The Resource 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson

2312, Kim Stanley Robinson

Label
2312
Title
2312
Statement of responsibility
Kim Stanley Robinson
Title variation
  • Twenty-three twelve
  • Two thousand three hundred twelve
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Language
eng
Summary
"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"--
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Award
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2012.
  • Nebula Award for Best Novel, 2012.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Robinson continues the themes he introduced in his Hugo and Nebula Award–winning Mars trilogy—environmentalism, planetary transformation, social experimentation, technological evolution—in this wonderful novel set three centuries from now. There is a linear story (a woman, Swan, is determined to uncover the potentially catastrophic secrets behind a project her recently deceased grandmother was working on), but it’s the story’s milieu that makes the book so rich and satisfying. In the Mars trilogy, Robinson was focused on a single world; here, he’s juggling many of them: Mercury, Venus, Earth, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn—all colonized by humans, all with their own unique societal structures and physical environments (a city on Mercury, for example, moves constantly on tracks, staying ahead of the fatally hot sun). Swan moves back and forth between the worlds, sometimes in hollowed-out asteroids that have been transformed into space-traveling colonies, and, piece by piece, the author builds a tactile, completely real future society. The book won the Nebula Award for best novelin 2012;it richly deserved the honor then, and it has held up superbly. It’s a magnificent achievement, a hugely imaginative and beautifully written companion piece to, but not a direct continuation of, the Mars trilogy. -- Pitt, David (Reviewed 06-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 19)
  • /* Starred Review */ Robinson (Galileo’s Dream) delivers a challenging, compelling masterpiece of science fiction. 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. Mercurian artist and biome designer Swan Er Hong is struggling to cope with her grandmother’s death and an unexpected meteor strike when she gets caught up in a scientific conspiracy that touches on both the political and economic schemes of space-based humans, including Saturn’s ring-surfing moon dwellers and the secretive factions controlling slowly terraforming Venus, as well as the quasi-independent quantum computers called qubes. As Swan, the saturnine diplomat Fitz Wahram, and interplanetary investigator Jean Genette delve into the possible connections among a series of mysterious incidents, Robinson’s extraordinary completeness of vision results in a magnificently realized, meticulously detailed future in which social and biological changes keep pace with technological developments. Agent: Ralph Vincinanza, Ralph Vincinanza Agency (author now represented by Christopher Schelling, Selectric Artists). (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 5, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 10, p)
  • In the year 2312, humans have developed the technology to colonize most of the solar system, including Mercury, which boasts a single city that travels on rails around the planet just ahead of the rising sun. When Swan Er Hong arrives to mourn her recently deceased grandmother Alex, one of Mercury's movers and shakers, Swan realizes how little she knew about the woman who raised her. Meeting some of Alex's scientific friends reveals to Swan that mysterious projects were in the works and that she must uncover her grandmother's secrets before they destroy not only Mercury but the entire solar system. VERDICT The award-winning Robinson ("The Mars Trilogy"; Fifty Degrees Below ) delivers a feast for advanced technology fans and future history aficionados with this intriguing portrait of a solar system economy based on the mining of the asteroid belt. Despite their genetically engineered adaptations to their galactic colonies, his well-drawn characters resonate with traits that emphasize their humanity. --Jackie Cassada (Reviewed March 15, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 137, issue 05, p96)
  • Another textbook disguised as a novel: the first of a projected trilogy from Robinson (Galileo's Dream, 2009, etc.) set in a future similar to that envisioned in his Mars trilogy from the 1990s. By the 24th century, humanity has established settlements throughout the solar system on terraformed moons and planets and inside habitats hollowed from conveniently orbiting asteroids. Travel to the most remote destination takes mere weeks; quantum computers, qubes, are ubiquitous but have not yet reached true sentience. Former habitat designer Swan Er Hong makes her home on Mercury, where the city of Terminator crawls around the planet on rails, perpetually keeping just ahead of the rising sun. Her beloved grandmother, Alex, has just died. Two individuals, diminutive investigator Jean Genette and Wahram, a huge, froglike negotiator, wonder whether Swan's recently deceased, beloved grandmother Alex left any information about her work--Alex studied Earth which, despite mass emigration, remains a basket case of environmental degradation, climate change and vampire capitalism. Then Swan, who has a qube named Pauline inside her head and once swallowed a cocktail of alien bacteria from Enceladus, and Wahram narrowly escape when Terminator is destroyed by an undetectable shower of meteorites directed from somewhere in space. Seems Alex, who distrusted qubes and all forms of electronic communication, had good reason for her paranoia: apart from the mysterious group who destroyed Terminator, somebody is building humanoid bodies operated by qubes, for purposes none of the three can guess. Other than Robinson's usual novelistic virtues, the narrative offers a grand tour of the inhabited worlds, often to excess, plus padding with 18 future-factual "extracts" to fill in the background, 15 rather bizarre "lists" (e.g. space accidents, propulsion systems) and three passages representing the mental processes of the humanoid qubes. A small, clever novel obscured rather than enlightened by philosophy, synthesis, analysis and travelogue.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2012)
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adult
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2312, Kim Stanley Robinson
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856877
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First edition.
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9780316098120
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2011044805
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2312, Kim Stanley Robinson
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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856877
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780316098120
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2011044805
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780316098120
  • (OCoLC)707964781

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