Kim Stanley Robinson's new novel takes us back to the Ice Age

Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Red Mars, The Years of Rice and Salt, and 2312, has always vacillated between writing about the future and writing alternate histories. His latest historical novel, Shaman, is as unconventional as his alternate histories have been. He takes us 20,000 years into the past, into the cultures of the Ice Age. The book focuses on Cro Magnons, but Robinson let it slip to io9 that there may be some Neandertals in there too.

Above you can see the gorgeous cover, created by Michal Karcz.

Here's the official blurb from publisher Orbit:

A novel set in the Ice Age by Kim Stanley Robinson. His previous novel, 2312, imagined how we might be living 300 years in the future. Shaman imagines how we might have been living 20,000 years in the past. Out in Hardcover September 2013.

Those of us who grew up reading the cheesy Ice Age adventure series that starts with Clan of the Cave Bear can rejoice — Robinson is sure to give us a more nuanced and scientifically accurate view of the prehistoric world that Jean M. Auel popularized back in the 1980s.

Kim Stanley Robinson's new novel takes us back to the Ice Age

On his blog, Robinson grounds the novel in geological context. In reference to this picture, he writes:

It will, in part, take place in the landmark pictured — although the temperature of the site will be sensibly different.