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Author: Kim Stanley Robinson Narrator: Sarah Zimmerman Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781611135718
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From the acclaimed author of New York 2140 and Red Mars, this NYT bestselling novel tells the story of a future where humanity has populated miraculous new habitats engineered across the solar system--and the one death that triggers a precarious chain of events that could destroy it all.

Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future.

The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • 2312 is a monumental tour de force that reimagines the solar system in ways no one has envisioned before. Whether comparing the compositions of Beethoven to those of skylarks and warblers, or describing a life-threatening 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. This is the finest novel yet from the author who gave us the Mars Trilogy and Galileo’s Dream. An amazing accomplishment.”

    Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Truly affecting…Perhaps Robinson’s finest novel, 2312 is a treasured gift to fans of passionate storytelling.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Very few writers can at length sustain both the nothingness where characters, where lives, happen and also the tech and thrill where adventure occurs…[Robinson’s] new novel, 2312, is his boldest trip into all of the marvelous SF genres—ethnography, future shock, screed against capitalism, road to earth—and all of the ways to thrill and be thrilled.”


  • “Robinson delivers a challenging, compelling masterpiece of science fiction…Robinson’s extraordinary completeness of vision results in a magnificently realized, meticulously detailed future in which social and biological changes keep pace with technological developments.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The award-winning Robinson delivers a feast for advanced technology fans and future history aficionados with this intriguing portrait of a solar system economy based on the mining of the asteroid belt. Despite their genetically engineered adaptions to their galactic colonies, his well-drawn characters resonate with traits that emphasize their humanity.”

    Library Journal

  • A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • A 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee
  • Winner of the 2012 Nebula Award for Best Novel
  • Finalist for the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • Finalist for the 2013 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasonpeace | 2/17/2014

    " This was an ok read. Its pacing was kinda odd. I sorta felt the book was over and done befor I expected. Its sorta obvious now that this was more a book about Swan and Wharam then one about qubes going awry. I think I was paying more attention to te background threads of the story then the main one. Ergo, the surprise at the story suddenly being over. I would have like to have seen a lot more about the qubes passing the turing tests and the implications of them being in human form. Again, that wasnt what this story was about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikki | 2/15/2014

    " A lot to slog through just to get to the point. The main idea of the book has potential, but the storyline is so drawn out and not always obviously connected. I think the main characters are not developed to their fullest potential. This could have been written in a lot less pages. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nzfauna | 1/28/2014

    " I struggled through 40 pages of this book, then had to give it up because it was so tedious. Boring, annoying, over-descriptive, predictable, and redundant writing. Stupid chapter structure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 1/27/2014

    " Dense and lengthy, like a good KSR book should be. More character driven than tech driven, but still enough fun scifi stuff. Twists keep the plot moving at a stately but constant pace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie | 1/20/2014

    " Really weird - really liked it. Strong, interesting main characters that I didn't get tired with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanjential | 1/20/2014

    " The flow of the book was slightly difficult to understand at first, but the story was quite entertaining. Didn't quite feel finished at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ronnie | 1/7/2014

    " Interesting concept of the future, beware handy to have a dictionary when reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 12/15/2013

    " An amazingly visual book. Felt like it was written to be turned into a movie. The story is average and slightly too long but the concept and setting are beautiful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mello | 11/21/2013

    " This was one of the worst books I've read. I was thinking there would be more to the book considering the overview that was written for it. I'm out $10 since this was an eBook D: "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gary | 10/1/2013

    " This is really 2.5 starts. There were a lot of great ideas but I think it just didn't get executed that well. It's too long and too much stuff. Every so often it has these news headlines or something that get cut off and it just throws you off from the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 6/26/2013

    " Evocative imagery of other worlds terraformed by humans. Fascinating characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/20/2013

    " Loved the worldbuilding and speculative science. Plot and characters a bit weak, especially the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ulmer | 12/18/2012

    " Book is slow to get through, but has a lot to think about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Quinn | 10/30/2012

    " Sorry, I can't get past all the made-up words in this Sci-Fi book. I didn't finish this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Derick | 6/12/2012

    " A Space epic with no ending worth mentioning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 5/23/2012

    " An interesting who done it in Robinson's post Mars series. "

About the Author

Kim Stanley Robinson is a bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. 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. In 2008, he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. For his book Antarctica, he was sent to the Antarctic by the US National Science Foundation as part of their Antarctic Artists and Writers’ Program.

About the Narrator

Sarah Zimmerman is an actress and Audie Award–nominated narrator. She has performed on Broadway, in regional theaters across America, and in numerous guest-starring TV roles. She is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and the Old Globe/USD.