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2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

2312 (edition 2013)

by Kim Stanley Robinson

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Authors:Kim Stanley Robinson
Info:Orbit (2013), Paperback, 592 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:science-fiction, Tiptree Award

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2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson


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Eh. I really liked the setting and plot, but the main character was so annoying that it turned into a bit of a slog. The romance subplot seemed really out of left field to me as well, but perhaps just because I disliked that character so much that it seemed ludicrous that anyone would be in love with her. (Or maybe I just hate romance.) ( )
  tronella | Jun 22, 2019 |
A nice ramble though a somewhat optimistic future. Cities on rails - surfing the rings of Saturn - big glacier dams... ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
Hmm, all-solar-system colonization, space elevators by the score, life extension but still no mind uploading. The eras in Robinson's credibly conceived future are the Dithering (2005-2060), the Crisis (2060-2130), the Turnaround (2130-2160), the Accelerando (2160-2220), the Ritard (2220-2270), and the Balkanization (2270-2320) in which this story takes place. No spoilers here, but it's true to say that quantum-computer AIs are not uninvolved. Great stuff, masterfully written.
  fpagan | Jan 30, 2019 |
I enjoyed Robinson's ideas on space, however I found the characters unengaging. ( )
  Velmeran | Jan 26, 2019 |
I finished this feeling unsatisfied. Without giving spoilers, this is a book that has two layers of plot: one largely personal and interpersonal, one about the 'big events' going on. If you've read Robinson before, this isn't surprising. In this book, I just didn't like it. The resolution of the 'big events' were unsatisfying, to say the least. Even though he straight up just says that events are resolved they just evolve, this is still an unhappy ending for me. (Minor spoilers-ish comments follow.) What happened with the qubes? It seems like that is a pretty major development and they are are just whisked off stage left. Their schemes? Well, schemes; that what schemes are. Unsatisfying even if, philosophically, kind of true. ( )
  dcunning11235 | Jan 3, 2019 |
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In his vibrant, often moving new novel, "2312," Robinson's extrapolation is hard-wired to a truly affecting personal love story.
Kim Stanley Robinson's 17th novel is complex and sometimes bewildering, 500 pages crammed full of strange but decent characters whose actions play out against a vastly constructed utopian background.
added by karenb | editThe Guardian, M John Harrison (Jun 14, 2012)
... [Robinson's] boldest trip into all of the marvelous SF genres—ethnography, future shock, screed against capitalism, road to earth—and all of the ways to thrill and be thrilled. It's a future history that's so secure and comprehensive that it reads as an account of the past—a trick of craft that belongs almost exclusively to the supreme SF task force of Le Guin and Margaret Atwood.
added by karenb | editSlate, Choire Sicha (Jun 1, 2012)
(Starred review) In a spectacularly depicted future of interplanetary colonization, humanity has spread across the entire solar system, from miniature biomes in hollowed-out asteroids to a moving city racing the fatal rays of the sun on Mercury.
added by karenb | editPublishers Weekly (Mar 5, 2012)
A small, clever novel obscured rather than enlightened by philosophy, synthesis, analysis and travelogue.
added by karenb | editKirkus Reviews (Mar 1, 2012)

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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"--… (more)

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Editions: 0316098124, 0316098116

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