The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson

  • by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by David Marantz
  • 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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

Each one of these little stories has some theme or reverberation from one of KSR's longer works, and like those longer works, contain a lot of food for thought and a depth that means you can listen again and again and find something different each time.

I bought this just for the "Escape from Kathmandu" portion, and it is wonderful to hear it read by such a skillful narrator. The full book of four stories is KSR's funniest work, and ought to be an Audible book all on its own. However, all the stories are such little gems, and read with such feeling for the work that now I can't decide which one I like the best.

This narrator is my favorite of those KSR books I have listened to so far. I wish that Audible would get him to re-do the Climate in the Capital series, which is such a timely work, and would be well worth doing with a narrator who does justice to the emotional feel and depth of the work.
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- Angela

Barely science fiction

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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.

What could Kim Stanley Robinson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

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.

What about David Marantz’s performance did you like?

Good narration.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not badly written if you don't really care for science fiction or the existence of a worthwhile plot.

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- D. Gober "Gober"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios