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Kim Stanley Robinson
Galen Rowell/
Mountain Light
Bantam Spectra (reprint, paperback, 653 pages, $6.99/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: July 13, 1999 (First Edition: July 1998)

Kim Stanley Robinson's upcoming novel is called The Martians, and it's due in September. Until then, you'll have to be content with this reprint of his near-future eco-thriller, a New York Times Notable Book for 1998. "From the bestselling author of the Mars Trilogy comes a spectacular new novel of the near future. Beneath its ice and frozen wastes, Antarctica contains great riches of mineral wealth. Antarctica tells the story of the greedy conflict of nations and political extremists who battle for control of the planet's final frontier. In the near-future, when the bulk of Earth's resources are consumed, the harsh landscape of Antarctica will hold the only salvation. As various individuals vie to make a living there, their struggles are echoed on a global scale as corporate giants fight for control of Earth's future."
Review by Jean-Louis Trudel
[Cover] Icehenge
Orb (reprint, trade paperback, 287 pages, $13.95 US/$19.95 Canada)
Publication date: July 12, 1998

There's no shortage of exciting new fiction this month... so why is the book I've been most anxiously awaiting this reprint of a hard-to-find (believe me, I've tried) Robinson volume from 1984? It's piqued my curiosity ever since I spotted it near the top of Rodger's Kim Stanley Robinson Reading List, 'way back in our October issue. Maybe I'm just a sucker for cosmic-mystery science fiction... In the 23rd century on Pluto, Icehenge stands at the north pole of the planet. It is a study in ice frozen harder than stone, harder than steel. Each slab towers 200 feet above the crater-pocked surface. The one in the center bears an inscription in Sanskrit. The first mission to Pluto found it there, waiting for them. Is it a starlit message from an alien race? Or does it mark a human mystery? For there was one ship that might have passed this way, forgotten decades ago. The novel incorporates two short stories, "To Leave a Mark" and "On the North Pole of Pluto".
Future Primitive: The New Ectopias
A fine anthology of recent Utopian/Ectopian SF stories, collected by the author of the extremely respected Mars trilogy, inspired by Ernst Callenbach's classic novel Ecotopia.
Feature Review
Blue Mars
Bantam Spectra
Third and final novel in one of the most acclaimed SF trilogies of the decade. Through generations of terraforming Mars has become a habitable haven... while Earth moves closer to catastrophes brought on by overpopulation and ecological disaster. Mars is eyed as a refuge by millions, and the consequence may be the first interplanetary conflict in humanity's history. To complicate matters political strife between the Reds, who wish to preserve as much as Mars as possible, and the Green terraformers threatens to unhinge the entire situation. Highly recommended.
Green Mars
Bantam Spectra
It's the sequel to Red Mars and winner 1994 Hugo Award Best Novel.
[Cover] The Memory of Whiteness
One of Robinson's more enigmatic titles, this book won't answer many questions, rather it causes the reader to ask a whole basketful.
[Cover] A Short, Sharp Shock
Bantam Spectra
Paperback reprint of the beautiful Ziesing hard cover edition, Stan's material is coming back into print with his grand successes of Red Mars (a Nebula), Green Mars (a Hugo) and the forthcoming Blue Mars. (He said I could call him Stan when he signed his first autograph back in 1984.)


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