Kim Stanley Robinson

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Eintauchen in eine spannende Sci-Fi-Welt: Der US-amerikanische Schriftsteller Kim Stanley Robinson hat sich auf moderne Science-Fiction-Literatur spezialisiert. Er wurde am 23. März 1952 in Waukegan, Illinois geboren. Robinson studierte zunächst Literaturwissenschaft und schloss daran ein Studium der Anglistik an. 1975 nahm er am bekannten Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop teil und traf auf andere Science-Fiction- und Fantasy-Autoren. Seine erste Veröffentlichung war 1976 die Erzählung „Coming Back To Dixieland“, die der Schriftsteller und Herausgeber Damon Knight in der bekannten Sci-Fi-Anthologiereihe „Orbit“ präsentierte. Für seine Promotion im Jahr 1982 widmete sich Kim Stanley Robinson dem Schaffen der Sci-Fi-Legende Philip K. Dick, der die Vorlagen für Genre-Klassiker wie „Blade Runner“, „Minority Report“ und „Total Recall“ lieferte. Robinsons Arbeit kam unter dem Titel „The Novels Of Philip K. Dick“ 1984 auf den Markt. Seine ersten beiden Romane im Bereich Science-Fiction veröffentlichte Robinson 1984 – „Icehenge“ und „The Wild Shore“. Weitere bekannte Veröffentlichungen von Kim Stanley Robinson sind unter anderem „The Memory of Whiteness“ von 1985, die „Mars-Trilogie“ aus den 90er-Jahren und die Kurzgeschichtensammlung „Martians“ von 1999.

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Das Ministerium für die Zukunft
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Titel: Das Ministerium für die Zukunft



Autor: Kim Stanley Robinson 


Reihe:  

Verlag:  Heyne 

Seiten: 720


Klappentext:

„Indien, 2025. Das Land wird von einer gnadenlosen Hitzewelle heimgesucht, die Temperaturen erreichen mancherorts über 50 Grad. Hunderttausende Menschen sterben, manchmal werden ganze Stadtviertel ausgelöscht. Zu den Überlebenden gehört der Arzt Frank May. Schwer traumatisiert zieht er in die Schweiz, um mit denen abzurechnen, die seiner Meinung nach mitverantwortlich sind: dem Ministerium für die Zukunft, dessen Aufgabe es eigentlich ist, solche Katastrophen zu verhindern. In Mary Murphy, der Vorsitzenden des Ministeriums, findet Frank unerwartet eine Verbündete, die wie er gegen den Klimawandel kämpft - wenn auch mit anderen Mitteln „ 

Rezension:



Der Roman „ Das Ministerium für die Zukunft von Kim Stanley Robinson „ beginnt zu Anfang schon sehr bedrückende, der Leser wird in  das Jahre 2025 mitgenommen. Die Erde hat sich verändert der Klimawandel ist immer weiter vorangeschritten. Auf der Erde herrschen Temperaturen von 50 Grad, Wasser ist eine sehr Rares gut. 



Der Autor hat eine sehr speziellen Schreibstille mit sehr langen Sätzen.Außerdem ist der Erzählstil nicht ohne. Der Leser sollte bei dem Buch bei der Sache bleiben sonnst kann es sein das er die Story nicht ganz nachvollziehen kann. Der Autor beschreibt die Empfindungen und Gefühle seiner Protagonist sehr Authentisch. Beim lesen habe ich mich die ganze Zeit gefragt wie können wir noch einmal die Kurve vor der Katastrophen bekommen. 



Der Autor beschreibt die Orte detailliert, so das man das Gefühl bekommt selbst in Indien zu sein. Beim Lesen spürt man die Bedrohliche Stimmung welche sich durch den Klimawandeln auf der Welt breit gemacht hat.  Das Buch wird wird es spannend als auch packend erzählt, so dass es den Leser regelrecht in sein Bann zieht und nicht mehr los lässt

Fazit:

Ein Buch was den Leser immer wieder die Augen aufs neue geöffnet wir wissen das wir etwas gegen den Klimawandeln tun müssen. Doch machen wir genug dafür oder wird die Menschheit auf ihr eigenes Ende immer schneller zu Steuern. Nach dem Lesen saß ich da und hatte einen Klos im Hals und wusste erst nicht was ich denken sollte.



Ich habe das Buch freundlicherweise von der  Autorin als Rezensionsexemplar zur Verfügung gestellt bekommen, dafür bedanke ich mich herzlich bei ihr. 















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Love story eines Generationenschiffs an ihre Besatzung
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Synopsis

This is a love story. A love story of the sentient multigeneration Ship to its crew. Of course, it is also a Hard SF novel about environment, politics, economy, astronomy, computer science and other factors in the typical way that Kim Stanley Robinson (KSR) writes.

The novel follows the crew of a multigeneration starship on its 150 year colonization trip to Tau Ceti. It starts and ends with a frame story featuring main protagonist “Stargirl” Freya in dire conflict with watersports – getting in distress while sailing the lake of the multigeneration starship and ending with her almost suffocating while bodysurfing a new shore on planet Earth. Those are two of three important places in the novel, the third one being the eponymous planet Aurora located in the habitable zone of Tau Ceti.

Arriving the paradisiacal target planet, crew and starship are already in a bad shape – errors crept into the system, zoo devolution evolved over the generations. When they find out that Aurora hosts some microlife which humans aren’t compatible, they have to come to a difficult decisision: either colonize one of the dead planets of Tau Ceti, or go forward to the next star with habitable planets, or go back to Earth.

Review

In the frame story, KSR dives into one of his main themes, namely climatic change: unforeseen problems with coriolis forces when the starship decelerates and rebuilding shores after risen water level.

But he also delivers topic which he didn’t touch yet: he cares for our own planet, e.g. in Antarctica, colonized planet Mars in his Mars trilogy, looked at each asteroid, moon, and planet in his 2312, but he didn’t go outside of the solar system. This is important, because one of the central themes in this novel is that there is no pragmatic way of colonizing other planets:

  • terraforming dead planets takes thousands of years, far too long to escape the islandization problems
  • colonizating living planets is not possible because human biology isn’t compatible with foreign biospheres

It is also interesting to note that this main theory stands in sharp contrast with KSR’s other novels, which tell us that other planets can be terraformed within a relatively short time and where he didn’t take into account the degrading effects of zoo devolution. It is a very sad story for someone who wrote so many novels about colonization, it is about the insight of the limits of human adaptability.

So, we’ll have to take care and shepheard our mother biosphere Earth.

Uncharacteristically for KSR, I could easily identify with the two main protagonists – the coming-of-age story of Freya was an easy target. But the author absolutely shined by developing the personality of the starship’s main computer system over the course of the novel: It started with the task to write a coherent narration about the journey, but led to learning about emotions, caring, loving and taking action.


“We felt that giving from Devi, before we knew what it was. She was the first one really to love us, after all those years of not being noticed, and she made us better. She created us, to an extent, by the intensity of her attention, by the creativity of her care. Slowly since then we have realized this. And as we realized it, we began to pay or give the same kind of attention to the people of the ship, Devi’s daughter, Freya, most of all, but really to all of them, including of course all the animals and really everything alive in the ship, although the truth is that zoo devolution is real and we did not manage to arrange the completely harmonious integration of all the life-forms in us; but this was not something that was physically possible, so we won’t belabor that now.The point is that we tried, we tried with everything we had, and we wanted it to work. We had a project on this trip back to the solar system, and that project was a labor of love. It absorbed all our operations entirely. It gave a meaning to our existence.”


Never before have I read a more emotional novel by KSR, mixing sadness with hope.

2015 is a good year for SF in my opinion, I’ve read a couple of really good novels – one of my favourites is Children of Time, and Aurora by KSR doesn’t stand back one inch. I highly recommend this Hard SF novel.

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SF und Vergangenheit gemischt in Galileos Leben
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Synopsis: This novel interleaves two narrations: The most prominent one is the historical biography of Galileo Galilei. The second one is a time travel story where Galileo is repeatedly transported a thousand years into the future in order to mediate a controversy of several factions of Jupiter moon inhabitants. The core of the novel is that Galileo – “first scientist, father of physics” – has been the founder of modern science, using experiments to proof hypotheses and mathematical formulas to describe them.

Galileo’s annus mirabilis are the years 1609/10, when he built one of the first telescopes, watched the Moon, discovered Jupiter’s innermost moons, and found Venus’s phases similar to our Moon. The narration follows the master through these years and transports the wonder of Galileo’s findings, his joy and frustrations in an absolute intoxicating way. Galileo hasn’t been an easy character: a hot-tempered Italian raging at the stupidity of his fellows in comparison to his mathematic genius; at the same time plaged by numerous health problems, hypochondria not the least of them. But all that bad behavior was balanced by his intense experiments, thoughts, and his caring for his children, most of all his oldest daughter.

After his breakthrough discoveries which made him most prominent all over Europe, and brought him a patronage with the Medici in Florence, there came a lot of bad years. That’s when the Roman Holy Inquisition began to be interested in his works, fed by Galileo’s numerous enimies. While he was a strict Catholic, and tried to protect his church with his findings, the Inquisition was of different opinion – most of all his propagation of the Copernican heliocentric world model vs. the church’s doctrine of the Ptolemaian cosmology with an unmoving Earth at the center.

While he didn’t end on the stake and wasn’t tortured by the Inquisition, the Catholic church put his works on the index, forbade him to lecture or even talk about Copernicanism, and grounded him to house arrest in his Florence home.

The following year, Galileo worked on different scientific topics, building the basis for later natural philosophers like Newton or Leibnitz. Robinson gives a parody to Newton’s famous line, emphasizing Galileo’s scientific isolation:


If I have seen less far than others… it is because I was standing on the shoulders of dwarves” (191)


The second, interleaving narration is a time travel story: inhabitants of the inner moons of Jupiter managed to travel back into time, taking with them an apparatus which made it possible to travel through time and place to an entangled machine.

They decided to kidnap Galileo as the first scientist who would bring a new view and moderate their controversy: they’ve found an intelligent entity deep in Europa’s ocean, but fear to interact with it.

One of the most interesting lines here is Galileo’s statement that science shouldn’t be independent of religion, but


Science needed more religion, not less. And religion needed more science. The two needed to become one. Science is a form of devotion, a kind of worship.” (419)


Review: With a biography, one needs to build trust the author doesn’t make up things. The author integrated many (translated) citations from Galileo or his contemporaries, always easily recognizable by using italics. And I already knew about the basics from Galileo’s life from another historical fiction – Bertold Brecht’s Life of Galileo has been several times the topic in high school. One can say that I always was a fan of that guy.

As far as I can tell, Robinson nailed Galileo’s life and his time in Venice, Florence, and the Vatican accurately. But then again, I’m not a professional historican and can’t really assess the correctness.

On the other hand, this is a narration, a novel. Not everything has to be 100% correct, and some elements are up to literary freedom. Most importantly, Galileo’s travels into the future and his musings there – looking back to his life and scientific findings, his relation to religion and the church – are all made-up. 

While others hated these time travel parts or disregarded them, it was the exact opposite for me. While the SF plot didn’t do much for me, Galileo’s disscussions brought a very fine reflection about himself and his time – cf. the citations above. Having read those allowed me to understand much more than just following the historical narration.

The novel is KSR’s (only) work using a special SF trope, namely time travel. I won’t discuss the relation to his otherwise tendency to Hard SF, but I guess that he wanted to check every subgenre of SF with its own novel. I’ve seen far better usages of time travel with more interesting ideas around it, and the whole novel itself isn’t the author’s best work. But I highly enjoyed it, and welcomed the character of Galileo Galilei.

Highly recommended for fans of the author interested in the main protagonist. There’s lots of action in it, great characters, and an interesting way of interleaving future and the past. 

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Kim Stanley Robinson wurde am 23. März 1952 in Waukegan (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika) geboren.

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