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2312

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Winner of the Nebula Award for Best SF Novel of the Year
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 i...more
Hardcover, 561 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jeremy
So I'm not actually done, but I couldn't make it through.

I've tried to read Kim Stanley Robinson in the past, and I've managed to plow through. His world building is great, but something about the novels fail to grab me.

This one though, ugh. I made it about 60% through before I could identify the problems. I don't care about the main protagonist AT ALL. She's a 140-something hermaphrodite of Chinese descent that grew up on Mercury (cool, right?), but at her age, she's completely self-absorbed, a...more
Dan
I read maybe one sci-fi book a year. My barrier to entry is generally the writing itself. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I find that most contemporary sci-fi books - as with most "genre" books - tend to be poorly written, sacrificing craft in favor of the fascinating worlds, etc that they present. So, it's always a pleasant surprise when I encounter a work of sci-fi that's also really well written because I am a bit of a futurist at heart and love to delve into these worlds. (It's not for nothing that S...more
Chad Peterman
I tried to read this book. I really tried. But after fighting to get halfway through this book without even being able to figure out what the plot was, I gave up.

I had read a lot of positive reviews for this book, so I decided to give it a read. Now I wonder if these reviewers read the same book I tried to read. The plot, at least up to the point where I gave up, hadn't progressed (in fact, I don't even know what the plot was). And I really wasn't invested in the characters.

Now this book did hav...more
Graham Crawford
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It has an extremely interesting structure that verges on the allegorical. There's an alchemical marriage of Mercury and Saturn, The dynamic of old and emerging structures embedded in the present, three prose styles,- all very clever. A duet of Swan and Frog.

The lovers spin like Pluto and Charon, around the two plot Lagrange points of an endless walk beneath the surface of Mercury, and waiting to be rescued in the blackness of space- two p...more
Alexandra
This book just made me happy. Wonderfully, giddily happy. That's the TL;DR version: if you like nearish future sf and you would consider yourself small-l liberal and enjoy a bit of adventure and politicking, oh this is awesome.

Why?

There's the gender aspects. Robinson goes beyond gender-bending and into gender-thwarting. I first really realised something was going on when a new character was introduced and for the entire interaction, there were no pronouns used. And it's a gender-neutral name. S...more
BG Josh
So at 65% I finally just kicked this pig and stopped reading. This book is objectively terrible. The story is foolish and non existent, no one involved is sympathetic or even slightly interesting. The main character actually gets her way by threatening to scream, at one point. I was constantly reminded of the twilight books.

The world is goodish, unless you have ever read any other trans humanist books.

The only people I can recommend this book to are extreme liberals. Unwashed hippies, reeking o...more
Shoshana
I was afraid for a long time that all the literary crap in this book was covering up what was really an overdone, boring plot.

It turned out not to be true - the plot is cool - but the plot only inhabits about 100 pages of this monster 6 or 7 hundred pager of a capital-N Novel.

Really, Kim Stanley Robinson, did we need random-ish, unfathomable "lists" between each chapter? Actually, I can answer that for you. No.

And really, Kim Stanley Robinson, did you have to format your very cool, forgivably in...more
Ben Babcock
For the past three years, I’ve paid for the privilege of voting in the Hugo Awards. I do this not because I love voting in the Hugo Awards (though that’s cool) but because, for the past few years, they have made available a voter packet containing digital copies of most of the nominated works. All I need do is purchase a supporting membership at the year’s WorldCon, which is always cheaper than if I were to buy the various novels and anthologies in which these works might be found. (Also, all th...more
Liviu
2312 is actually quite interesting about 100 pages in, I just wish the author's style would me more on my taste; this way it is like reading a very dry proof but of a very interesting result so while I derive little emotional pleasure, it's intellectually satisfying; let's hope that continues as otherwise as fiction I would have no reason to continue with 2312 and i really wish to finish it.

I finished 2312 and overall I wouldn't call it disappointing as I did not expect that much from it, but I...more
John
2/3 of the way through this one. Not as good as some of his previous works so far. Could do without the "lists" and other iterations, and some of the fragmented partial commentaries from fictitious future reference works. The usual KSR weirdness abounds, particularly his love of unconventional and experimental social arrangements (he truly is the contemporary science fiction author most like Robert Heinlein in this regard). This is yet another book about colonizing and/or terraforming planets in...more
Trudi

Abandoning this one at about the 50% mark. I gave it the ol' college try, but turns out this really ain't for me. Densely written, huge passages of world-building (and terraforming), but not enough of a propulsive plot or engaging characters to keep me turning the pages.
Ric
'Encyclopedic' is the word that comes to mind with 2312. Robinson set out for a broad brush look at our race 300 years ahead, and this is precisely what we get. The tale takes us to many locations in the future solar system --- Mercury and the city on the Terminator, Venus with its solar shield, Saturn and its multiple terraria, Earth and its old world colonialism. The only venue missing is Mars, but then, Robinson has written a boatload on Mars.

There is an SF mystery that ties the story togethe...more
C.E. Murphy
I've finished Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312, which in some ways I liked a lot and in others found a little frustrating. Mostly I didn't feel Swan's voice was much differentiated from previous KSR protagonists, though the other two major POV characters were reasonably different. I liked the development of the romance and the world, I liked many of the choices the characters made, I just sort of felt like I could switch Frank out for Swan and it wouldn't be significantly different.

The other proble...more
Tamara

I may be overdosing on this particular susgenre, since I read Blue Remembered Earth recently, and The Quiet War not long before that. They essentially tell the same story, but whats disturbing is that they essentially come to the same conclusion. All of this seems to come down to the Richard Florida version of the future. The 24th century for hipsters.

They're liberal-geek amusement parks. A guided tour of one half of the western culture war. The roller coaster of exciting new urbanism. The merr...more
Daniel
I need to use the word "transcendent" to talk about a book with spaceships in it. I am fully aware that this is a silly thing to do, and I hope that one day you can forgive me. But really, 2312 is a transcendent work of science fiction.

Let's start with the science fiction and work our way up to the transcendence. So. Three hundred years from now (q.v. the book's title), we've managed to colonize the solar system and we've started terraforming some likely planets, moons, and asteroids. The adven...more
Gerhard
There is an astonishing setpiece in this book where Swan visits New York, which climate change and rising sea levels has turned into a kind of new Venice. Fresh from space, Swan's intoxication with the beauty of Earth and the wonder of New York's transformation is ravishing.

So much SF these days focuses on the negative aspects of science and technology; KSR is quite old-fashioned in that he thinks we have enough of a technological base at the moment to get us through to a new level.

What has hap...more
Tom Burke
I hate to rate this so low. The book was pretty ambitious and quite detailed. The story follows Swan, a 130 year old woman living on Mercury who finds herself in the middle of a terrorist plot.

The world as imagined by Robinson is quite amazing. Humans now inhabit most of the planets and thousands of asteroids. Swan is expert at designing worlds and it is quite compelling to read about hollowed out asteroids with completely fabricated eco-systems inside them.

My problem is probably not with the b...more
Tudor Ciocarlie
The world is so careful constructed, the colonized Solar System is so beautiful, the gender questions are so interesting that you can almost overlook the thinness of the characters and the unengaging story.
Kaethe
Perhaps I didn't like this more because the time spent drifting about the solar system slowed down the momentum. It is an espionage thriller in form, although too digressive to be thrilling. It's a future in which people live much longer, and most of the human settlements are beyond scarcity. Earth, by way of contrast, really sucks. Endemic poverty, disease, all the social ills humanity is heir to, and the sea levels did rise with predictably disastrous results.

There are lots of entertaining and...more
Jason

4 Stars

2312 is a tough book to review, there is a great deal to like and to recommend in this one, but there are also some big issues too. As many reviewers have pointed out, this book leans towards hard science fiction without ever really becoming a teaching lesson. To me, it is a speculative piece of fiction that incorporates real mechanisms behind the physics and the biology of the future presented. It is intelligent, well thought out, and researched. This was my first Kim Stanley Robinson an...more
Steve Callear
Great book with exception to the plot. Robinson created an amazingly detailed world that I really could imagine as a possible future.

Good characters as well but, some were really under developed. Alex, yes she was dead but, we never learn about any of her personality, except that she was loved and highly regarded by many. She was supposed to be the hero/motivating factor for the main character Swan, yet we never know what type of person she was except that she was basically the matriarch for me...more
Bane of Kings
The Review: http://thefoundingfields.com/2013/07/....

“A space opera of epic scale that whilst boasts some great ideas, is let down by a flawed execution.” ~The Founding Fields

2312 was one of my most anticipated novels from 2012, but I didn’t get around to reading it until recently. And well, with all the anticipation, I found it to actually be somewhat of a let down. Sure, don’t get me wrong - 2312 wasn’t a bad book, as it boasted some great, imaginative ideas on an epic scale with some great...more
Derek
Some people (myself included) have looked at this book’s title and read 2012 instead of 2312 and thought, “Oh goody, another cataclysmic paranoia-fest.” The title is intended to make you do that double-take, because rather than the end of the world, this story is about the creating of worlds. Or possibly recreating. The story is set in the moderately distant and moderately bizarre future, where a city on Mercury runs away from the hellish sunrise on tracks that expand in the heat, pushing it alo...more
Tom Merritt
I wanted to love this book, as Robinson is a genius, and at times I found it brilliant. The characters are interesting and unfold in a truly intriguing manner. The historical sweep of the universe is really shown off in this book too and a love the bits of future science explaining terraforming and the like. I could have done without the lists personally although I see their poetic function. They just weren't my thing personally. But overall the story just never grabbed me. I wanted it to and I...more
Kate
In many ways, this is much more of a love story than anything else. Boy meets girl, even.

This does take place in the same universe as the Mars Trilogy, but you don't need to have read them to appreciate this book, other than perhaps knowing that longevity treatments were developed then, allowing humans to live 150+ years.

The people, the spacers, in this book are almost far removed from us as a different species. They almost resemble the Culture from Iain M. Banks's books. The spacers are very he...more
Vlad
Това е един от най-силните и значими фантастични романи от последните години. Достатъчен да върне вярата в жанра, чиято памет отдавна е огромен, населен с какво ли не лабиринт, в който обаче малцина се впускат. 2312 е хроника на едно такова потапяне и историята на едно фрагментирано бъдеще. Фантастиката има нужда от такива подвизи. Времето, прекарано в четене за тях, никога не е изгубено.
Laura
The book begins: “The sun is always just about to rise.” (1). Which is true for most of the people on Mercury. They either walk in the predawn light or live in the one city, Terminator, that circles Mercury in that same predawn light, driven by the sun like a remote controlled car. The “heat of the coming day expands the tracks, and the city’s undercarriage is tightly sleeved over them; so sunlight drives the city west.” (5). Always announcing the dawn. Until the tracks are attacked and the city...more
Kate
This is set in a similar milieu to KSR's Mars series. However there is a slightly different historical progression which was confusing at first as the events didn't fit the Mars series timeline despite some of the elements being the same (e.g. there is a city called Terminator perched on giant rails which run around Mercury in both stories).

So it seems that KSR has taken many of his ideas from Mars and extrapolated them into a more distant future where the human race has colonised the solar syst...more
Tom
Right off the bat: this is probably the best science fiction book I've ever read. I cannot possibly give this book enough praise, but let me ramble a bit:

It's an absolute masterpiece, so dense with world building and SF ideas and amazing characterisation. It's this century's Dune. It's a loving tribute to science and ecology and art and music and our solar system and our species. It's a brilliant love story.

The book has roughly a short story worth of plot, but a whole trilogy worth of ideas and...more
Gene
This is an odd one. I loved Robinson's earlier Mars trilogy (Red Mars,Blue Mars, and Green Mars), and 2312 is set in the same science fiction landscape, although now most of our solar system's planets have been colonized to greater or lesser degrees, and most are undergoing some process of terraforming. Which is all fascinating. The characters are difficult and interesting, too. The plot is slim but fine (if a bit familiar from Blade Runner and Battlestar Galactica, among other sources). So I sh...more
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Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer, probably best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy.

His work delves into ecological and sociological themes regularly, and many of his novels appear to be the direct result of his own scientific fascinations, such as the 15 years of research and lifelong fascination with Mars which culminated in his most famous work. He has, due to his...more
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