Select from a variety of genres including romance, mystery or teen vampire. Many of your books, 2312 included, are known for describing realistic, possible, and complex worlds. This is a wonderfully imagined future, part love story. Its also a lengthy, oddly whimsical book in its structure that trades plotting or character development for a thorough examination of setting, to mixed effect. This book was no way up to par in story or fresh ideas for science fiction. With kim stanley robinsons latest novel, 2312, i had to stop myself doing this, or i would. Its an award winning, inventive and enjoyable book, and the plot is ripped right out of the jungle book gaiman has more or less said so himself. This was a great story that spanned the whole solar system, with some really. Mercury is inhabited by one city that travels on rails, staying always on the dark side of the planet.
If your primary interest in scifi is the ideas about what our future looks like, and you dont care all that much about the story itself, then definitely read 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateway. Most of the planets in the solar system are terraformed or semiterraformed. This is stupid i wanted plot twist for my book i aint using some sort of plot twist from a movie all my fellow dweeb readers wont like that. The setting of 2312 frees him to go wild with mega construction projects, and he takes full advantage. He was not ready to go right out there with the hard scifi. Jun 18, 2019 the majority of this book takes place in and around the year 2312. News corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.
Most of the text in the initial threequarters of the book does little to advance the plot. This is not, though, in the end a book about its own plot or its quirky characters. It has 100 more young adult writing prompts in addition to the ones on this list, plus hundreds of other master plots by genre, dialogue and character prompts, and much more. The novel is set in the year 2312, in the great city of terminator on mercury, which is built on gigantic tracks in order to constantly stay in the planets habitable zone near the terminator. Kim stanley robinson sees humans colonizing the solar. Even though its difficult, its not impossible, and if you want to write a story ive got some tricks to help you generate blockbuster high concept plot ideas. Over the weekend, robinsons latest novel, 2312, was nominated for a. When, for long stretches, nothing happens, 2312 is a mediocre novel. Luckily, overresearched hard scifi is one of my favorite genres. His last book, galileos dream, had speculative elements resonant with the current novel, but fully half that book occurred in the seventeenth. No major spoilers, but contains overall plot descriptions 2312 by kim stanley robinson it is only a small exaggeration to say that popular taste runs to books of action and pace. Heres some ideas for stories id like to write at some point.
I give the author props for the descriptions of our galaxy, i just am not sure reading a book of fiction is suppose to be so dry. Many novices launch in, compelled to write by an idea, a situation, a character or a world. Nov 30, 2009 the graveyard book by neil gaiman is another great example. With his new scifi novel 2312, kim stanley robinson delves 300. The book bristles with topics and ideas, and at all turns swans patient, persistent confusion reflects the readers state of wonder, as when three very strange, possibly artificial young women accept her invitation to go swimming the better for swans scientific curiosity to observe them naked, of course. There are a lot of really interesting ideas, though. Swan er hong, an artist and former asteroid terrarium designer, is grieving over the sudden death of her stepgrandmother, alex.
But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. Asteroids have been repurposed as longhaul shuttles, selfcontained habitats that people live on for years or months till they reach their destination. A tale set in a technologically sophisticated solar system three hundred years in the future follows the experiences of former world designer swan, who in the wake of an unexpected death is led into a plot to destroy everything she has helped to create. Tzer island book blog 2312 by kim stanley robinson. Do you object to having the twilight books on this list because of they deal with a vampirehuman love story, or because the author is a mormon. Find books like 2312 from the worlds largest community of readers. You can use prompts below to help you harness your own life and background to come up with story ideas that are easy to develop. A novel of ideas that also sets out to be tremendous fun.
The novel is set in the year 2312, in the great city of terminator on mercury, which is built on gigantic tracks. Eventually both the plot and the relationship between swan and wahram come to fruition, but. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force. Classic thrillers always have plot ideas that can be described in a single sentence, and most of them have a great plot idea. In 300 years, kim stanley robinsons science fiction may. Kim stanley robinsons new york 2140 is a glorious thought.
Parts of the book inspire the same sense of awe as the hoover dam or the great wall of china, transplanted into space and backed with neat scientific ideas to ponder. Whether comparing the compositions of beethoven to those of skylarks and warblers, or describing a lifethreatening sunrise on mercury, robinson fills 2312 with joy and exuberance, danger and fear, and the steadily mounting suspense of a mystery that spans the planets. Forty signs of rain was the first novel in kim stanley robinsons science in the capital trilogy robinson. I am a fan of hard scifi i have been for many a year and kim stanley robinson, in this book, treats the genre well.
It has the tenacious, encyclopedic detail that robinson is known for, the big ideas of a modern climate fiction novel and the twists and turns of a heist movie. 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. To ask other readers questions about 2312, please sign up. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. I did write those books to try to point out a danger and what we could do about it now. Once a designer of worlds, now swan will be led into a plot to destroy them. See more ideas about writing inspiration, writing prompts and writing a book. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading 2312.
It is set in the year 2312 when society has spread out across the solar system. Humans have terraformed and colonised every inhabitable planet and moon. Kim stanley robinson sees humans colonizing the solar system in. May 22, 2012 2312 feels like kim stanley robinson trying to throw his arms around the solar system, bringing the intimately personal sphere into the systemwide one, and vice versa. In this future, while humanity has spread out across the solar system, it is still spiritually beholden to an earth wracked by the effects of climate change, overpopulation, and massive social inequality. In 300 years, kim stanley robinsons science fiction may not be. Discovering blockbuster plot ideas graeme shimmin, spy. Some stories may not be salvageable, but many can be rescued with a little innovative thinking and a few fresh fiction writing ideas. One of the easiest ways to write a terrific story is to write about what you know.
One of the ways that you add detail in 2312 is by separating chapters of plot. I enjoyed the book, the oddness and the characters. An engaging but often bewildering love story set in a time when much of humanity has escaped an overheated earth, writes m john harrison. Jan 18, 20 2312 by kim stanley robinson, is a great book, as long as youre into a specific kind of science fiction. It goes back to the roots of the scifi genre and puts at its centre. If your primary interest in scifi is exciting stories, then definitely skip it and dont look back. Answer a few quick questions and this website will automatically write a story or blurb for you using your keywords. Todays writing ideas will help you enhance stories that are suffering from a variety of maladies ranging from boring plots to unrealistic characters. The novel is set in the year 2312, in the great city of terminator on mercury, which is built on gigantic tracks in. Im about to begin my fourth novel in a crime series and have been wracking my brain trying to come up with a plot. Kim stanley robinsons 2312, a scifi novel so brilliant, it reads like an. How to steal a plot for your book and get away with it. May 21, 2012 when the plot moves along when things happen 2312 is an imaginative and entertaining novel. Scholastic s story starters kids writing activity generates creative writing prompts, from general fiction to adventure, fantasy, and science fiction.1083 1490 553 397 522 1497 415 203 612 1561 785 1274 1146 1288 507 972 519 1216 169 844 1288 1560 1365 1102 1541 1511 217 1265 28 929 1408 1490 1426 1120 313