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Aurora

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Description

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 our destination.
A new home.
AURORA.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 30, 2015 – This ambitious hard SF epic shows Robinson (Shaman) at the top of his game. Freya and her parents live aboard a starship that has traveled for generations and will soon reach Tau Ceti, a star about 12 light years from Earth's solar system. Freya's mother, Devi, is the de facto chief engineer, struggling to keep the ship's environment balanced until they reach a new world and, they hope, survive on it. But ecologies are delicate, resources are limited, and the laws of physics are immutable. Over the course of Freya's life, her community faces genuinely surprising struggles for survival, leading Freya to wonder whether it is too late to reconsider a question initially decided millions of miles away and centuries ago: should this ship have been launched in the first place? As always, Robinson is at his best when dealing with large populations, scientific questions, and logistics, and the very human characters are more than afterthoughts. Even an occasional lapse into preaching about the philosophical problems with space exploration can't mar this poignant story, which admirably stretches the limits of human imagination.

Customer Reviews

Was good

Have read a lot of his books, had some definite twists was a bit of a downer (spoiler alert) that there were issues with colony

More science than fiction

The amount of research that went into this book — agriculture, biology, gravitational computation, ecology — is really impressive. Flat characters, that are a bit unlikeable, and stale dialogue become a bit of a distraction at times — but a computer AI that is completely lovable and an exceptional ending make any small matters seem insignificant.

Possibly KSR's Best

There are very few books I would read over again - four come to mind, Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy and
now Aurora. IMHO Robinson is perhaps the greatest Sci-fi writer since Robert Heinlein as both are writers that probe thought provoking ideas and philosophies that go far beyond the constraints of the genre. The AI "ship" in Aurora echoes Heinlein's omniscient and almost-human AI Mike in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, tugging at the reader's heart at the same time that it brings a smile. When a writer can bring that kind of empathy and pathos to an entity like this, he is truly arrived as a master of his craft. Two thumbs up for a Hugo award!

Aurora
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Published: Jul 07, 2015
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 480 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with 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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