Robinson signs his new book Saturday

By From page A4 | May 23, 2012

Prize-winning novelist Kim Stanley Robinson, a longtime Davis resident, will read from his new book “2312” and sign copies at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis.

As the book’s title suggests, “2312” is set 300 years in the future, an era in which scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future, and Earth is no longer humanity’s only home. There are also colonies in other parts of the solar system, including Mercury, several asteroids and moons orbiting other planets.

In addition, human beings have used genetic engineering and related techniques to adapt themselves in many different ways — for both practical and personal reasons.

“Three hundred years is a very long time off, and by then humanity’s sense of itself will be different,” Robinson told Publisher’s Weekly. “It seemed to me that if technologies existed for lifetime extension and body modification, people might get into a mindset of wanting to try everything.”

Robinson’s previous novels, including the Mars trilogy, have won him considerable acclaim and multiple honors.

Jeff Hudson

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