Aurora by Kim Stanley RobinsonAurora by Kim Stanley Robinson


byKim Stanley Robinson

Mass Market Paperback | April 26, 2016

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A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, AURORA tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system.
Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.
Our voyage from Earth began generations ago.
Now, we approach ournew home.
Kim Stanley Robinson is aNew York Timesbestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, andLocusawards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimedForty Signs of Rain,The Years of Rice and Saltand2312. In 2008, he was named a "Hero of the Environment" byTimemagazine, and he ...
Title:AuroraFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 7.62 × 4.25 × 1.25 inPublished:April 26, 2016Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316098094

ISBN - 13:9780316098090


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book Love this book! It is a beautiful and moving sci fi. Would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Couldn't get past the weak points I expected to like this book. I should have liked this book. I love science fiction and although this was the first novel that I've read by Kim Stanley Robinson, I was familiar with his reputation and awards for his past novels. And I generally enjoy stories that explore the "what ifs" of interstellar exploration, especially when the fiction is rooted in current scientific theories. And before I get to the negative, I have to say that the final 2/3 of the book was fascinating. To avoid giving away too many spoilers, I'll simply say that the author does a masterful job of exploring a unique voice, and uses it to knit together and explore a variety of scientific fields, to provide a unique perspective on some of the unique realities that would be inherent in the type of multi-generation starship that quite likely will be required for interstellar exploration. But what I couldn't get past, despite trying, was the second chapter, where most of the details of the starship are laid out, plus what appeared to be some inconsistencies in later portions of the book. I love hard science fiction, but I'm certainly more than willing to accept some elements of the fantastic in envisioning future technologies, but the details of the 24 biomes that comprised the interior of the starship were so implausible (if not impossible) that I just couldn't get past them. I am not an expert biologist, but I do know a fair bit about ecosystems, and there is simply no way that many of the biomes could function as described, with the 4 square kilometers of a single biome supporting an average of 200-300+ humans (population numbers were inconsistent in the various descriptions), free ranging herds of herbivores and carnivores such as wolf packs, croplands, lakes, etc. I wish there was some way I could recommend reading the book while omitting the second chapter, or somehow skimming through it, but without being able to do so, all I can give this is 3 stars. If I'd stopped around chapter 3, it would have been fewer stars, but the latter half of the book did redeem the story to at least some extent.
Date published: 2017-09-11

Editorial Reviews

"Inherently epic stuff... expect interplanetary strife, conspiracies, more big ideas than most SF authors pack into a trilogy... [yet] this is ultimately in so many respects a book about Earth... a wise and wondrous novel"-SFX on 2312