The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson

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Adventurers, scientists, artists, workers, and visionaries — these are the men and women you will encounter in the short fiction of Kim Stanley Robinson. In settings ranging from the sunken ruins of Venice to the upper reaches of the Himalayas to the terraformed surface of Mars itself, and through themes of environmental sustainability, social justice, personal responsibility, sports, adventure, and fun, Robinson's protagonists explore a world which stands in sharp contrast to many of the traditional locales and...
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Adventurers, scientists, artists, workers, and visionaries — these are the men and women you will encounter in the short fiction of Kim Stanley Robinson. In settings ranging from the sunken ruins of Venice to the upper reaches of the Himalayas to the terraformed surface of Mars itself, and through themes of environmental sustainability, social justice, personal responsibility, sports, adventure, and fun, Robinson's protagonists explore a world which stands in sharp contrast to many of the traditional locales and mores of science fiction, presenting instead a world in which Utopia rests within our grasp.

From Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning author of the Mars Trilogy, the Three Californias Trilogy, the Science in the Capital series, The Martians, and The Years of Rice and Salt, comes The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson. These twenty-two stories, including the Nebula Award-winning "The Blind Geometer," and World Fantasy Award winner "Black Air" represent The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson.

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Publishers Weekly
Robinson's award-winning novels (the Mars Trilogy, Galileo's Dream) often unjustly overshadow his brilliant short stories, an error that this impressive collection will do much to correct. "Venice Drowned" chronicles Carlo Tafur's heartbreak as he saves Venice's treasures from the rising waters by selling them to foreigners. The profound and profoundly emotional "Lucky Strike" describes one man's struggle with his conscience during WWII. A family faces a variety of uncertainties at the onset of a new ice age in "Glacier," and the title character of "The Blind Geometer" works his way through a mathematical mystery that may prove lethal. Robinson is equally at home in the furthest reaches of the cosmos and among scotch-swilling NASA scientists stuck in traffic, and every story pivots around a different fascinating idea that will hit readers right in that "sense of wonder" SF sweet spot. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597801850
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Pages: 389
  • Sales rank: 975,614
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Venice Drowned 1

Ridge Running 19

Before I Wake 33

Black Air 43

The Lucky Strike 67

A Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions 99

Arthur Sternbach Brings the Curveball to Mars 109

The Blind Geometer 119

Our Town 157

Escape from Kathmandu 163

Remaking History 211

The Translator 223

Glacier 237

The Lunatics 257

Zürich 281

Vinland the Dream 291

"A History of the Twentieth Century, with Illustrations" 301

Muir on Shasta 329

Sexual Dimorphism 339

Discovering Life 353

Prometheus Unbound, At Last 361

The Timpanist of the Berlin Philharmonic, 1942 365

Afterword Kim Stanley Robinson 381

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