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, and The Years of Rice and Salt and Galileo's Dream, 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 some of the most critically acclaimed and important science fiction of the last thirty years.
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About the Author
Bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson is widely recognized as one of the foremost living writers of science fiction. His work has been described as "humanist science fiction" and "literary science fiction". The winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards, he is the author of more than 20 books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars) as well as Forty Signs of Rain, 2312, Aurora, Fifty Degrees Below, and Shaman.
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
The Lunatics 257
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A very good best-of selection. One of the things that stands out in this selection of KSR's best short fiction is how he has returned to the same themes and character types throughout his career, finding different ways to address them. This collection would serve as an excellent introduction to this fine author.
Imaginative and well written stories to wile away a few hours.