Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Years of Rice and Salt – Kim Stanley Robinson (2002)

In 2002, Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Years of Rice and Salt lost the Hugo award to Robert Sawyer’s Hominids, a book I won’t be reading due to its graphic and gratuitous depiction of rape. Instead, I chose to read this alternate history, … Continue reading

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Rendezvous with Rama – Arthur C. Clarke (1973)

Buried inside this terse read of a novel are the little nuggets of grand speculation that helped Rendezvous with Rama win both the Hugo and the Nebula in its year. This novel is a first contact story without any real first … Continue reading

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A Time of Changes – Robert Silverberg (1971)

The preface to my 2009 edition of this Nebula winning classic does my work for me in historicizing this novel. Silverberg writes that A Time of Changes came about as a response to America’s transition from the straight-laced conformity of the … Continue reading

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