2312: a novel by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit Books, 2012)

As you might guess from the title, this science fiction novel takes place 300 years in the future. I had trouble adjusting to so many new ideas at once; it might have worked better filled out into several novels. It takes a while to discern the meanings of words Robinson makes up to describe future technologies, but eventually it becomes clear that humans have not only terraformed Mercury, Mars, Venus and Titan to make them quasi-habitable, but also made human environments out of thousands of hollowed-out asteroids. In this world of the future, quantum computing is an everyday thing, and the coastlines of the continents have long since been inundated due to climate change. Yet the big problems are in a sense still the same – political stalemates, computers becoming ever more powerful, and the challenges of restoring ecosystems and their flora and fauna. I still like the Forty Signs of Rain trilogy the best of Robinson’s work, but if you like science fiction you will enjoy this novel.

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  1. 2312 was great! that scene where Swan and Wahram are trapped in the tunnels of Mercury had me completely freaked out, but in a good way. this is definately one of those books you want to savor and read slowly, instead of trying to zip through.

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