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"Sacred Space" & "The Lunatics" in collections + TRSF PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimon   
Saturday, 19 November 2011 10:53

Two Kim Stanley Robinson stories were included in collections in October 2011.

The first is Verso Books' I'm With The Bears: Short Stories from a Damaged Planet, a collection of stories from science fiction writers focusing on the impacts of climate change. Between David Mitchell and Paolo Bacigalupi, Robinson's contribution is "Sacred Space", an excerpt of Chapter 6 of Sixty Days And Counting (part of the Science In The Capital trilogy), where Frank and Charlie go on a hiking trip in the Sierra Nevada. The book says "the story here is adapted from the third novel", so there might be differences in the text.

The book features an introduction by Bill McKibben, notorious American environmentalist who has written extensively on climate change and sustainability.

Interestingly, the book mentions: "Royalties from the sale of I'm with the Bears will go to 350.org, an international grassroots movement working to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere." 350.org was founded by McKibben. With the world Conference Of Parties on climate change negotiations in Durban approaching and with alarming warnings coming even from traditionally conservative institutions, that is very timely!

The second is Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail!: Stories of Crime, Love and Rebellion by PM Press, which had previously published the chapbook The Lucky Strike with the eponymous story and more in 2009. The collection includes Robinson's short story "The Lunatics", which is described as "a story of oppression and struggle deep in the bowels of the baleful Moon".

Thirdly, as a complement, the MIT's acclaimed Technology Review published a special science fiction issue "inspired by today's emerging technologies" with hard SF contributions from various SF authors like Ken McLeod or Cory Doctorow. The editor of the issue Stephen Cass had previously made a list of the kind of hard SF that inspired TR:SF, and included in it Robinson's Mars trilogy.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 November 2011 11:49
 
Robinson in SF in SF PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimon   
Saturday, 12 November 2011 11:55

Kim Stanley Robinson will be appearing with Cecilia Holland to be interviewed with fellow SF writer Terry Bisson in San Francisco for a reading and a Q&A later today (!).

Details follow:

Saturday, November 12th

Kim Stanley Robinson & Cecilia Holland

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson. Booksigning and schmoozing follows in the lounge, and books will be for sale, courtesy of Borderlands Books

6:00PM – doors and cash bar open
7:00PM – event starts

Suggested $5-$10 donation at the door – benefits Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California – to date, we’ve helped raise over $25,000 for the kids in our community!

The Variety Preview Room Theatre
The Hobart Bldg., 1st Floor — entrance between Quiznos and Citibank
582 Market Street @ 2nd and Montgomery
San Francisco, CA 94104

 

 
Coode Street interviews Kim Stanley Robinson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimon   
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 19:42

Jonathan Strahan (editor of The Best Of Kim Stanley Robinson) and Gary K. Wolfe (professor and critic) conducted an interview with Kim Stanley Robinson during the last World SF Convention Renovation last August.

The interview is available from their Coode Street Podcast (direct download).

Robinson talks candidly about attending these annual Conventions, gives quite a bit of information on his next novel 2312, discusses writing his short stories, the themes he writes about, science fiction figures like Asimov and Wolfe (Gene, that is!), and writing in general. Well worth your time!

Pictured: Strahan and Wolfe

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:07
 
Kim Stanley Robinson talk at University of Texas Dallas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimon   
Thursday, 03 November 2011 22:54

Kim Stanley Robinson will be giving a talk on "Valuing the Earth and Future Generations: Imagining Post Capitalism" at the University of Texas Dallas as part of a five-lecture series on Science, Policy and Cultural Values.

When: 7:30pm, Wednesday November 16, 2011
Where: Jonsson Performance Hall, UTD

This public lecture is free and open to the public. You are also invited to join the Center for Values Fellows for this lecture for $45. Center for Values Fellows will have reserved priority seating, will receive the speaker's recent book in advance, and will be invited to an exclusive reception and book signing after the lecture. Sign up for this lecture or you can sign up for the entire series.

Climate change and population growth will combine in the twenty-first century to put an enormous load on humanity's bio-infrastructural support system, the planet Earth. Kim Stanley Robinson argues that our current economic system undervalues both the environment and future human generations, and it will have to change if we hope to succeed in dealing with the enormous challenges facing us. Science is the most powerful conceptual system we have for dealing with the world, and we are certain to be using science to design and guide our response to the various crises now bearing down on us. A more scientific economics – what would that look like? And what else in our policy, habits, and values will have to change?

As a photo for this article, the writer being a green European, it would have been too easy to put an oil rig. Instead, I've put an image from the Pickens Plan, an initiative by Dallas resident T. Boone Pickens towards a greener economy via renewables, energy conservation and natural gas. A solid and economically sound initiative!

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2011 23:12
 
Publication: Arena Journal: Changing the Climate PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimon   
Saturday, 08 October 2011 13:24

Last year, Stan Robinson participated in the conference "Changing the Climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe" at Australia's Monash University. One year later, several of the talks given there have resulted in a publication by the Arena Journal: Issue 35/36 (2011) is dedicated on exactly this topic.

Changing the Climate explores nature and environment, power and society, narrative and image in meditations on ecology, ecocriticism, science and speculative fiction, film and contemporary art. With a chapter by Kim Stanley Robinson.

The paper in this issue cover a wide range of contemporary art, from literature to film. There is an entire section dedicated to Kim Stanley Robinson, appropriately entitled "Science in the Capital"! Apart from Robinson's contribution, "Remarks on Utopia in the Age of Climate Change", this part also includes a paper by Tom Moylan, "N-H-N': Kim Stanley Robinson's Dialectics of Ecology", and another by Chris Palmer, "Free Exchange and Dark Secrecy in the Capital". All three papers must be reworkings of some sort of the speeches they gave at the conference. The abstracts are accessible via the above links.

The Arena Journal has massively published on utopias and the future previously: Issue 25/26 (2006) was dedicated to "Imagining the Future: Utopia and Dystopia" and Issue 31 (2008) was dedicated to "Demanding the Impossible: Utopia and Dystopia".

 
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