1. Time, and how it moves throughout 2312 are integral to the mood and pacing of the story. My immediate knee-jerk reaction to time in 2312 would be to point out how much time is devoted to world building as opposed to actually telling the story. From the very first few pages, I have wondered why a writer as skilled as Robinson would allow himself to prattle on seemingly endlessly about minor details in his world. Pride was my first thought; after all this level of scientific world building is very intensive work requiring rigorous research to perfect. Now I see it potentially as a means of drifting the focus away from our lead characters towards a world that could be, should be, and must not be. Robinson denounces modern earth by portraying a dark echo of our own earth what our immediate future has in store for us. Yet later, there is much praise in the hope that we, as humans, can band together to try and reach beyond planet Earth to somewhere further beyond like Mars. I particularly liked the detail that the Martians called themselves "Homo Ares" in reference to the greco-roman war deity. I find this whole system to be perplexing but also frustrating. Depending on my mood while sitting down to read the book I could feel delighted, or rather frustrated by the tangents and digressions to explain the precise technology seeming to invade the story I'm trying to enjoy. 2.The Feeling I got from the film was one of an appreciation of its own title: Nowness. The artist was a man who seemed unconcerned for matters of the future, or the past. He was a man who was wholly engrossed and pleased with the circumstances he was in currently. Gardy-Artigas looked back fondly on his previous works and past deeds, but actively chose to let them go and not dwell on the past. His artistic flow is dependant heavily on his immediate emotions, going so far as to have multiple studios throughout his home so that he may switch to another depending on where his feet happen to take him.