Arts for Action's Sake

Social Protest or Science Fiction?

December 8, 2017

Tags: climate change, Venice, New York 2014, Kim Stanley Robinson

Venice anyone?
Kim Stanley Robinsonís latest novel, New York 2140, (Orbit, Hachette Book Group, March 2017) presents a grim vision of the impact of a warming global climate. Iím sure Robinson could have easily conjured up a world like that in the lauded, 2016 movie Interstellar, where Americaís farmland is sufficiently fried to create a new Dust Bowl and the only solution for humanity is to use gravitational propulsion to escape to a distant galaxy through a recently detected wormhole near Saturn. But instead, a writer who ironically is best known for his own space-escape yarns such as The Mars Trilogy, has set himself a more difficult challenge. Robinson visualizes a world where mankind canít avail itself of improbable technological advances or convenient astronomical discoveries, and instead must struggle to adapt to a barely recognizable planet. (more…)