Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

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5 Critic Reviews

This apparently simple tale unpacks into a mellow, complex meditation on human stubbornness (for good and ill)...Aurora is a magnificent piece of writing, certainly Robinson’s best novel since his mighty Mars trilogy, perhaps his best ever.
-Guardian

Synopsis

A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, AURORA tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system.
Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.
Our voyage from Earth began generations ago.
Now, we approach our new home.
AURORA.
 

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 July 7, 2015 by Orbit. 504 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 06 2015

It would have been nice if, among all the detailed explanation, the author had explained why the starship has no formal command structure (no captain, no navigator, no formally titled chief engineer). A compelling (if depressing) argument against those who still dream of an interstellar manifest destiny.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Mar 27 2015

Even an occasional lapse into preaching about the philosophical problems with space exploration can’t mar this poignant story, which admirably stretches the limits of human imagination.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Mar 27 2015

Even an occasional lapse into preaching about the philosophical problems with space exploration can’t mar this poignant story, which admirably stretches the limits of human imagination.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Adam Roberts on Jul 08 2015

This apparently simple tale unpacks into a mellow, complex meditation on human stubbornness (for good and ill)...Aurora is a magnificent piece of writing, certainly Robinson’s best novel since his mighty Mars trilogy, perhaps his best ever.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Jul 07 2015

...an already compelling plot, with its near-perfect marriage of the technical and the psychological, and with its (mostly) endearing cast of characters (from Devi and Badim to Freya, her generation of friends, the agreeable and naysayers alike, and the absolutely delightful and radically essential ship computer itself), even more compelling.

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