Posts Tagged ‘Kim Stanley Robinson’

Over on LibraryThing, there’s a discussion going on about the five best books everyone has read in 2011. (The discussion was inspired by the Millions’ great series, A Year in Reading.) When I looked back through my 2011 reads, I was surprised to find that there were exactly five books that I rated 5 stars. […]


Here’s an interesting project. Some of my favorite writers are contributing to a book of stories about climate change, including Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell and Kim Stanley Robinson. The book apparently was inspired by Ian McEwan‘s remarks that not enough authors are writing about climate change.Science fiction must have addressed this issue. Of course, there […]


All of a sudden Galileo felt that this moment had happened before – that he had been standing in the artisans’ Friday market outside Venice’s Arsenale and felt someone’s gaze on him, and looked up to see a man staring at him, a tall stranger with a beaky narrow face. Recently, I was sort of […]


Everybody’s doing it, so why not me? Top 10 lists are always fun, so I present to you my completely biased, non-authoritative lists of my top 10 books and top 10 movies of 2000-2009. Books The Road by Cormac McCarthy Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon Never Let Me […]


One of the the most complex, multi-layered and absorbing novels I’ve read, which would definitely benefit from multiple rereadings. Set in an alternate history where the Plague wiped out 99 percent of Europe’s population instead of just one-third – effectively decimating white, Christian culture – the novel follows 700 years of history as Arab, Asian […]



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