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2312 (edition 2012)

by Kim Stanley Robinson

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Title:2312
Authors:Kim Stanley Robinson
Info:Orbit (2012), Kindle Edition, 568 pages
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It is with regret and frustration I found myself at the end of Robinson's much-acclaimed novel 2312. I've spent a great deal of time thinking about why. Perhaps it was the preponderance of scientific terminology this reader found daunting and falling too far into the expository, while for some Robinson's prodigious understanding of science and what might be possible in the far future would be fascinating.

The characterization had moments of brilliance, but overall fell too far into the unidentifiable and understandable. For a brief segment there was an occurrence and journey which very much put me in mind of le Guin's brilliant novel, The Left Hand of Darkness, but alas that sense of epic journey dissipated.

There are sections which are meant to be in the form of found fragments of notes from a journal, very much stream of consciousness. But, again, very often slipped into the extreme end of the scientific so that the average reader, without knowledge of higher sciences, was without frame of reference.

And in the end the entire novel felt like an exercise to demonstrate Robinson's personal knowledge, rather than a novel to challenge and entertain. The plot, if one could call it that, revolved around terrorism and revolutionary planetary colonies, so that once again I felt as though we were dealing with spies in space.

Very, very disappointing, from an author I had long respected.

Your mileage may vary. ( )
  fiverivers | Mar 29, 2015 |
This book was intriguing. In many ways, it presented a plausible vision of the future. The plot was rather loose and weak; often it felt like the plot was just there to give a framework for explanations and descriptions of life in 2312. There was a little romance, and a little mystery. The mystery part concluded in an anti-climactic way. I did appreciate some of the discussions of philosophy, psychology, and humanity scattered throughout. ( )
  TrgLlyLibrarian | Feb 1, 2015 |
KSR is known for his realistic, well-developed future worlds, and with 2312 he's produced one on par with his Mars books, though without the sometimes exhausting detail of those. Humanity has spread through the solar system, and some of it has changed (biologically) in quite interesting ways. His future tech stays plausible while still having plenty of wow factor, and people are still people - mostly. Unlike a lot of sci-fi, it feels very *real* - like this is a future that could actually happen. Check out the Amazon page and the editorial reviews, this book lives up to all of the accolades.
  Clevermonkey | Jan 14, 2015 |
A very ambitious novel (when you include Frederic Jameson in your acknowledgments, you've got ambitions), and peculiar. I enjoyed the world, and I think I will find myself drifting back to it for a while to come. Characters? Plot? I don't know; I think, like the characters and plot of the movie _Titanic_, they just serve as a pretext to tour the whole environment. But what a grand tour it is! ( )
  JoePhelan | Dec 14, 2014 |
I was on page 600 of 630 or something and I felt like I could take it or leave it. Boooooooooring ( )
  Mrdrewk | Dec 2, 2014 |
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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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