STANLEY ROBINSON. Blue Mars represents a breakthrough even from his own consistently high level of achievement....Beautifully written...a landmark in the history of the genre.”
The New York Times Book Review

“A complex and deeply engaging dramatization of
humanity’s future...exhilarating.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

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With the incomparable vision and breathtaking detail that brought his now-classic Mars trilogy to vivid life, bestselling author KIM STANLEY ROBINSON boldly imagines an alternate history of the last seven hundred years. In his grandest work yet, the acclaimed storyteller constructs a world vastly different from the one we know....
The Years of Rice and Salt
It is the fourteenth century and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur-the coming of the Black Death. History teaches us that a third of Europe's population was destroyed. But what if? What if the plague killed 99 percent of the population instead? How would the world have changed? This is a look at the history that could have been-a history that stretches across centuries, a history that sees dynasties and nations rise and crumble, a history that spans horrible famine and magnificent innovation. These are the years of rice and salt.
This is a universe where the first ship to reach the New World travels across the Pacific Ocean from China and colonization spreads from west to east. This is a universe where the Industrial Revolution is triggered by the world's greatest scientific minds-in India. This is a universe where Buddhism and Islam are the most influential and practiced religions and Christianity is merely a historical footnote.
Through the eyes of soldiers and kings, explorers and philosophers, slaves and scholars, Robinson renders an immensely rich tapestry. Rewriting history and probing the most profound questions as only he can, Robinson shines his extraordinary light on the place of religion, culture, power, and even love on such an Earth. From the steppes of Asia to the shoresof the Western Hemisphere, from the age of Akbar to the present and beyond, here is the stunning story of the creation of a new world.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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