The Years of Rice and Salt (Mass Market Paperbound)

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Everything about this book is
cool.

What if the Black Death had
killed 99% of Europe’s population instead of a third? How would Islamic and
Buddhist cultures have inhabited it and shaped the world? How would the history
of the Western Hemisphere be different without European colonization? How would the world look now?

Travel through seven centuries
in ten different novelettes, with the same three souls reincarnated into
philosophers, historians, soldiers, scientists, and more! Through their eyes, experience
a history that might have been.

Hard, important questions about war,
religion, peace, science, and human nature are posed!

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Description


With the incomparable vision and breathtaking detail 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....

The Years of Rice and Salt

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? What if the plague killed 99 percent of the population instead? How would the world have changed? This is a look at the history that could have been-a history that stretches across centuries, a history that sees dynasties and nations rise and crumble, a history that spans horrible famine and magnificent innovation. These are the years of rice and salt.

This is a universe where the first ship to reach the New World travels across the Pacific Ocean from China and colonization spreads from west to east. This is a universe where the Industrial Revolution is triggered by the world's greatest scientific minds-in India. This is a universe where Buddhism and Islam are the most influential and practiced religions and Christianity is merely a historical footnote.

Through the eyes of soldiers and kings, explorers and philosophers, slaves and scholars, Robinson renders an immensely rich tapestry. Rewriting history and probing the most profound questions as only he can, Robinson shines his extraordinary light on the place of religion, culture, power, and even love on such an Earth. From the steppes of Asia to the shores of the Western Hemisphere, from the age of Akbar to the present and beyond, here is the stunning story of the creation of a new world.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author


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.

Praise For…


PRAISE FOR The Years of Rice and Salt

"Hugo winner Robinson follows three characters over seven centuries on an alternate Earth in which Islam and Buddhism are the dominant religions...Blessed with moments of wry and gentle beauty as friends and antagonists rediscover each other under different guises in exotically dangerous locales."
-Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR KIM STANLEY ROBINSON’S Red Mars WINNER OF THE NEBULA AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL

“A tremendous achievement.”
The Washington Post Book World

“An absorbing novel...a scientifically informed imagination of rare ambition at work.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Promises to become a classic...This is epic science fiction in the best sense of the term–thoughtful, provoking, and haunting.”
–St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Green Mars WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL

“Dense as a diamond and as sharp; it makes even most good novels seem pale and insignificant by comparison.”
The Washington Post Book World

“Has the breathtaking scope, plausible science and intellectual daring that made Red Mars a hit.”
Daily News of Los Angeles

Blue Mars WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL

“If I had to choose one writer whose work will set the standard for science fiction in the future, it would be KIM STANLEY ROBINSON. Blue Mars represents a breakthrough even from his own consistently high level of achievement....Beautifully written...a landmark in the history of the genre.”
The New York Times Book Review

“A complex and deeply engaging dramatization of
humanity’s future...exhilarating.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Product Details
ISBN: 9780553580075
ISBN-10: 0553580078
Publisher: Spectra Books
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2003
Pages: 784
Language: English