By Kim Stanley Robinson
With the incomparable imaginative and prescient and breathtaking aspect that introduced his now-classic Mars trilogy to brilliant existence, bestselling writer KIM STANLEY ROBINSON boldly imagines another heritage of the final seven-hundred years. In his grandest paintings but, the acclaimed storyteller constructs a global tremendously diversified from the only we know....
The Years of Rice and Salt
It is the fourteenth century and probably the most apocalyptic occasions in human heritage is determined to occur–the coming of the Black dying. historical past teaches us 3rd of Europe’s inhabitants was once destroyed. yet what if? What if the plague killed ninety nine percentage of the inhabitants in its place? How could the area have replaced? it is a examine the historical past that can have been–a heritage that stretches throughout centuries, a historical past that sees dynasties and international locations upward push and collapse, a background that spans terrible famine and luxurious innovation. those are the years of rice and salt.
This is a universe the place the 1st send to arrive the recent global travels around the Pacific Ocean from China and colonization spreads from west to east. it is a universe the place the economic Revolution is brought on by way of the world’s maximum clinical minds–in India. this can be a universe the place Buddhism and Islam are the main influential and practiced religions and Christianity is purely a historic footnote.
Through the eyes of infantrymen and kings, explorers and philosophers, slaves and students, Robinson renders an immensely wealthy tapestry. Rewriting background and probing the main profound questions as basically he can, Robinson shines his striking mild at the position of faith, tradition, energy, or even love on such an Earth. From the steppes of Asia to the shorelines of the Western Hemisphere, from the age of Akbar to the current and past, here's the beautiful tale of the production of a brand new world.
From the Hardcover edition.