History Literature / TheYearsOfRiceAndSalt

21st Apr '17 7:16:51 AM Derkhan
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7th Apr '17 7:27:00 PM KizunaTallis
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''The Years of Rice and Salt'' is a [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness counterfactual]] (or AlternateHistory) novel by SF writer Creator/KimStanleyRobinson, which depicts world history in an alternate timeline where the Black Plague epidemic that ravaged Europe in the 14th century was even more destructive, and caused the actual extinction of Western civilization.

With Europe out of the game, the two civilizations that grow into global superpowers in the following centuries are Islam and China. Eventually, their geopolitical rivalry escalates into total war.

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''The Years of Rice and Salt'' is a [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness counterfactual]] (or AlternateHistory) an AlternateHistory novel by SF writer Creator/KimStanleyRobinson, which depicts world history in an alternate timeline where the Black Plague epidemic that ravaged Europe in the 14th century was even more destructive, and caused the actual extinction of Western civilization.

With Europe out of the game, the two civilizations that grow into global superpowers in the following centuries are Islam the Islamic world and China. Eventually, their geopolitical rivalry escalates into total war.



* AlternateHistory: Right from the beginning.
* AscendedExtra: In a couple stories, The P character (see ThemeNaming below) plays an unusually large role.

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* AlternateHistory: Right One where Europe is taken out of the picture and it ripples from the beginning.
thereon out.
* AscendedExtra: In a couple stories, The the P character (see ThemeNaming below) plays an unusually large role.



* AxCrazy: Kyu, the African firebug eunuch. To be fair, the slave traders just sort of sprung the whole "eunuch" thing on him without asking.
** It's a recurring trait of that character throughout the eons, both in the bardo and out. To be completely fair, it's usually for very good reason. Such as the one above.
* TheBlackDeath

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* AxCrazy: The K Character frequently has shades of this throughout their different lives (though usually for good reason). In particular, Kyu, the African firebug eunuch. To eunuch, though to be fair, the slave traders just sort of sprung the whole "eunuch" thing on him without asking.
** It's a recurring trait of that character throughout
his consent.
* TheBlackDeath: In this world, it was much more virulent, killing off just about
the eons, both in entirety of the bardo and out. To be completely fair, it's usually for very good reason. Such as the one above.
* TheBlackDeath
European population.



* DisproportionateRetribution: Kokila reincarnates as an animal because she poisoned a guy who seduced her best friend, got her pregnant and abandoned her to die.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Kokila reincarnates as an animal is reincarnated into a tiger because she poisoned a guy who seduced her best friend, got her pregnant and abandoned her to die.



* EunuchsAreEvil
* ForeverWar: The Long War between China and Dar-al-Islam lasts for over 60 years, at which point hardly anyone remembers or cares what started it in the first place. [[spoiler: China wins. Or, rather, Dar-al-Islam loses.]]

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* EunuchsAreEvil
EunuchsAreEvil: Kyu, though not so much evil insomuch as he's AxCrazy and pissed off.
* ForeverWar: The Long War between China and Dar-al-Islam Dar al Islam lasts for over 60 years, at which point hardly anyone remembers or cares what started it in the first place. [[spoiler: China [[spoiler:China wins. Or, rather, Dar-al-Islam loses.]]



* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Kheim in the Bardo.

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* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Kheim K often does this in the Bardo.



* SceneryPorn: Vibrant descriptions of the settings are frequent.



** Two characters in the "Age of Great Progress" chapter are named Kiyoaki (one of the protagonists of {{Creator/Yukio Mishima}}'s ''The Sea of Fertility'' cycle, in which the same person is reincarnated in each book) and Tagomi (a character in {{Literature/The Man In The High Castle}}, another alternate history novel), respectively.

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** Two characters in the "Age of Great Progress" chapter are named Kiyoaki (one of the protagonists of {{Creator/Yukio Mishima}}'s Creator/YukioMishima's ''The Sea of Fertility'' cycle, in which the same person is reincarnated in each book) and Tagomi (a character in {{Literature/The Man In The High Castle}}, ''Literature/TheManInTheHighCastle'', another very famous alternate history novel), respectively.novel).



* SpaceFillingEmpire: Dar al Islam, China, and the Hodenosaunee League.



* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: When [[{{Ronin}} Busho]] is taken in by the Hodenosaunee League, he begins to teach them about modern warfare, agriculture and industry, so that they will be able to withstand the Chinese colonisers on the West Coast; and the Islamic ones on the East Coast. Centuries later, the Hodenosaunee League survives as a major world power.
* WarIsHell: The Long War was like UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne leading directly into UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo without a pause.

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* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: When [[{{Ronin}} Busho]] is taken in by the Hodenosaunee League, he begins to teach them about modern warfare, agriculture and industry, so that they will be able to withstand the Chinese colonisers colonizers on the West Coast; Coast and the Islamic ones on the East Coast. Centuries later, the Hodenosaunee League survives as a major world power.
* WarIsHell: The Long War was can best be described as being like UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne leading directly into UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo without a pause.
16th Mar '17 8:36:40 AM KizunaTallis
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* [[TheRemnant The Western Remnant]]: Although Western civilization is all but destroyed, a few fragments remain such as Georgia and New Norway.

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* [[TheRemnant The Western Remnant]]: TheRemnant: Although Western civilization is all but destroyed, a few fragments remain such as Georgia and New Norway.



* WarIsHell: The Long War was like a WorldWarOne that lasted three generations.
** More like WorldWarOne leading directly into WorldWarTwo without a pause.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: Airplanes remain limited to military use, while civilian airflight is accomplished mostly by airship (and later, "space planes"!)

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* WarIsHell: The Long War was like a WorldWarOne that lasted three generations.
** More like WorldWarOne
UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne leading directly into WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo without a pause.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: Airplanes remain limited to military use, while civilian airflight is accomplished mostly by airship (and later, "space planes"!)
planes"!).
22nd Dec '16 7:32:39 PM Xtifr
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''The Years of Rice and Salt'' is a [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness counterfactual]] (or AlternateHistory) novel by SF writer Kim Stanley Robinson, which depicts world history in an alternate timeline where the Black Plague epidemic that ravaged Europe in the 14th century was even more destructive, and caused the actual extinction of Western civilization.

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''The Years of Rice and Salt'' is a [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness counterfactual]] (or AlternateHistory) novel by SF writer Kim Stanley Robinson, Creator/KimStanleyRobinson, which depicts world history in an alternate timeline where the Black Plague epidemic that ravaged Europe in the 14th century was even more destructive, and caused the actual extinction of Western civilization.
5th May '16 7:37:12 PM gornthewizard
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** Two characters in the "Age of Great Progress" chapter are named Kiyoaki (one of the protagonists of {{Creator/Yukio Mishima}}'s ''The Sea of Fertility'' cycle, in which the same person is reincarnated in each book) and Tagomi (a character in {{Literature/The Man In The High Castle}}, another alternate history novel), respectively.
** The last chapter references the real-life historiographical scholarship of Hayden White, attributed to one "Scholar White" in the alternate-timeline present day.
25th Dec '14 3:09:57 PM LahmacunKebab
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* ThemeNaming : Taken UpToEleven to help us keep track of who was who in a past life, making all reincarnations of a character always keep the same first letter in their names.

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* ThemeNaming : ThemeNaming: Taken UpToEleven to help us keep track of who was who in a past life, making all reincarnations of a character always keep the same first letter in their names.
25th Dec '14 3:07:44 PM LahmacunKebab
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''The Years of Rice and Salt'' is a [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness counterfactual]] (or AlternateHistory) novel by SF writer Creator/KimStanleyRobinson, which depicts world history in an alternate timeline where the Black Plague epidemic that ravaged Europe in the 14th century was even more destructive, and caused the actual extinction of Western civilization.

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''The Years of Rice and Salt'' is a [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness counterfactual]] (or AlternateHistory) novel by SF writer Creator/KimStanleyRobinson, Kim Stanley Robinson, which depicts world history in an alternate timeline where the Black Plague epidemic that ravaged Europe in the 14th century was even more destructive, and caused the actual extinction of Western civilization.



* AscendedExtra: In a couple stories, The P character (see ThemeNaming below) plays an unusally large role.

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* AscendedExtra: In a couple stories, The P character (see ThemeNaming below) plays an unusally unusually large role.
4th Oct '13 11:55:37 AM Matchstick
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''The Years Of Rice And Salt'' is a [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness counterfactual]] (or AlternateHistory) novel by SF writer Creator/KimStanleyRobinson, which depicts world history in an alternate timeline where the Black Plague epidemic that ravaged Europe in the 14th century was even more destructive, and caused the actual extinction of Western civilization.

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''The Years Of of Rice And and Salt'' is a [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness counterfactual]] (or AlternateHistory) novel by SF writer Creator/KimStanleyRobinson, which depicts world history in an alternate timeline where the Black Plague epidemic that ravaged Europe in the 14th century was even more destructive, and caused the actual extinction of Western civilization.



!!''The Years Of Rice And Salt'' contains examples of:

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!!''The Years Of of Rice And and Salt'' contains examples of:
4th Oct '13 11:54:54 AM Matchstick
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20th Apr '13 12:09:41 AM Candi
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* PowerTrio: B,K and I, with the rest of the jati spinning around them.

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* PowerTrio: B,K B, K and I, with the rest of the jati spinning around them.



* ReformedCriminal: Kheim is a former pirate who ended up an admiral of the Ming fleet. Khalid went from trying to con a Sultan to providing him with scientific militar advances.

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* ReformedCriminal: Kheim is a former pirate who ended up an admiral of the Ming fleet. Khalid went from trying to con a Sultan to providing him with scientific militar military advances.
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