By Kim Stanley Robinson
With the incomparable imaginative and prescient and breathtaking element that introduced his now-classic Mars trilogy to vibrant existence, bestselling writer KIM STANLEY ROBINSON boldly imagines an alternative historical past of the final seven-hundred years. In his grandest paintings but, the acclaimed storyteller constructs an international enormously varied from the only we know....
The Years of Rice and Salt
It is the fourteenth century and essentially the most apocalyptic occasions in human historical past is decided to occur–the coming of the Black loss of life. historical past teaches us 3rd of Europe’s inhabitants used to be destroyed. yet what if? What if the plague killed ninety nine percentage of the inhabitants as a substitute? How may the area have replaced? this can be a examine the heritage that may have been–a background that stretches throughout centuries, a historical past that sees dynasties and international locations upward push and collapse, a heritage that spans terrible famine and sumptuous innovation. those are the years of rice and salt.
This is a universe the place the 1st send to arrive the hot global travels around the Pacific Ocean from China and colonization spreads from west to east. this can be a universe the place the economic Revolution is caused by means of the world’s maximum medical minds–in India. this can be a universe the place Buddhism and Islam are the main influential and practiced religions and Christianity is in simple terms a historic footnote.
Through the eyes of infantrymen and kings, explorers and philosophers, slaves and students, Robinson renders an immensely wealthy tapestry. Rewriting heritage and probing the main profound questions as basically he can, Robinson shines his amazing gentle at the position of faith, tradition, strength, or even love on such an Earth. From the steppes of Asia to the seashores of the Western Hemisphere, from the age of Akbar to the current and past, here's the lovely tale of the construction of a brand new world.
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The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson