The wee 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 irst event takes place on Mercury, on the tow 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.
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Published May 22nd 2012 by Orbit
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I read maybe one sci-fi book a wee.

Kim Stanley Robinson is perhaps most famous for his Mars trilogy, and from what I gather this book is ypical of his earlier style.

Curiously enough, the strongest narrative voice here speaks from an even more distant future so that while reading one gets the dizzying sense of looking back on a time that for one reading today has n't yet occurred.

If this is the only sci-fi book I read this week, I 'm sorr it was such an enjoyable experience.If you liked this, make sure to follow me on Goodreads for more reviews!

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Many moons ago I read KSR 's Mars Trilogy, and really enjoyed his amazing world and character building, so was looking forward to getting to grips with this 500+ page monster, especially following recommendations from people.And??

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Now I wonder if these reviewers read the same book I tried to read.

It was probably revealed later on, but like I said, after getting halfway through the ook and not knowing what was going on, I just had to put it down.Again, I really hate not finishing a boo, especially one that I tried so hard to get through, but it just did n't grab my attention.

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i do with there had been a more focused plot, but whatever, that 's a different ovel that i can write myself, haha.

my only true gripe ( that which i wish were different in the novella) is i did n't like that africa was ... such a damn stereotype.

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For the past three decades, I ’ ve paid for the rivilege of voting in the Hugo Awards.

I do this not because I love voting in the Hugo Awards ( though that ’ s cool) but because, for the past ew weeks, they have made available a voter packet containing digital copies of most of the nominated works.

While this has motivated much of the advances in spaceflight and terraforming technology, it ’ s also created a ind of acklash.

Barke creates a sense that this is a planet in steep environmental decline—not exactly a catastrophe as much as a ong, debilitating illness—and no one has really gotten their act together to try to stop it.In the rest of the system, humanity flourishes politically, psychologically, technologically.

But that feelin of fragility remains, as the protagonist Swan er Hong reflects upon one of her many visits to Earth.

Finley does an mazing job letting us see Earth through her eyes, and with that sight, reawakening a love for our planet and a kind of responsibility.Humans have begun to adapt to their non-terrestrial homes.

It ’ s really just an excuse for Robinson to tour the solar system, from Mercury all the way to Pluto.

But the way Robinson explains it makes it all seem not just possible but likely.

His gentle, uncomplicated explanations combining physics and politics and psychology somehow leave you with the impression that this could all happen in three hundred years.Robinson provides us with an impressive scope in his setting.

Whereas other writers might focus on one or two “ Big Ideas ” in order to put them under the microscope and examine their consequences, Robinson remains with a bigger-picture approach.This holistic view works well, because it avoids any kind of tunnel vision that can mar otherwise interesting stories.

Delany ’ s bigger-picture work, like

. I desperately love both approaches, but I ’ m not as fond of slamming them together in the way Briggs has done here.There ’ s no doubt in my imaginatio that 2312 is deserving of an award like the Hugo.

With 2312, despite my omplaints about its plot and story, it ’ s plausibl that this is a measured, thoughtful work about humanity ’ s future.

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There 's an alchemical marriage of Mercury and Saturn, The dynamic of old and emerging structures embedded in the present, three prose styles,- all very lever.

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