2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

I forgot where and on what site I found this title, but it sounded fascinating and just the kind of read I LOVE indulging in.

As the title suggests, the novel is called 2312 and as such takes place in the year 2312 – at the time when it was published, being exactly 300 years in the future.

Plot summary is taken from Wikipedia where I rediscovered this title again only a few hours ago:

The novel is set, as the title suggests, in the year 2312, in the great city of Terminator on Mercury, which is built on gigantic tracks in order to constantly stay on the planet’s nightside. Swan Er Hong, an artist and former asteroid terrarium designer, is grieving over the sudden death of her step-grandmother, Alex, who was very influential among the inhabitants of Terminator. After the funeral procession, a conference is held among the family and the close friends of Alex (some of whom Swan has never heard of, including Fitz Wahram, a native of the moon Titan, whom Swan dislikes). Following the conference, Swan decides to head out to Io to visit another friend of Alex’s, called Wang, who has designed one of the largest qubes or quantum computers. While Swan is visiting Wang on Io, an apparent attack of some sort fails. A violent attack on Terminator shortly follows. As Swan travels, she learns more of the mystery surrounding her grandmother’s death and the destruction of her home-city of Terminator. With Wahram and Genette, Swan travels throughout the solar system and investigates an escalating series of conspiracies.

The part that really interested most, besides the fact that – uh, hello? it’s SCIFI! – is this bit (also taken from the Wikipedia site):

Gender and sexuality within this world is fluid and expansive, with the principal official categories of “self-image for gender” listed to include feminine, masculine, androgynous, gyandromorphous, hermaphrodite, ambisexual, bisexual, intersex, neuter, eunuch, nonsexual, undifferentiated, gay, lesbian, queer, invert, homosexual, polymorphous, poly, labile, berdache, hijra, and two-spirit. Many people have both penises and vaginas.

….yeah. That was a no-brainer. I’m definitely reading this book!

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