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Awards Season: 2312 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimon   
Saturday, 18 May 2013 12:22

With 2312 presently one year old and Shaman fast approaching, there have been plenty of Science Fiction & Fantasy awards nominations! In detail:

  • James Tiptree Jr Award 2012

An award for SF&F "that expands or explores our understanding of gender"... particularly topical for 2312! 2312 had been nominated for:

1) It joyfully imagines a post-binary-gender world in which parents elect to have their children treated, while in the womb, to ensure that they will grow up with a mix of gender characteristics. And it provides a social and economic justification for them doing this.
2) Variations on gender/sexuality are not a main component of the plot exactly but the idea of gender play is fully part of the cultures...not a winner I would think but worthy of a mention perhaps...seems to be an example that fits the intent of the Award: authors that go beyond the present for gender/sexuality.

However, it lost to Caitlin R. Kiernan's The Drowning Girl and Kiini Ibura Salaam's Ancient, Ancient. 2312 is still in the Honor List.

Robinson had been previously nominated for Red Mars (1992) and his short story "Sexual Dimorphism" (in The Martians; 1999).

  • British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel 2012

Where it lost to Adam Roberts' Jack Glass.

Robinson had been previously nominated for The Gold Coast (1989), Green Mars (1993), Blue Mars (1996), The Years Of Rice And Salt (2002) and Forty Signs Of Rain (2004) and had won for Red Mars (1992).

  • Arthur C. Clarke Award 2013

Where it lost to Chris Beckett's Dark Eden.

Robinson had been previously nominated for The Memory Of Whiteness (1987), Red Mars (1993), Blue Mars (1997), The Years Of Rice And Salt (2003) and Galileo's Dream (2010).

  • Nebula Award for Best Novel 2012

Which is announced on May 18 (today!) in the Nebula Awards Weekend May 16-19 in San Jose, California, where Gene Wolfe will also receive the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

Robinson had been previously nominated for The Wild Shore (1984) and Green Mars (1994) and had won for Red Mars (1993).

  • Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2013

Which will be announced by Connie Willis in the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, Washington, June 28-30.

Robinson had been previously nominated for The Gold Coast (1989), Red Mars (1993), Antarctica (1998), Forty Signs Of Rain (2005), Fifty Degrees Below (2006) and Galileo's Dream (2010) and had won for Green Mars (1994), Blue Mars (1997) and The Years Of Rice And Salt (2003).

  • John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2013

Which will be announced June 14 at the Campbell Conference in Lawrence, Kansas.

Robinson had been previously nominated for The Gold Coast (1989), Blue Mars (1997) and Galileo's Dream (2010) and had won for Pacific Edge (1991).

  • Hugo Award for Best Novel 2013

Which will be announced in the World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio, Texas (Aug-29 to Sep-02). Interestingly, last time Robinson had won, for Blue Mars in 1997, it was also in San Antonio!

Robinson had been previously nominated for Red Mars (1993) and The Years Of Rice And Salt (2003) and had won for Green Mars (1994) and Blue Mars (1997).

So we the jury is still out on most of the awards, but 2312 already holds a particular kind of record: it is one of the few (the only one?) to have been nominated for all of the major SF&F awards! (The only exception could be the Philip K Dick award, for which The Wild Shore had been nominated, but as this one is dedicated to books originally published in paperback form, 2312 is not eligible.)

Meanwhile, here are some more 2312 reviews:

SHAMAN cover + KSR appearances PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimon   
Monday, 18 March 2013 19:13

The SHAMAN cover has been unveiled by Orbit Books! Artwork by Michał Karcz. (Click for higher quality)

Coming in September 2013...

Here's a round-up of Kim Stanley Robinson's upcoming appearances over April-May in fairs, panels and parties:

Check out the calendar on the left for updates!

Hear an excerpt the audiobook for 2312 here and read another review here.

Configurations & Convergences PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimon   
Saturday, 02 March 2013 14:43

An entire double-issue of the Configurations journal (Volume 20, Number 1-2, Winter-Spring 2012) that just came out is dedicated to Kim Stanley Robinson's work, and comes to enrich the collection of academic essays and analyses on KSR with not just the "usual" focus on the Mars trilogy, but on Science in the Capital and Galileo's Dream as well! Here is the awesome list of articles:

  • Introduction (Lisa Yaszek, Doug Davis)
  • “How to go forward”: Catastrophe and Comedy in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Science in the Capital Trilogy (Robert Markley)
  • Archaeologies of the “Amodern”: Science and Society in Galileo’s Dream (Sherryl Vint)
  • Greener on the Other Side: Science Fiction and the Problem of Green Nanotechnology (Colin Milburn)
  • Making Huckleberries: Reforming Science and Whiteness in Science in the Capital (De Witt Douglas Kilgore)
  • Reading and Revolution on the Horizon of Myth and History: Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy (Kenneth Knoespel)
  • Notes on Extinction and Existence (Eugene Thacker)
  • Possible Mountains and Rivers: The Zen Realism of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Three Californias (Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr.)
  • “Science’s Consciousness”: An Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson (Doug Davis, Lisa Yaszek)
  • Kim Stanley Robinson Maps the Unimaginable: Critical Essays by William J. Burling (review) (Jason W. Ellis)
  • 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (review) (Kathleen Ann Goonan)

After the recent BASFA nomination, 2312 was just nominated for the 2013 Nebula Award for best novel! Though I have to say, it might be an SF and Fantasy award, but looking at the rest of the nominees I don't see much SF...

In December, Stan was invited in the Humanity+ conference in San Francisco. His talk, on science as a utopian project and essentially arguing against the technological "high" or the obsession with technology for technology's sake, came out on Youtube.

Some more 2312 reviews here and here.

2312 translations are coming! It will be released in German (Randomhouse/Heyne, paperback) on 11 March 2013. It's set to be released in June 2013 in Spanish (Minotauro). No news from the French, who are usually the first. AST (Russia) and Fabryka Slow (Poland) have optioned the rights but no date has yet been announced.

Stan wrote an article for Arc, a digital quarterly from the makers of New Scientist. In issue 1.4, "Forever alone drone", "Unreliable Narrator" column, Stan's feature is "Shedding skins". Klaus Tiedge illustrates (photo on the right). A short excerpt:

Back in the 1970s, when I like many other hippies began to backpack in the Sierra Nevada of California (the greatest backpacking mountains on Earth, but that’s a topic for a different essay), backpacks often weighed fifty pounds, and when I took mine off at the end of a day’s walk and flexed my shoulders, it sometimes felt like I was going to float off into the sky.

So all along there were people thinking things could be different – in a word, lighter. And as the years have passed, my aging cohort has gotten too brittle to carry the old weights happily, while at the same time younger hikers have been attempting continent-crossing feats that have transformed backpacking from a hippie ramble into a postmodern extreme sport. These long-distance hikers often walk more than a marathon every day for months on end, and for them every ounce matters. So a new design ethos has sprung into being to serve this need. The important thing to note here is that it came about as a result of a shift in people’s desires and in their thinking about what matters, not from a change in materials, or from some kind of inherent technological progress operating on its own. The raw materials have gotten a little stronger and lighter, but not much; they are still mostly nylon and down and various light metals. And really there’s no such thing as inherent technological progress. It’s our philosophies that change, and then we act on them. This is what makes the ultralite movement suggestive when we go on to think about the rest of our lives. Because we always carry our houses, one way or another.

Kim Stanley Robinson will be appearing at the University of Arizona on April 5, on Convergences and the technological sublime.

Noted science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson will be the capstone for the Convergences themed-year program.  Convergences has focused on The Technological Sublime 2.0 and has been facilitated by Christopher Cokinos.  Robinson will read on Friday, April 5, at the Poetry Center.  Time is likely going to be 7 p.m. but stay tuned for more details. The author of such notable works as the Mars trilogy, The Years of Rice and Salt, The Wild Shore: Three Californias and, most recently, 2312, Robinson is an internationally known writer who brings an incisive mind and literary style to his science fiction.  Kim Stanley Robinson is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards and holds a Phd in English from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied with Frederic Jameson and wrote about the novels of Philip K. Dick.

See the calendar (left) for more details.

That's all for now!

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 March 2013 19:03
2013: The Year after 2312, the Year of Shaman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimon   
Monday, 04 February 2013 20:39

"SHAMAN", or rather "Shaman: A novel of the Ice Age", has a synopsis:

An award-winning and bestselling SF writer, Kim Stanley Robinson is widely acknowledged as one of the most exciting and visionary writers in the field. His latest novel, 2312, imagined how we would be living 300 years from now. Now, with his new novel, he turns from our future to our past - to the paleolithic era, and an extraordinary moment in humanity's development. An emotionally powerful and richly detailed portrayal of life 20,000 years ago, it is a novel that will appeal both to his existing fans and a whole new mainstream readership.

From a short interview in the Sacramento Bee, Stan said:

I'm finishing a novel set in the ice age, about the people who made the paintings in the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave in southern France, about 32,000 years ago. I do a lot of snow camping in the Sierra, and I put my snow knowledge into it and tried to explain how we became who we are now. It's only science and archaeology that allow us to write historical fiction with any accuracy. So it's kind of science fiction in a way.

Shaman will be released (in hardcover) on September 3, 2013! (at least in the UK)
2312 will be released in paperback on June 25, 2013!

Kim Stanley Robinson's latest novel, 2312, has been nominated for the year's British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel! We wish it the best.

2312 continues to collect some excellent reviews as time goes by and more people absorb the tons of layers and issues it tackles.

Robinson confronts the stark divide between those who enjoy the privilege of becoming utterly free and those who don't—caught in the meshes of history that won't allow everyone to go their own way. Swan, during a visit on Earth, rails at the people in a bar in Ottawa, "We're on Earth! You have no idea what a privilege that is. You fucking moles! You're home! You can take all the spacer habitats together and they'd still be nothing compared to this world! This is home" (p. 418). Swan actually uses the word "privilege," which by this point in the novel can only strike readers as painfully ironic. The privileged mostly don't live on Earth, but in space habitats. Earth represents misery and squalor and social and ecological devastation that can't be escaped. Swan doesn't understand this difference except in the most abstract terms.

  • A review by Harry Tortilla that attempts to critically assess why the "utopia" described in 2312 is unrealistic, but in my opinion seems to be missing the point.
  • An article on the legal ramifications of space transport using 2312 as a basis.
  • Short reviews by Sci-Fi Stuff, Muse's Books, Hooloovoo

Stan was interviewed for the British Interplanetary Society's e-magazine, Odyssey (Issue 24). Odyssey is available via subscription to the BIS. Still, here's a short bit to hook you:

Which character from the Mars trilogy do you most resemble?
If any, which I doubt, it would surely be one of the more boring secondary characters, like Art. There isn’t anyone in that story based on someone like me, which is something I’ve done in some other books of mine. I’m sure the Mars books are better off because of that.

In a series on Creating the Future, Mendelspod features a great interview with Stan, by Theral Timpson, who also wrote an article to accompany the interview, available in both video and audio, conducted in Stan's home in Davis, CA. Pictured above: Stan at his writing table at his home. What he holds is probably the Acheulian axe from Fifty Degrees Below... and I suppose from Shaman too!

I haven’t read or met many sci-fi writers with whom to compare Robinson, but he, and his writing, strike me as very grounded. [...] He was eager to show us his writing station located outside his front door, where he writes, rain or shine, warm or cold.

This very interesting interview covers: "How do you choose date and time? ; We live in a science fiction world ; Who's creating the future, the scientists and engineers, or the sci-fi writers? ; The philosophical battle between science and capitalism ; How does one go about creating the future on paper? ; Is science becoming too much like a religion? ; Fiction is the steady instrument, science is what evolves ; On which planet or astroid or community from your novels would you most want to live?" and a reading from 2312.

Coming in 2013 A.D.: SHAMAN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimon   
Friday, 21 December 2012 13:27

The title of Kim Stanley Robinson's next novel will be "SHAMAN"!

It will be published towards Autumn 2013.

It will, in part, take place in the landmark pictured below -- although the temperature of the site will be sensibly different.

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