The only predictable thing about science fiction is it keeps coming true. That’s a particularly fascinating notion, given science-fiction novelist Kim Stanley Robinson’s new look at the future in “New York: 2140” (Orbit, $28, 624 pages).
It visits a world in which climate change has caused sea levels to rise, to the point where New York City has become a Venice of sorts, where “every street is a canal, every skyscraper an island.” Still, the drama and surprises of daily life continue for the disparate tenants of one apartment building in particular, where the disappearance of a mini-community of computer engineers sets off events that “threaten the existence of all.”
It’s the Bee Book Club’s choice for June.
Booklist calls “New York: 2140” “a tale of adventure, intrigue and relationships (woven) into a complex story well worth the read.” New Yorker magazine adds, “New York may be underwater, but it’s better than ever.”
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“When you write science fiction, you’re writing realism,” Robinson said from his home in Davis. “We’re now living in a science fiction novel we’re all writing together.”
Robinson is the author of 10 novels in three series (one speculates on colonizing Mars), 11 stand-alone novels and numerous short stories. He holds all of science fiction’s major awards, including the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy. He is usually referred to as “one of the world’s greatest living science-fiction writers.” The Atlantic magazine calls his novels “the gold-standard of realistic, highly literary science-fiction.”
Sacramento Bee Book Club
Science-fiction novelist Kim Stanley Robinson will appear for The Sacramento Bee Book Club at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 15, in The Hive at The Sacramento Bee, 2100 Q St., Sacramento. He will be in conversation with Bee senior writer Allen Pierleoni.
Tickets to the event are $20 for seven-day-a-week subscribers, $10 for students and $25 for general admission. Buy tickets at www.sacbee.com/events. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Parking is free. Barnes & Noble will be on site, selling “New York: 2140” for 30 percent off the list price (Orbit, $28, 624 pages).
All proceeds benefit The Bee’s News In Education program, bringing news and information to more than 20,000 students in the region.
“New York: 2140” also will be offered for a 30 percent discount through June 15 at these bookstores: in the Sacramento area at the five Barnes & Nobles, Avid Reader at the Tower, Underground Books, Time Tested Books and Sac State’s Hornet Bookstore; in Davis at Avid Reader; in El Dorado Hills at Face in a Book; and in Grass Valley at The Bookseller.