The Years of Rice and Salt: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 3, 2003 - Fiction - 784 pages
With the same unique vision that brought his now classic Mars trilogy to vivid life, bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson boldly imagines an alternate history of the last seven hundred years. In his grandest work yet, the acclaimed storyteller constructs a world vastly different from the one we know. . . .

“A thoughtful, magisterial alternate history from one of science fiction’s most important writers.”—The New York Times Book Review 

It is the fourteenth century and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur—the coming of the Black Death. History teaches us that a third of Europe’s population was destroyed.  But what if the plague had killed 99 percent of the population instead? How would the world have changed? This is a look at the history that could have been—one that stretches across centuries, sees dynasties and nations rise and crumble, and spans horrible famine and magnificent innovation.  

Through the eyes of soldiers and kings, explorers and philosophers, slaves and scholars, Robinson navigates a world where Buddhism and Islam are the most influential and practiced religions, while Christianity is merely a historical footnote. Probing the most profound questions as only he can, Robinson shines his extraordinary light on the place of religion, culture, power—and even love—in this bold New World.

“Exceptional and engrossing.”—New York Post


“Ambitious . . . ingenious.”—Newsday
 

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If Kim Stanley Robinson had an editor that would whittle his books down to the essentials, he'd be perfect. As it is, he tends to ramble too much. Still, I love the idea behind this book. He writes an ... Read full review

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This is one of my favorites -- I love the 'alternate/possible history' aspect, and think the story is well researched. I also liked the character development and the ending. Read full review

Contents

AWAKE TO EMPTINESS
5
B00K 2
89
OCEAN CONTINENTS
193
B00K 4
237
WARP AND WEFT 3 57
371
WIDOW KANG 39 5
397
B00K 8
549
B00K 9
583
B00K 10
707
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Kim Stanley Robinson is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, Sixty Days and Counting, The Years of Rice and Salt, and Galileo’s Dream. In 2008 he was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes of the Environment.” He serves on the board of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. He lives in Davis, California.

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