Kim Stanley Robinson

Author, The Ministry for the Future

Kim Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. As the author of over a dozen novels, Robinson explores the themes of sustainability, social and economic equality, and scientists as heroes. He is best known for his Mars trilogy, in which it is argued that capitalism is an outgrowth of feudalism, which could be replaced in the future by a more democratic economic system. His work has been labeled by reviewers as "the gold-standard of realistic, and highly literary, science-fiction writing". In 2008, he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by TIME magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. 

His most recent book is The Ministry for the Future. Robinson earned a B.A. in literature from the University of California, San Diego. He earned an M.A. in English from Boston University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, San Diego.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

Remaking the Planet

Geoengineering may sound like science fiction, but there are many who believe we can — and should — be taking drastic measures to cool our planet down.

Oliver Morton, Briefings Editor, The Economist; Author, The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World (Princeton University Press, 2015)
Kim Stanley Robinson, Author, 2312 (Orbit, 2012)
Ken Caldeira, Climate Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University

Geo-Engineering Climate Solutions

In an emergency, we’re told to “break the glass” and reach for the fire extinguisher.  Some would argue we’re in the midst of a climate emergency – so what’s the solution? Can we spray a firehose into the sky to cool down our atmosphere?  It may sound like science fiction, but there are climatologists who believe we can – and should – do something very much like it.

Climate Narratives with Elizabeth Kolbert, Kim Stanley Robinson and Jeff Biggers

In the past decade, narratives of a dystopian climate future have helped connect people with characters in worlds decimated by industrial expansion and climate disruption. In the real world, scientists are looking to geo-engineering and other innovations to help preserve the wellbeing of life on Earth.

“20 years ago you were writing about this and you’re just a journalist off on a wild goose chase or you're a science fiction writer portraying an implausible future,” says acclaimed science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson, “Now everybody's there.”