By Kim Stanley Robinson
With the incomparable imaginative and prescient and breathtaking element that introduced his now-classic Mars trilogy to shiny lifestyles, bestselling writer KIM STANLEY ROBINSON boldly imagines an alternative heritage of the final 700 years. In his grandest paintings but, the acclaimed storyteller constructs a global enormously varied from the single we know....
The Years of Rice and Salt
It is the fourteenth century and the most apocalyptic occasions in human historical past is determined to occur–the coming of the Black demise. 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 realm have replaced? this can be a examine the historical past which can have been–a historical past that stretches throughout centuries, a heritage that sees dynasties and countries upward push and fall apart, 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. this can be a universe the place the economic Revolution is caused through the world’s maximum medical minds–in India. it is a universe the place Buddhism and Islam are the main influential and practiced religions and Christianity is in basic terms a old footnote.
Through the eyes of squaddies and kings, explorers and philosophers, slaves and students, Robinson renders an immensely wealthy tapestry. Rewriting background and probing the main profound questions as in simple terms he can, Robinson shines his notable gentle at the position of faith, tradition, strength, 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, this is the beautiful tale of the construction of a brand new world.
From the Hardcover edition.