Aurora

Aurora

by Kim Stanley Robinson

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ISBN-13: 9780316526999
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 459,578
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Kim Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain, The Years of Rice and Salt and 2312. In 2008, he was named a "Hero of the Environment" by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. He lives in Davis, California.

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Aurora 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in science fiction,as opposed to fantasy, ignore the bad reviews from some readers and google reviews from Scientific American, The Guardian, SFFWORLD, etc. Then buy this book. This is classic hard scifi that explores the logical and ethical implications of our technology and our ability to organize ouselves (our social technology) in light the diversity of human nature...but as with all of KSR's best work, he sets these explorations in the form of an exciting story about an engaging and recognizably human (sometimes, all too human) cast of characters. The Mars Trilogy might always be my favorite KSR story, but Aurora is its equal in literary terms.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you can take the looong descriptions & scientific explanations, there's a really good sci-fi story in there. Thankfully, I like biology. I liked all the characters, including "ship." Ideas are excellent. 3/4 of the way through, though, the wordiness became too great to bear, so I skimmed for a while until the plot resumed & things started happening again. Good ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed many aspects of this book. It was refreshing to read a hard science fiction novel that explored science & humanity without blatantly reading like a screenplay. Though I did find parts of it a little too repetitive. I loved the questions it explored and the questions it posed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When some of these spacefarers return to Earth, they have to adjust to the physical and social demands of living on the homeworld.
ScifiandScary More than 1 year ago
This was an intense read. Not in terms of feelings, but it needed intense concentration to read it. You were either completely immersed, or you were skimming because the technical terms short-circuited your brain. For the most part, I was completely immersed, but I’ll confess, there were a few pages that got skimmed simply because I got lost trying to keep track of all the information that was being dumped on me. There was a ton of stuff that happened, but given the narrator, it actually felt like it moved slowly. This could be a good or bad thing, depending on how you looked at it. You really have to adjust your timescale for Aurora. Things don’t happen in minutes. They happen in years, decades, generations, et cetera. I’ve read reviews that stated that the narrator (and I’m trying my best to not give away the narrator) made the story be less story-like, and more hard-science info dumping. Yes/No. I’ve already admitted there were massive info-dumps, but the thing is.. the story was still fascinating. Its true that there wasn’t a huge emphasis on direct personal relationships. You couldn’t really connect with any of the characters in general, and while that would normally be a problem for me when reading… it was not a problem with this book. Because you aren’t meant to connect to any specific character, but to humanity as a whole. Pretty much the only things I was dissatisfied with were: the info-dumps were sometimes a little too long, the middle bogged down a bit, and …of course… the ending. I was only mildly drawn in by the last section. Be careful picking up this book. Its immensely satisfying, but… if you thought The Martian had too much science, you will hate Aurora. Overall, I can’t rave excitedly about this book, or even say I’d recommend it to anyone who is not a huge fan of hard science fiction, but … it is a great read. A solid, satisfying one that I thoroughly enjoyed reading, even as I couldn’t wait to actually be finished with it. I guess Aurora definitely left me with some mixed feelings, but I know at a minimum that I liked it, and that I’m going to try out some more works of Kim Stanley Robinson in the future.
Majorcats More than 1 year ago
As much a book about an (maybe) AI musing about human failings and its own existence as about colonizing anything. Frankly a thoroughly depressing story which is not really what I am looking for. Nothing good happens in this story. Cannot recommend.
catburglar More than 1 year ago
Long and boring. Genre: space adventure, growing up saga Narrated in third person, present tense. Much of the story seems like an extensive brain dump of the author. The ship’s narrative is a cheap way to tell the story, rather than show it. It is also a cheap way for Robinson to dump his understanding of quantum mechanics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, genetics and creative writing techniques. The romance seems contrived and shallow. The story is too much like Rite of Passage, by Alexei Panshin. The City and the Stars, p.75, ¶7; p.290, ¶8, is the name of a novel by Arthur C. Clarke. The Ship’s AI taking control is reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke, p.225. “The kindness of strangers” is from Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (p.260, ¶3). “Wherever you go, there we are” is paraphrased from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (p.264, ¶14). “Space elevators” were used in Friday by Robert A. Heinlein (p.361, ¶7). “Thinking outside the box” is still used in 2545. By 2545, humanity still has no better treatment for lymphoma than chemotherapy (p.101, ¶5). Nematode invasion caused reduced growth . . . , p.289, ¶2. Have the Ship designers never heard of marigolds? But the next week, a pair of teenagers broke the lock code . . . , p.294, ¶11. This smacks of Deus ex machina. Robinson overuses the word “etiology.” Poetry throughout the story seems completely irrelevant to the plot. The final chapter seemed almost completely pointless. The material about beaches near the end seems completely irrelevant to the plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And a lot off good ideas about human space exploration.