Search Results: "Kim Stanley Robinson"


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ANTARCTICA by Kim Stanley Robinson
Released: July 13, 1998

"Passionate, informed, mildly flawed, and vastly entertaining."
What does the author of the best-ever Mars epic (Blue Mars, 1996,etc.) do for an encore? Read full book review >

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2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 22, 2012

"A small, clever novel obscured rather than enlightened by philosophy, synthesis, analysis and travelogue."
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. Read full book review >

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THE YEARS OF RICE AND SALT by Kim Stanley Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 5, 2002

"Overlong, but blessed with moments of wry and gentle beauty as friends and antagonists rediscover each other under different guises in exotically dangerous locales."
Hugo winner Robinson (Antarctica, 1998, etc.) follows three characters over seven centuries on an alternate Earth in which Islam and Buddhism are the dominant religions. Read full book review >

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BLUE MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"But with only a handful of well-realized characters, no plot, and hardly any incidents, what he's written is more textbook than novel: a disappointment for readers anticipating a more resounding conclusion. (Author tour)"
Third in Robinson's hitherto stunning Martian trilogy (Red Mars, 1993; Green Mars, 1994). Read full book review >

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FORTY SIGNS OF RAIN by Kim Stanley Robinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 8, 2004

"A hard rain is going to fall, yes indeed."
After defying all expectations with his alternative history The Years of Rice and Salt (2002), Robinson hews back to the expected with the soggy first of a trilogy that has promise nowhere near what the Mars trilogy had. Read full book review >

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NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A post-disaster fairy tale that's light on plot and heavy on improbable coincidences but a thoroughly enjoyable exercise in worldbuilding, written with a cleareyed love for the city's past, present, and future."
The Big Apple persists, despite climactic disasters that have flooded the lower floors of New York City's buildings and turned the metropolis into a so-called "SuperVenice." Read full book review >

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SHAMAN by Kim Stanley Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Richly detailed but with a disappointingly modest plot from an author renowned for ambitious works."
Robinson has tackled everything from terraforming to alternate history, so his decision to write a prehistoric bildungsroman isn't that surprising, although the narrowness of its scope might be. Read full book review >

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FIFTY DEGREES BELOW by Kim Stanley Robinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"First-rate ecological speculation, but a second-rate thriller."
Global warming threatens Washington D.C. in the second installment of Robinson's eco-thriller trilogy. Read full book review >

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REMAKING HISTORY by Kim Stanley Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Beautifully, often lyrically presented; descriptive rather than prescriptive; often intelligent—but what's missing is inner fire, undercurrents, a sign that Robinson is doing something more than merely holding up a cleverly angled mirror."
A second collection from Robinson (The Planet on the Table, 1986), this one comprising 14 tales (plus an unclassifiable fictional essay), 1986-91, whose general theme is the mutability of history. Read full book review >

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AURORA by Kim Stanley Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 7, 2015

"A compelling (if depressing) argument against those who still dream of an interstellar manifest destiny."
Robinson's latest well-researched novel exposes the fundamental flaws in one of science fiction's most beloved tropes: the multigenerational space ark traveling at sub-light speed to colonize a planet around a distant star. Read full book review >

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SIXTY DAYS AND COUNTING by Kim Stanley Robinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 6, 2007

"Fitfully interesting but much too long. In the future, apparently, there will be no editing."
At a time of environmental crisis, America elects an intelligent, well-balanced president who has a sense of humor and listens to scientists. Get real. Read full book review >