2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

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23 Critic Reviews

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Synopsis

Winner of the Nebula Award for Best SF Novel of the Year
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.
 

About Kim Stanley Robinson

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Kim Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, Sixty Days and Counting, The Years of Rice and Salt, Antarctica, Galileo, and 2312. In 2008, he was named a "Hero of the Environment" by Time magazine, and he recently joined in the Sequoia Parks Foundation's Artists in the Back Country program. He lives in Davis, California.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by Orbit. 568 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for 2312
All: 23 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Below average
on Feb 20 2012

Another textbook disguised as a novel: the first of a projected trilogy from Robinson...A small, clever novel obscured rather than enlightened by philosophy, synthesis, analysis and travelogue.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by M. John Harrison on Jun 14 2012

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.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Mar 05 2012

...extraordinary completeness of vision results in a magnificently realized, meticulously detailed future...

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Dr Joseph Maresca on Jul 10 2012

The presentation is very engaging...

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by Tom Shippey on May 18 2012

...enthralling scientific sweep with envy-inducing human interest.

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RT Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by James Nicoll on Feb 21 2013

Robinson’s attempt to incorporate a structure akin to Dos Passos’ USA trilogy is ambitious but doomed.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeff VanderMeer on Jul 08 2012

...a treasured gift to fans of passionate storytelling...

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The Bookbag

Below average
Reviewed by Lesley Mason on May 01 2012

So: as a book – for me a mixed bag that was hard work that didn't reward adequately, but I think I'm going to adore the film...

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Giltz on May 24 2012

For those ready to take the plunge, it's an exhilarating experience.

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Pajiba

Above average
Reviewed by Hooloovoo on Jan 18 2013

I really enjoyed it, to the extent that I think I'll reread the Mars Trilogy next and then read this again to see if I missed any references.

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Tor

Above average
Reviewed by Stefan Raets on Feb 21 2013

...some of the concepts Kim Stanley Robinson explores in 2312 are nothing new.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Good
Reviewed by Paul Di Filippo on May 23 2012

...gloriously real, demi-far-future, Solar-centric space opera...Robinson's novel has been gestating for several years now -- I heard him mention it at a convention in 2009 -- but it emerges at the perfect time to help spearhead this burgeoning renaissance.

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Slate

Excellent
Reviewed by Choire Sicha on Jun 01 2012

...he glosses over plotty things that a writer would normally hammer out in boring detail, and then he expends all his energy and time on the magical moments.

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City Book Review

Excellent
on Nov 29 2012

Robinson has outdone himself with 2312...

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Zimbio

Excellent
on Sep 04 2012

This book will undoubtedly become a classic in years to come and one I think will stand the test of time...

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SF Signal

Good
Reviewed by Andrew Liptak on May 07 2012

2312 is a thoughtful read, and I’m glad that I took my time while I read it. While slow and ponderous, I found myself struck by the concepts that Robinson was pushing forward, scientifically, and socially.

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Boing Boing

Above average
Reviewed by Cory Doctorow on Oct 30 2012

It's not a fast read. But it's not one you'll forget, either.

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Strange Horizons

Excellent
Reviewed by L. Duchamp on Feb 21 2013

Kim Stanley Robinson numbers, without question, among science fiction's most ambitiously creative writers.

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Strange Horizons

Good
Reviewed by Niall Harrison on Jun 21 2012

It's such an expansive novel...we're asked to think seriously about what we want the future to look like.

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Strange Horizons

Good
on Jun 04 2012

...it is sure to generate much discussion among science fiction readers and SF writers...

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My Entertainment World

Excellent
Reviewed by Borah Coburn on Aug 08 2012

It’s the best science fiction book I’ve read in a long time...

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Windy City Media

Excellent
Reviewed by Tracy Baim on Feb 21 2013

One measuring stick I use to judge a book is how much separation anxiety I have once I have turned the last page. With 2312, I already miss the wonderful characters and worlds Robinson created...

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The Booksellers New Zealand blog

Good
Reviewed by Renée Boyer-Willisson on Jun 25 2012

Robinson is clearly passionate about the world he has created...

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