Aurora

  • by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by Ali Ahn
  • 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, Aurora tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.
Our voyage from Earth began generations ago.
Now we approach our new home.
Aurora.

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The non-halting halting problem

This book tells the story of the first generation ship heading to establish human life in the Tau Ceti star system. The story of the long journey and the things that happen to the society on the ship and the evolution of the ship itself is compelling and enjoyable.

I did not rate the book higher for two reasons though. First, the frequent references to a handful of scientific and philosophical concepts starts to grate after a while. I heard phrases like “the halting problem” and “Zeno’s paradox” way too many times. Perhaps this was an effort to indicate the big-brainedness of the AI’s evolving thought patterns. If so, though, I got the point the first few times.

Second, the ending was too “literary” for my tastes. What was its point? What was I supposed to take away from that final scene? Hey, author! Please be less subtle next time and throw dummies like me a bone!
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- Nothing really matters

Utterly Disappointing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This was a huge let-down of a book from one of my favorite authors. It is bleak, nihilistic, miserablism, an ode to the idea that humanity should Just Stay Home. It's like the optimistic, visionary authour of "The Memory of Whiteness" and "2312" was replaced by a boderline AI made up of bits of the old KSR melded with the ghost of Michael Crichton. My sincere hope is that this book is an aberration, and that KSR's next will be another masterpiece like "The Years of Rice and Salt", or at least a bit of intriguing entertainment like "Shaman".


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- N. Condon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio