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The Years of Rice and Salt
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Spectra
Publication date June 1, 2003
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780553580075
ISBN-10 0553580078
Dimensions 1.50 by 4.25 by 7.25 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Original list price $8.99
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
In an alternate history world in which the population of Europe is almost completely wiped out by the Black Death during the fourteenth century, three superpowers--China, India, and the nations of Islam--battle for supremacy in a World War destined to create a new world order. By the author of Red Mars. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: With the same unique vision that brought his now classic Mars trilogy to vivid life, bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson boldly imagines an alternate history of the last seven hundred years. In his grandest work yet, the acclaimed storyteller constructs a world vastly different from the one we know. . . .

“A thoughtful, magisterial alternate history from one of science fiction’s most important writers.”—The New York Times Book Review 

It is the fourteenth century and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur—the coming of the Black Death. History teaches us that a third of Europe’s population was destroyed.  But what if the plague had killed 99 percent of the population instead? How would the world have changed? This is a look at the history that could have been—one that stretches across centuries, sees dynasties and nations rise and crumble, and spans horrible famine and magnificent innovation.  

Through the eyes of soldiers and kings, explorers and philosophers, slaves and scholars, Robinson navigates a world where Buddhism and Islam are the most influential and practiced religions, while Christianity is merely a historical footnote. Probing the most profound questions as only he can, Robinson shines his extraordinary light on the place of religion, culture, power—and even love—in this bold New World.

“Exceptional and engrossing.”—New York Post


“Ambitious . . . ingenious.”—Newsday

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780553109207
 
from Bantam Dell Pub Group (February 1, 2002)
9780553109207 | details & prices | 658 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 2.10 lbs | List price $25.95
About: In an alternate history world in which the population of Europe is almost completely wiped out by the Black Death during the fourteenth century, three superpowers--China, India, and the nations of Islam--battle for supremacy in a World War destined to create a new world order.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780006511489 Book cover for 9780553580075
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Reprint edition from Spectra (June 1, 2003)
9780553580075 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.25 × 1.50 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $8.99
About: In an alternate history world in which the population of Europe is almost completely wiped out by the Black Death during the fourteenth century, three superpowers--China, India, and the nations of Islam--battle for supremacy in a World War destined to create a new world order.
New edition from Harpercollins Pub Ltd (February 3, 2003)
9780006511489 | details & prices | 784 pages | List price $13.90
About: In this alternate history novel, Bold Bardash, a horseman in the army of Temur the Lame, rides west across the steppe and on to the Magyar Plain, where he comes across a town in which everyone lies dead.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781483098524 Book cover for 9781483098531
 
With Bronson Pinchot (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (May 5, 2015)
9781483098524 | details & prices | 5.50 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $44.95
About: It is the fourteenth century, and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur-- the coming of the Black Death.
With Bronson Pinchot (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (May 5, 2015)
9781483098531 | details & prices | 5.50 × 5.75 × 1.75 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $54.95
About: It is the fourteenth century, and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur -- the coming of the Black Death.

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