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Aurora

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Aurora

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A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, Aurora tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system.

Our voyage from Earth began generations ago. Now we approach our destination—a new home: Aurora.

Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, Aurora is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.

A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, Aurora tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system.

Our voyage from Earth began generations ago. Now we approach our destination—a new home: Aurora.

Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, Aurora is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.

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  • Kim Stanley Robinson is noted for the verisimilitude of his characters and for the meticulously researched hard-science basis of his work. His works contain ecological themes and emphasize the strong link between the human characters and the natural world. He has won both the Nebula and Hugo awards.

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    Starred review from March 30, 2015
    This ambitious hard SF epic shows Robinson (Shaman) at the top of his game. Freya and her parents live aboard a starship that has traveled for generations and will soon reach Tau Ceti, a star about 12 light years from Earth’s solar system. Freya’s mother, Devi, is the de facto chief engineer, struggling to keep the ship’s environment balanced until they reach a new world and, they hope, survive on it. But ecologies are delicate, resources are limited, and the laws of physics are immutable. Over the course of Freya’s life, her community faces genuinely surprising struggles for survival, leading Freya to wonder whether it is too late to reconsider a question initially decided millions of miles away and centuries ago: should this ship have been launched in the first place? As always, Robinson is at his best when dealing with large populations, scientific questions, and logistics, and the very human characters are more than afterthoughts. Even an occasional lapse into preaching about the philosophical problems with space exploration can’t mar this poignant story, which admirably stretches the limits of human imagination.

  • AudioFile Magazine The year is 2545 AD, and 2,122 human beings are in their sixth generation traveling aboard a starship that is destined to deliver the first people from Earth to colonize the moon of a planet of a distant star. Ali Ahn narrates the many dense and fascinating passages with the clipped and dispassionate tone of a computer--a style that makes complete sense since the story's main character is "The Ship's" computer, which chronicles the centuries that it takes the vehicle to travel through space. Robinson has a reputation for putting hard science in science fiction, and Ahn does an admirable job clearly delivering the details--from balancing the Earth-like biomes in deep space to meeting the psychological needs of the crew. Sci-fi at its best. B.P. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
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