The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson
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The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson

by Kim Stanley Robinson
Release date: August 2010
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, short stories

Adventurers, scientists, artists, workers, and visionaries – these are the men and women you will encounter in the short fiction of Kim Stanley Robinson. In settings ranging from the sunken ruins of Venice to the upper reaches of the Himalayas to the terraformed surface of Mars itself, and through themes of environmental sustainability, social justice, personal responsibility, sports, adventure and fun, Robinson's protagonists explore a world which stands in sharp contrast to many of the traditional locales and mores of science fiction, presenting instead a world in which Utopia rests within our grasp.

From Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning author of the Mars Trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars), the Three Californias Trilogy (The Wild Shore, The Gold Coast, Pacific Edge), the Science in the Capital series (Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, Sixty Days and Counting), The Martians, and The Years of Rice and Salt, comes The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson. These twenty-two stories, including the Nebula Award-winning "The Blind Geometer," and World Fantasy Award winner "Black Air" represent The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson.


  • Venice Drowned
  • Ridge Running
  • Before I Wake
  • Black Air
  • The Lucky Strike
  • A Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions
  • Arthur Sternbach Brings the Curveball to Mars
  • The Blind Geometer
  • Our Town
  • Escape from Kathmandu
  • Remaking History
  • The Translator
  • Glacier
  • The Lunatics
  • Zurich
  • Vinland the Dream
  • "A History of the Twentieth Century, with Illustrations"
  • Muir On Shasta
  • Sexual Dimorphism
  • Discovering Life
  • Prometheus Unbound, At Last
  • The Timpanist of the Berlin Philharmonic, 1942 (original to this collection)
  • Afterword by Kim Stanley Robinson
updated 2010-09-07

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