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"Generations after leaving earth, a starship draws near to the planet that may serve as a new home world for those on board. But the journey has brought unexpected changes and their best laid plans may not be enough to survive."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316098106
Call Number: SF ROBINSON 2015
Characteristics: 466 pages ; 25 cm


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This science fiction book tackles some of the issues that would be involved with travel across the universe, showing the reader the end of an arduous 160-year voyage to a planet that may or may not be viable. It's moving and thought-provoking.

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MWBalderstone Oct 09, 2018

The best book centered around interstellar colonization I have ever read. A science fiction novel that challenges the sci-fi fantasies that so many people carry with them about the future of humankind as an off Earth species. Emotionally engage, at times tragic, and always beautiful crafted, this is actually one of Kim Stanley Robinson's best pieces of work.

This book also carries with it a very important message in the era of the likes of Elon Musk who would rather spend a fortune to get off Earth than dedicate any amount of time or energy to help protect it.

Jan 02, 2018

Part science, part fiction, part ruminating about mankind. Some sections I skim-read, and the ending was a bit anti-climatic, but I did want to keep on reading until the end.

Jan 02, 2018

This book is a stunning achievement. Though the plot centers around the challenges of interstellar colonization, and the technical and biological aspects of the project, the story centers around what it means to be human, and what it means to be conscious, and even what it means to love. There are human protagonists, but the complete ecosystem including plants, animals, and micro-organisms all play important roles in the human effort, including First Contact. As for the humans, "We are always ourselves, wherever we go."
Even more importantly, the ship itself - all of its systems and computational power fused into an entity charged with success and with recording its own history - becomes a most central character, one whose algorithms and thoughts, and whose personality, and whose authorial voice develops far more than a human's could.

Sep 12, 2017

The blurb on the jacket makes this sound like a book about interstellar colonization, so I was hoping for something like the first few books of Allen Steele's Coyote series. I was majorly disappointed. I don't mind books with a slow pace, but the internal ruminations of the ships quantum computer were too much for me. I was also disappointed by the "resolution" to the challenges faced at Aurora and the entire last section of this book.

Mar 23, 2017

I found this book to be an enjoyable read. It has some flaws, mainly that the author's attempts to integrate poetry into the book were often clunky and rambling, the philosophy involved is somewhat bland and inchoate, and some of the characters' personalities are not fleshed out very well. However, the book makes up for these traits with memorable imagery and storytelling. Read it if you enjoy sci-fi .

Nov 08, 2016

Aurora. by. Kim Stanley Robinson.

I spent a long time on this book --- more than I should have, really. But in the end, more than halfway through I just had to abandon this novel. There are, after all, so many other books that will hit the spot. Upon examination, there's just too much ruminating and ersatz philosophizing that impedes the plot. So, so in parts but mostly lethargic. Easy to put down if, unlike me, you aren't waiting for "Aurora" to get better. On to another (better) book.

Sep 19, 2016

I really wanted to like this book more, but I have to admit, I found it boring. Yes, it's great science fiction, yes, it raises and explores some fascinating questions, but it's just not a very enthralling read [for me].

Jun 12, 2016

The overall message of this book is that humanity needs to treasure the earth as it's all we've got. Human existence is inexorably tied to earth; it's not possible to live on other worlds, because we are so finely tuned to the earth's biome, which cannot be replicated despite the best and most advanced science. The science in the book is fascinating. The ship AI's contemplation of what is human, good and bad, is thought provoking. The ending will stay with you for days.

Jan 12, 2016

This was an intense read. Not in terms of feelings, but it needed intense concentration to read it. You were either completely immersed, or you were skimming because the technical terms short-circuited your brain. For the most part, I was completely immersed, but I’ll confess, there were a few pages that got skimmed simply because I got lost trying to keep track of all the information that was being dumped on me.

There was a ton of stuff that happened, but given the narrator, it actually felt like it moved slowly. This could be a good or bad thing, depending on how you looked at it. You really have to adjust your timescale for Aurora. Things don’t happen in minutes. They happen in years, decades, generations, et cetera.

I’ve read reviews that stated that the narrator (and I’m trying my best to not give away the narrator) made the story be less story-like, and more hard-science info dumping. Yes/No. I’ve already admitted there were massive info-dumps, but the thing is.. the story was still fascinating. Its true that there wasn’t a huge emphasis on direct personal relationships. You couldn’t really connect with any of the characters in general, and while that would normally be a problem for me when reading… it was not a problem with this book. Because you aren’t meant to connect to any specific character, but to humanity as a whole.

Pretty much the only things I was dissatisfied with were: the info-dumps were sometimes a little too long, the middle bogged down a bit, and …of course… the ending. I was only mildly drawn in by the last section.

Be careful picking up this book. Its immensely satisfying, but… if you thought The Martian had too much science, you will hate Aurora.

Overall, I can’t rave excitedly about this book, or even say I’d recommend it to anyone who is not a huge fan of hard science fiction, but … it is a great read. A solid, satisfying one that I thoroughly enjoyed reading, even as I couldn’t wait to actually be finished with it. I guess Aurora definitely left me with some mixed feelings, but I know at a minimum that I liked it, and that I’m going to try out some more works of Kim Stanley Robinson in the future.

Sep 07, 2015

One of Kim Stanley Robinsons best novels. Set in the distant future the book takes you to the edge of the universe and back. Hard to put down. Has strong characters which carry you through the interstellar journey. Well worth reading.

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Jan 02, 2018

Human beings live in ideas. That they were condemning their descendants to death and extinction did not occur to them, or if it did they repressed the thought, ignored it, and forged on anyway. They did not care as much about their descendants as they did about their ideas...

Jan 02, 2018

"What is this thing called hate?"
"What is this thing called love?"


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