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The Planet on the Table

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They sailed out of Lisbon harbor with the flags snapping and the brass culverins gleaming under a high white sun, priests proclaiming in sonorous Latin the blessing of the Pope, soldiers in armor jammed on the castles fore and aft, and sailors spiderlike in the rigging, waving at the citizens of the town who had left their work to come out on the hills and watch the ships ...more
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published July 1986 by Tor Books
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Paco Nathan
Feb 02, 2014 Paco Nathan rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, prose
This collection of short stories by KSR shows a number of different facets of the author-in-progress, circa 1970s and early 1980s. It reminded me of reading "Zodiac" by Neal Stephenson, where the text sort of rambles awkwardly up until about page 75 when Stephenson finally finds his voice and propels into the stratosphere as an author from that point forward.

Some of these stories have clear traces of PKD and Joyce commingled with hard-boiled SF from earlier years -- I would account those to a po
Mar 08, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those books that have rattled around my book shelves for a while now - I guess I am poor at finishing books of short stories as I know once I have finished one story I can either go on to the next or in my case pick up a novel and read that instead. Anyway this is a collecting of Kim Stanley Robinson's earlier works - that range in scope and subject and really the only linking feature is their age, each story was written between 1977 and 1986. This series really acts as a pre-run ...more
Adam  McPhee
Eight short stories, four of which I've read previously in The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson.

Of the new-to-me stories, there's:

Mercurial -- A Watson-type helps his Holmes solve a murder and cover it up for the sake of art on Mercury's capital, Terminator, the city that runs around the planet on train tracks, pushed by the sun. Sort of a precursor to the Swann character and her home in 2312.

The Disguise -- The dangers of using memory implants to help theatre actors is explored when a performer bec
Dec 19, 2007 Tracey rated it it was ok
Shelves: no-longer-owned
I picked this up on one of my used bookstore visits. I'd read Red Mars and thought it was pretty good, if a bit talky. The politics in the second book (either Green Mars, or Blue Mars) started getting tedious, so I dropped the series. I figured maybe Robinson was better in small doses, and for the most part, I was right.

While I didn't find anything unforgettable in this collection, it was an enjoyable diversion from the snow and the cold. "The Lucky Strike" is an intriguing alternate history of
Bob Rust
May 23, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing
Introduction (The Planet on the Table) • (1986) • essay by Kim Stanley Robinson
Venice Drowned • (1981) • novelette
Mercurial • (1985) • novelette
Ridge Running • (1984) • shortstory
The Disguise • (1977) • novella
The Lucky Strike • (1984) • novelette
Coming Back to Dixieland • (1976) • novelette
Stone Eggs • (1983) • shortstory
Black Air • (1983) • novelette
Jul 10, 2015 Mae rated it it was amazing
I don't usually like short stories very much and honestly I didn't realize this was a collection when I picked it up. But each one in here sucked me right in. And then left me to lament that there wasn't more to read about that little world I stepped into ever so briefly. I really liked how different both in style and topic each story was.
Dragutin Vukovic
Aug 22, 2015 Dragutin Vukovic rated it really liked it
I enjoyed these stories very much. They are special, they are weird, and they are told with seducing storytelling skill. Much recomended.
A good collection of short stories by Kim Stanley Robinson mostly speculative fiction but also a good look back at his early work.
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Some interesting, although grim, short stories more in the fantasy genre than science fiction.
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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
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