"2312"

Kim Stanley Robinson

"2312"

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. 3.7 out of 5 based on 6 reviews

Omniscore:

Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Format Hardcover
Pages 576
RRP
Date of Publication May 2012
ISBN 978-1841499970
Publisher Orbit
 

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.

Reviews

The Independent

Roz Kaveney

The feel of this book is a little sideways from that of Robinson's classic Mars trilogy, even if it seems to take place in a universe in which many of the same things happened ... This is not, though, in the end a book about its own plot or its quirky characters. It goes back to the roots of the sci-fi genre and puts at its centre utopian and dystopian visions of the social models our descendants might inhabit, with a flashy travelogue around the places they might live. It is a novel of ideas that also sets out to be tremendous fun.

12/06/2012

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The Daily Mail

Harry Ritchie

The plot tootles along just about adequately enough but the real energy and allure of this book comes from its often-gobsmacking and always richly detailed epic vision of an extra-terrestrial future - of habitable asteroids, space elevators, a terraformed Venus, and Mercury’s magnificent mobile city, always on the run from the dawn and the broiling Sun. Wonderful.

14/06/2012

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The Sunday Times

Alison Flood

Fans of the Mars books will delight in this novel; new readers will be astonished by the depth, breadth and power of Robinson’s invention.

01/07/2012

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The Daily Telegraph

David Langford

Robinson blends mystery and suspense with lyrical evocation of a complex future.

27/05/2012

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The Financial Times

James Lovegrove

The slim plot is a mere thread holding together a tour of a future so deeply imagined it seems real, with Robinson a wise, informative and optimistic guide. That 2312 is a love story too is simply the cherry on top.

23/06/2012

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The Guardian

M John Harrison

The tale of terrorism and interplanetary romance is so uncomfortable with itself that it's written in more awkward language than the rest of the book. Its ending is so contrived that you wonder if Robinson isn't undermining his vision in preparation for some as-yet-unwritten sequel. This is a shame, because the structure of 2312 is much more interesting than its plot: an assemblage of documentary data – reminiscent of Dos Passos's USA trilogy or John Brunner's Stand on Zanzibar – that builds into a meditation not so much on what we might become as on what we already are.

14/06/2012

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