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.
©2012 Kim Stanley Robinson (P)2012 Hachette Audio
gee & unlay
Readers who love super hard core science fiction.
Something science fiction.
Yes. It was interesting but dragged on and on about subtle things about the main character that I just did not find interesting.
If you like hard core sci-fi that's ponderous and has a lot of techno babble this is your book.
Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work
This is a very wordy author who goes off on tangents that are barely relevant to the story. There are many interesting SCI-FI hooks - interesting weapon, nano-computing, cool space drives, and a fun vision of the future. But getting through all the rhetoric is very hard.
The audio book is well performed (I think the reader gets bored at times) and it can be mono-tomic at times. But overall a good performance.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
I had some expectations for this book, but .....
I think that all possible factors agreed to combine and create the worst book I read this year.
This would have been interesting in about 1/3 the length. It just wanders and wanders, taking a grand tour of various concepts of terraforming and otherwise changing worlds to support life, and changing humans just because you can. During this interesting but endless exploration, you follow the life of a someone with almost no actual direction of her own and an inability to make decisions and she flounces from place to place with exactly the skills and contacts to make that work as the worlds around her change and conflicts build and ultimately resolve. Yes, it's well plotted -- but that plot is buried and neverending metaphor and description. There are also whole passages describing and comparing several different kinds of human sexuality that are now possible with body modification -- often in some detail -- for no real reason. This doesn't bother me but doesn't really make any difference to the story either so it just sort of sits there laid out like an unnecessary pose on a Cadillac. Oh hell, now I'm doing it.
If you liked the MARS TRILOGY you'll love this! Excellent incorporation of best contemporary solar system science. It stretches the imagination in Terraforming potential. Philosophical; humanistic; existential; introspective; and spiritual--poetic.
The details about life in the post accelerando solar system are super interesting.
It's more wandering and less cohesive. The story line is kind of rambling and doesn't really coalesce until near the end.
I like Swan but she's kind of frustrating. I don't admire her. All the other characters sort of blended together for me.
No, I had to take breaks from it. I actually still haven't finished it. I've got like an hour left.
The mars trilogy was awesome. I loved it, which is why I gave this a chance. But I just couldn't get psyched about it. *shrug*
I listened to this 10 minutes after wrapping up the Red Mars series and just loved the feeling of being in the same world (more on this).I enjoy how well KSR builds a world and brings you right into the fold of how the world is built.
I love the extracts but couldn't stand the lists..
I like the brief story's of how the solar systems planets and moon have evolved but I could do with out the sexual oddness
Lastly- there are so many connections and nods to the Mars series that this book is really in the same world even if it's said it's not.
Bottom line is if you like hard science fiction this is a great book.
It could have been about something. I was halfway through and still wondering "what is the point"?
This was my first Kim Stanley Robinson experience. I enjoyed the descriptions of the characters and the landscapes. I enjoyed the pace of the book. It moved quite quick despite the descriptiveness. What I didn't like was the vision of the future. If that's how we turn out, count me out. Honestly, I think I just don't like the vision. Almost everything else was pretty good.
I followed the story without too much trouble. I liked her voice though. Sometimes if you don't like the narrators voice, it's hard to listen. Listen to the sample first. It's not read or written in a way that's easy to listen to. I listen to most audio books while I'm doing something else. This one commands your attention.
Not in Kim, in the future history. I will definitely read another by this author but this particular story just didn't do it for me.
Although not my cup of tea, have a look at the plot summary and listen to the sample. You may be interested. If so, it's a read that will keep your attention for the duration.
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