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Aurora by [Robinson, Kim Stanley]
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Our voyage from Earth began generations ago.

Now, we approach our destination.

A new home.

Aurora.

Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, Aurora is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1212 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (9 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SHL3U9W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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An extraordinary book. Fascinating characters, involving philosophical discussions, and challenging ideas. Darn - I've finished it! One to equal his "Antarctica".
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With his latest novel, “Aurora”, Kim Stanley Robinson demonstrates why he may be the finest living contemporary hard science fiction writer. Drawing from knowledge gleamed in studying man-made climate change and biodiversity from following current scientific literature and communicating with scientists, Kim Stanley Robinson has written the most realistic speculative fiction novel set aboard a multigenerational starship I have read, and one filled with characters as memorable as the family of Devi, the starship’s “engineer”, her husband Badim and daughter Freya. They and the rest of the inhabitants of the starship – which includes a diverse assortment of Earth’s biodiversity and human ethnicities – are closing in on the remote Tau Ceti solar system, more than a century and a half after the starship left the Solar System in the year 2545. Once they arrive in the Tau Ceti solar system, there are momentous political and social changes afoot, which will lead to internal strife, and the decision of some to remain behind on the Tau Ceti Earth-like moon Aurora, while the rest opt to take the long, difficult trek back to a Solar System unrecognizable to their distant ancestors. Robinson does a fine job injecting scientific knowledge whenever it is needed to explain some aspects of the unfolding tale, without lecturing to his readers, and forsaking the human aspects of this story. Several years ago I was fortunate to hear him discuss the future of speculative fiction at an event held at MOMA/PS 1 in Long Island City, Queens, New York, and was especially impressed with his interest and understanding of the science pertaining to man-made climate change and biodiversity loss, which he demonstrates abundantly in his latest novel.Read more ›
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There's a melancholy aspect to this book that grates on me, a theme of insularity and defeatism that frankly shocked me after reading KSR's Mars trilogy. I guess I expected more in terms of humanity's ability to adapt and solve problems than KSR was prepared to offer here. It sees to me that KSR envisages a future where we don't really progress too much further with medical technology, and where humans have AGWed the earth to bits. These things both seem unlikely to me (others will no doubt buy into them happily), so detract from what was otherwise a really good read.

In fairness it's a great book. The cons I mention above are the only reason KSR doesn't get a 5 on this review. The book is well written, well researched and immersive. I liked the characters, and appreciated how the author detailed their frustrations and travails. There's just that title bit of misandry here and there.
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Another awesome work from the author. I suspect that he will be recognised as one of the greats of all time. The amount of research that would have been involved in this work is amazing. Just as many of us have read everything that Asimov wrote we will do the same here. This book is a great read.
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I really liked KSR's Mars trilogy. My only real issue with it was the long sections of detailed explanation of things like the martian geology which seemed to bring the story to a grinding halt. The same is true with Aurora. Though, the concept is great, and overall I liked it, I would have rated it higher if it he had not gone into such detail, from the narrator's (Aurora's AI) point of view, on philosophical, literary, and other concepts which, for me, just dragged. I found myself, more than once, just skimming through those multiple paragraphs till something of more substance happened.
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Did you read and enjoy the entire Martian Trilogy? Then this one is for you. If you lost interest after some or all of Red Mars, then go elsewhere.
KSR has kept some of the basic concepts of interplanetary colonization but has vastly changed the timelines and the circumstances.
He continues to write eloquently but with that scientific accent that may send you to your online Oxford English on occasion. Charming cast of characterizations and an ever so subtle but profound lead into his narrator!
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This is an enjoyable read. Plenty of new concepts around the biological, social and physical problems with the generation ship concept. This would ultimately be quite depressing if it weren't for the subplot around consciousness and AI. The characters are well developed and there is enough general "strangeness" to make this all seem new. Some things I thought would be explained and weren't, but then maybe I spaced, it was pretty long.
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Ecologies ensconced within a ship run by an Ai does not seem to be unique start to one of the best reads of the year for me but don't be fooled. This is a great read and one you will remember for a very long time. I was hooked from day one and couldn't let it go. Best read this or you will be sorry. Peter Eerden.
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