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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 its past, its present, and its future.

The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 05, 2012 – Robinson (Galileo s Dream) delivers a challenging, compelling masterpiece of science fiction. In a spectacularly depicted future of interplanetary colonization, humanity has spread across the entire solar system, from miniature biomes in hollowed-out asteroids to a moving city racing the fatal rays of the sun on Mercury. Mercurian artist and biome designer Swan Er Hong is struggling to cope with her grandmother s death and an unexpected meteor strike when she gets caught up in a scientific conspiracy that touches on both the political and economic schemes of space-based humans, including Saturn s ring-surfing moon dwellers and the secretive factions controlling slowly terraforming Venus, as well as the quasi-independent quantum computers called qubes. As Swan, the saturnine diplomat Fitz Wahram, and interplanetary investigator Jean Genette delve into the possible connections among a series of mysterious incidents, Robinson s extraordinary completeness of vision results in a magnificently realized, meticulously detailed future in which social and biological changes keep pace with technological developments.

Customer Reviews


Only 143 pages in and I cannot bear it!

Science majors will get it

I made it through the whole thing! Now I feel like I can whip up some atmosphere, throw in some big machinery, and wow I've made my own plant habitable.
I give the author props for the descriptions of our galaxy, I just am not sure reading a book of fiction is suppose to be so dry. One of my favorite authors is Neil Stephenson so I a familiar with what I call "tough reads". This book was no way up to par in story or fresh ideas for science fiction. One of the main reasons I tried it was from a review stating it was close to Neil's work.
I'm sorry to say I don't recommend it. Hopefully, now that the author has gone through spitting out all their info they will focus more on a really good story line. I saw the ending coming a mile away.

Travelogue of Solar System

If you liked the Red,Green,Blue Mars trilogy you will probably like this. Some of the technology and places described in great detail are fascinating. Robinson delves into psychology and philosophy as well, this is not a slam bang action thriller, it makes you think. That said the plot was a little thin and the ending a little anti- climatic, but unless you are offered a tour of the 24th century Solar System this will do.

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  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Published: May 22, 2012
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 576 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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