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Book Review: Aurora, by Kim Stanley Robinson

A generation ship story in which the AI is the main character.


Orbit, 2015, 466 pages

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 new home.


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Also by Kim Stanley Robinson: My review of Red Mars.

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Book Review: Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson

The epic of the first Mars colony begins.

Red Mars

Spectra, 1992, 592 pages

Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.

For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

Although it is fiction, Red Mars is based on years of research. As living spaces and greenhouses multiply, an astonishing panorama of our galactic future rises from the red dust.

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Verdict: A dense and meticulous work of hard SF, Red Mars will appeal to fans of all the authors to whom Kim Stanley Robinson pays homage: Ray Bradbury, Ben Bova, Edgar Rice Burroughs, et al. Its futuristic vision appealed to me, yet the story and the characters never fully engaged me, leaving me lukewarm about continuing the trilogy.

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