Great sci-fi writers start with what is universal and unchanging – human nature, the laws of physics, Coca Cola – and draw a line from such guide points into the future. I firmly believe that the future will be strange and wonderful, exciting and mind-blowing but also instantly recognisable as human were we to be transported there. Kim Stanley Robinson has been long praised for his ability to achieve exactly this. He has inherited the prophetic mantle from such greats as Isaac Asimov and Jules Verne giving us the perfect blend of the fantastic and the plausible.
Blurb: The future history of humanity: epic and believable SF from the bestselling and multiple award-winning author of Red Mars.
The year is 2312. Scientific advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer our only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system, on moons, planets and in between. But in 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront our past, present and future.
The first event takes place on Mercury, in the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. For Swan Er Hong, it will change her life. Once a designer of worlds, now Swan will be led into a plot to destroy them.
2312 is a bold vision of humanity’s future and a compelling portrait of those individuals who will shape its events.
“2312 is a monumental tour-de-force that re-imagines the solar system in ways no one has envisioned before. Whether comparing the compositions of Beethoven to those of skylarks and warblers, or describing a life-threatening sunrise on Mercury, Robinson fills 2312 with joy and exuberance, danger and fear, and the steadily mounting suspense of a mystery that spans the planets. This is the finest novel yet from the author who gave us the Mars Trilogy and GALILEO’S DREAM. An amazing accomplishment.” – Robert Crais
2312 is the first of a projected trilogy.
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection.