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, The Martians, and The Years of Rice and Salt, comes The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson. These 22 stories, including the Nebula Award-winning "The Blind Geometer" and World Fantasy Award winner "Black Air", represent the best of Kim Stanley Robinson.
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A nice treat for Kim Stanley Robinson fans
Barely science fiction
This is a book of short stories that are only marginally science fiction and might well impress those who do not like hard science fiction. For example, the first story is a pretty fair man-and-the-sea story which is only science fiction because it is set after the 40 days rains of the 2040's that drowned Venice. Otherwise, it could well be set in the 19th century.
I expected the author's "best" to be science fiction stories, not fiction with one or two paragraphs of sci-fi. Oh, and it would be nice for the plots to actually make some sense.
Not badly written if you don't really care for science fiction or the existence of a worthwhile plot.
- D. Gober