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 […]


When you expect to live another two hundred years, you behave differently from when you expect to live only twenty. The Mars Trilogy chronicles the settlement and terraforming of the planet Mars through the viewpoints of a wide variety of characters spanning almost two centuries. Kim Stanley Robinson is not an easy author to read […]


Told from three different points of view, this is the story of how an ice monolith similar to Stonehenge, made from ice taken from Saturn’s rings, is discovered on Pluto and its possible origins debated and reformulated. It is also the story of a futuristic society that has colonized the solar system and expanded the […]


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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