On the North Pole of Pluto there stands an enigma: a huge circle of standing blocks of ice, built on the pattern of Earth's Stonehengebut ten times the size, standing alone at the farthest reaches of the Solar System. What is it? Who came there to build it?
The secret lies, perhaps, in the chaotic decades of the Martian Revolution, in the lost memories of those who have li...more
In this universe people can...more
4.5 stars, really. Once you get past the clunky hard SF of the first 30 pages, it's a lovely, strange, sad meditation on all the different people we are in life and the fiction that they are all one person. In grand SF fashion, it makes this concrete by giving humans the same pseudo-immortality as the later Mars books but handles memory differently, by making us slowly give up our earlier memories as we pass beyond that firs...more
Even early in his career, Robinson (who would later write the Mars Trilogy) seemed interested in Mars, hence a large chunk of this book being set there, and some aspects of the later series being foreshadowed here. The book raises in...more
This book was either as bad as I thought it was or it was way too smart for me, which is quite possible. I knew that I should have bailed on this book about 1/4 of the way into it, but I decided to stick around because I was hoping that the ending would tie everything together with a clever twist or revelation. The more I hung around, the more I realized that there were fewer and fewer p...more
This book is the first of his Mars books - although it is largely about the eponymous structure that gets discovered on Pluto, much of it is set on Mars and is about the history...more
Ce roman(roman-mosaïque/fix-up) raconte les histoires de trois personnages dans un système solaire situé du XXIIIème au XXVIème siècle, donc assez dans le futur. A cette époque, le système est conquis jusqu’à Saturne, et les planètes plus lointaines sont inexploitées. Le récit commence avec les aventures d’Emma Weil, spécialiste en système de survie, membre de l’équipage d’un vaisseau minéralier, et qui va assister au départ d’un groupe vers l’espace profond. Pour anodin qu’il soit,...more
And sometimes that can be OK, but with full-on "hard SF" like this, I really need some characters that I care about in order to make me interested in the idea part.
And if I have to keep starting over caring about people every time we switch narrators, eventually I will just give up.
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