Water Futures and Fictions: A Lecture on Climate Change and Speculative Fiction
As part of the 2015-2016 Environmental Humanities Project seminar on Drougt, acclaimed science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson will deliver a lecture entitled "Water Futures and Fictions,” addressing themes of climate change and water in California. Robinson earned a Ph.D. in literature at the University of California San Diego. In addition to The Novels of Philip K. Dick, a work of criticism based on his dissertation, Robinson is the author of 4 novellas, 8 short story collections, and 17 novels. Many of these writings explore themes of ecological sustainability, the relationship between nature and culture, and the civic role of scientists. Robinson has won numerous awards for his prodigious work, including the Nebula Award for Red Mars (1992), and the Hugo Award for both Green Mars (1993) and Blue Mars (1996), the three books in his Mars Trilogy. He has been named, by publications ranging from The Atlantic to The New Yorker, one of the greatest science fiction writers living today. In the lecture, Robinson will read from “Sacred Space,” a piece of his climate trilogy, recently compressed into the 2015 volume Green Earth, and address the place of climate change in speculative fiction. Refreshments will be served at a reception to follow the lecture.