Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies
Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies

Conversation with Kim Stanley Robinson on Science Fiction and the Environment

Kim Stanley Robinson Portrait

Kim Stanley Robinson

Robinson is one of the most well­-known and respected science fiction writers in the world, with a reality ­based approach in the spirit of Isaac Asimov that has made him a social thinker speaking “for the future and from the future”. His work has received 11 major awards from the science fiction field, and has been translated into 23 languages. His Mars trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars) was an international bestseller, and continues to be one of the most widely read works of science fiction, a benchmark in discussions of humanity in space. His environmentalist work closer to home was the basis for him being named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes of the Environment” in 2008. He has worked with the U.S. National Science Foundation, and was part of their Antarctic Artists and Writers program in 1995, when he spent two months in Antarctica courtesy of NSF. He was part of the Sequoia Parks Foundations’ artist program in 2008. His articles and stories have been published in Nature, The New York Times, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, The Washington Post, The New Scientist, and Wired. He was the guest of Honor at the 68th World Science Fiction Convention, in Melbourne, 2010. His 2012 novel, 2312, was a New York Times bestseller, as were his 2013 novel Shaman and 2015's Aurora. Robinson has a B.A. and a Ph.D. in literature from University of California, San Diego, and an M.A. in English from Boston University. He taught literature at the University of California, Davis, before becoming a full­time writer and parent.

Kim Stanley Robinson will lead a conversation about science fiction and the environment on Wednesday, April 13 from 5:00 to 6:30pm in the Glickman Conference Center (CLA 1.302E). Directions to CLA 1.302E can be found here

Some optional readings have been chosen to help facilitate discussion. You can find these optional readings (some very short stories by Robinson, an interview with Ursula Heise, and a story by contemporary sci-fi author Paolo Bacigalupi) at https://utexas.box.com/TILTSRobinson.

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