Shaman is the title for the novel by Kim Stanley Robinson published by Orbit in September 2013.

Interview Comments

The Sacramento Bee, December 16, 2012:

"I'm finishing a novel set in the ice age, about the people who made the paintings in the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave in southern France, about 32,000 years ago," he said. "I do a lot of snow camping in the Sierra, and I put my snow knowledge into it and tried to explain how we became who we are now. It's only science and archaeology that allow us to write historical fiction with any accuracy," Robinson added. "So it's kind of science fiction in a way."

Essays and Criticism

  • Our Greatest Political Novelist?, Tim Kreider, The New Yorker, December 13, 2013






Ice age people exclaiming "mama mia"? Really? And that is just the one that made me find this book a joke and no longer only had me question whether it was written to make a deadline (which was not long into the book). There are so many of these weird one liner sayings that are all wrong for the context. Granted, I had never before read anything by the author but if this the usual style I doubt I will pick up another. Too bad, I do enjoy a good ice-age novel like those of Jean Auel and Michael and Kathleen O'Neal Gear's.