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Planet on the Table

By (author) Kim Stanley Robinson
Genres: Science fiction
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Macdonald & Co, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Futura Orbit
Published: 13th Aug 1987
Dimensions: w 120mm h 180mm
ISBN-10: 0708882323
ISBN-13: 9780708882320
Barcode No: 9780708882320

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Eight well-known tales, 1976-85, from the author of The Memory of Whiteness (1985). "Black Air" is the story of the ill-fated Spanish Armada's attempt to conquer England, as witnessed by orphan-monk Manuel, who survives through various divine interventions. "The Lucky Strike" speculates on what might have happened if the pilot of the aircraft Enola Gay had refused to atom-bomb Japan. And in "Venice Drowned," venal tourists loot the eerie, sunken ruins of future Venice. Also, the less famous entries: on Mercury, in a movable city geared to perpetual sunrise, an amoral sleuth searches for a murderer and skilled forger of Monet paintings; a drifter at an Arizona truck stop slips into another dimension; a futuristic Jacobean drama performed by actors with implanted cues is haunted by a real murderer; some space miners revive Dixieland jazz; and three college friends take a walk in the snows of the Sierra Nevada. Readers content to sit back and be mesmerized will find Robinson's artful technique and general air of imponderability alluring. However, those of a more analytical persuasion will wonder what lies beneath the richly textured, impressive exteriors, and conclude: nothing much. (Kirkus Reviews)