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2312

Robinson, Kim Stanley (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Robinson, Kim Stanley
Title: 2312
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2012
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: ix, 561 pages ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Kim Stanley Robinson
Summary: "The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9780316098120
0316098124
Branch Call Number: SF ROBINSON 2012
Subject Headings: Space colonies Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Topical Term: Space colonies
LCCN: 2011044805
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This is hard science fiction but with a strong philosophical and character-focused bent. In this near future, humans have mastered the art (and it really is an art!) of terraforming planets in our solar system. But when something almost destroys the human colony on Mercury, Swan (one of the early... Read More »

This is hard science fiction but with a strong philosophical and character-focused bent. In this near future, humans have mastered the art (and it really is an art!) of terraforming planets in our solar system. But when something almost destroys the human colony on Mercury, Swan (one of the early... Read More »


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Jun 16, 2014
  • stewstealth rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Poor characterizations and weak thematic elements make this book tedious to read. There was little suspense with a weak plot. The author drops art, history and science references throughout with no follow up or development.The author chose a very lazy way to attempt to fill in the background which did not work for me. I can see some people liking this book but there are too many failures in the execution for my tastes.

Dec 05, 2013
  • sdsqc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Five Stars

A brilliant book which generates many responses in the reader.

The book is complicated and the integration of many disciplines throughout is thought provoking.

A new, and in my eyes, successful format for a novel.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in the future of the planet or in the changing structure of novels.

Oct 24, 2013
  • annaambush rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I did enjoy this book and it made me think of concepts and future the way I hadn't before. I must say that it was at times a bit wordy or rather slow. My reading and interest was coming and going in waves, just like I feel this book was written, but in the end I am happy I read it.

Apr 20, 2013
  • starkradio rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book! Every page had a startling idea, the writing is evocative, the pace excellent, and the two lead characters I found quite fascinating. Swan stuck in my memory long after I finished the book. I like Robinson's style, and although at times the story feels crowded with his intensely imagined ideas, I quite liked the experience.

Oct 05, 2012
  • Patron3563 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

The author needs to have his word processor taken away and be given a manual typewriter. A good 300 page book lost in 600 pages.

Sep 13, 2012
  • pw1040 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Tough read due to the author's style. I liked the speculative science aspects but the environmental hysteria aspects were a bit over the top.

Books such as 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson make this reader wish that authors could be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for 1) wasting the reader’s time and money; and, 2) trees having been cut down that the book might be printed. This reader loves Robinson’s Mars trilogy (having read and re-read the novels several times) and was anticipating this new novel. 2312 is a profound disappointment: the plot is contrived, the characters unattractive (why care about them?), and the writing tedious. The sole (only slightly) redeeming feature of the work is the science underlying the novel, but not interesting enough to warrant a painful struggle through 561 pages of egregiously written prose.

Aug 07, 2012
  • shadyladynz rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Didnt enjoy this as much as I thought I would. Didn't even get halfway through. Felt it was way too wordy!

Jul 07, 2012
  • judywross rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

the techno part is pretty interesting, but the plot is just goofy or pointless because the characters don't really make much sense.

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