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The X-Files 4.8
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Futurama 3.5
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Touched by an Angel 1.3
Mysterious Ways 0.7

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9:00am ET, 4-February-02

 Robinson Cooks Up Rice

Kim Stanley Robinson told SCI FI Wire that his new novel, The Years of Rice and Salt, posits that a final wave of the Black Death killed off 99 percent of the European population, and then follows world history up to the present and about a century beyond. "It's an alternative history, which has been a sub-genre of science fiction for about 70 years now," Robinson said in an interview. "Classic examples include Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle, Keith Roberts' Pavane and Ward Moore's Bring the Jubilee."

Robinson added, "The idea is to pursue the ramifications of making some major or strategic change in history. It may not be obvious at first why this should be regarded as any part of science fiction, but I think it does make sense, if you define science fiction as being stories set in the future that have implied or explicit histories connecting them back to our moment. Alternative histories make the same operation, but run their histories back to some moment of our past. So they are all historical speculations."

The popular author noted that he's currently working on a near-future science fiction novel, set in Washington. But there are no plans for Robinson to revisit his Mars saga. "No, I'm done with Mars," he said. "The short-story collection The Martians was my revisiting and ends with the poem I Say Goodbye to Mars. It's possible that short story ideas might occur to me, and if so I'll write them and add them to future editions of The Martians. But right now I don't think that's likely. Off to new worlds!" Bantam Books will release The Years of Rice and Salt on Feb. 27.

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