Monday, 6 July 2009

Kim Stanley Robinson, Galileo's Dream (2009)


I've only just got this (I'm reviewing it for the Guardian), have only read the first 50 pages and obviously can't offer a considered opinion of it in this place. But I'm just chuffed to have a copy in my hands. Posting this, in other words, is nothing more than a nerdy species of boasting, something, evidently, I am not above.

One note: whomever at Harper put that decontextualised Daily Mail quotation (referring, obviously, to the Mars books) on the cover of what is, actually, a scrupulously realised historical novel is asking for trouble. You have to hope they change it come the actual August release.

12 comments:

Niall Harrison said...

a nerdy species of boasting

And in case anyone out there should doubt that this will, in fact, make other nerds jealous: doubt no longer. This nerd is, indeed, jealous. Very.

Adam Roberts said...

NERD!

Niall Harrison said...

And proud of it. So nerdy, in fact, that I've been reading this book in preparation for Galileo's Dream!

Adam Roberts said...

Finished it now: and it's very, very good indeed.

Niall Harrison said...

[f/x: gnashing of teeth, incoherent wailing]

Phil Archer said...

@Gollancz
I suggest that putting reviews of a book on the front cover of its first edition is a marketing mistake.
Comments on the author - OK: the king of high concept SF, a mastersinger of the Space Opera (meistersinger surely?), Britain's No.1 SF writer etc., but a review of the book itself just makes it look /old/. For a first edition nerd like me who will pay the £18+ to get the hardback as soon as possible rather than wait and pay less than half that for a paperback - that's bad.

And I must admit to a modicum of jealousy too - I ordered Galileo's Dream from Amazon some months ago(Nerd, Moi? Guilty. As my row of FEs from Salt to Yellow Blue Tibia prove).

(Comments about the Daily Mail as an authoritative source on anything deleted - I realised I'd got into a rant about /that/!)

Adam Roberts said...

Hi Phil. Thanks. The book isn't published by Gollancz, though.

Andrew Buntine said...

Any idea when your Guardian review will be published, Adam?

Adam Roberts said...

Andrew: they haven't told me. Should be a saturday soon-ish, though.

Azee said...

This nerd is, indeed, jealous

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