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A Weird, Wonderful Conversation With Kim Stanley Robinson

The Ezra Klein Show

Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the great living science fiction writers and one of the most astute observers of how planets look, feel and work. His Mars Trilogy imagined what it might be like for humans to settle on the red planet. His best-selling novel “The Ministry for the Future” is a masterful effort at envisioning what might happen to Earth in a future of unchecked climate change. Robinson has a rare command of both science and human nature, and his writing crystallizes how the two must work together if we are to rescue our collective planetary future from possible ruin.In his most recent book, a rare turn to nonfiction called “The High Sierra: A Love Story,” Robinson trains his attention on the planet we inhabit in the here and now, particularly on one of his favorite places on Earth: the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California and Nevada. The new book is part memoir, part guidebook, part meditation on how time, space and even politics take shape in a wondrous geological landscape.We discuss why Robinson decided to start writing outdoors, what it was like to experience the Sierras on psychedelics in his youth, what “actor-network theory” is and how it helps us understand our relationship to the planet and to our own bodies, why we should think of climate change more like we do plane crashes, what hiking backpacks say about American consumerism, how we should change our relationship to technology in order to be happier, why the politics of wanting are so confusing yet important, why Robinson is so excited about ideas like a wage ratio and rewilding schemes, how the “structure of feeling” around climate has changed, why Robinson is feeling more hopeful about Earth’s future these days and more.Mentioned:“The Most Important Book I’ve Read This Year” by Vox Conversations“Your Kids Are Not Doomed” by Ezra Klein“Design for the Real World” by Victor Papanek“Thomas Piketty’s Case for ‘Participatory Socialism’” by The Ezra Klein ShowBook Recommendations:A Brief History of Equality by Thomas PikettyThe Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David WengrowThe Echo Maker by Richard PowersThoughts? Guest suggestions? Email us at ezrakleinshow@nytimes.com.You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more episodes of “The Ezra Klein Show” at nytimes.com/ezra-klein-podcast, and you can find Ezra on Twitter @ezraklein. Book recommendations from all our guests are listed at https://www.nytimes.com/article/ezra-klein-show-book-recs.“The Ezra Klein Show” is produced by Annie Galvin and Rogé Karma; fact-checking by Michelle Harris, Mary Marge Locker and Kate Sinclair; original music by Isaac Jones; mixing by Isaac Jones and Sonia Herrero; audience strategy by Shannon Busta. Our executive producer is Irene Noguchi. Special thanks to Kristin Lin and Kristina Samulewski.

1hr 32mins

15 Jul 2022

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Kim Stanley Robinson with Bill McKibben

City Arts & Lectures

In The Ministry for the Future, science fiction novelist Kim Stanley Robinson imagines a near-future where climate change has wreaked havoc, from severe heat waves, to flooding, limited resources, and a global refugee crisis. It’s a terrifying set of circumstances. But it’s not without hope - and Robinson brings to life a possible path for survival.  Robinson has also published a memoir, The High Sierra: A Love Story. On June 7, 2022, Kim Stanley Robinson talked with his friend, author and environmental activist, Bill McKibben, about his work, the challenges facing environmentalists, and how older people can play an important role. This program also includes an excerpt from the audiobook of The High Sierra read by the author, courtesy Hachette Books.

1hr 1min

3 Jul 2022

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Episode 56 - The Poetry of Humanity. On Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312 w/ Labor Kyle

The Left Page

Hello everyone! In this episode I am once again joined by Labor Kyle! As we dive into the magnificent world, or solar system, of Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312! We talk of Utopia, History, Xenogenders, Liberation and Emancipation! This special almost double-length episode is certainly one you do not want to miss! Enjoy! Check out and support Kyle's work! Twitter: https://twitter.com/laborkyle Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/laborkyle/videos AGAB Pod: https://soundcloud.com/agabpod Profane Illuminations: https://mobile.twitter.com/profaneshow If you can, please support us on Patreon, where you can find our Reading Corners and Writer's Desks! https://www.patreon.com/leftpage Intro Music: Gymnopédie Nº1, Erik Satie, 1888 Outro Music: Downtime, Vistas, Miracle of Sound, 2014 -> Check out his Bandcamp! https://miracleofsound.bandcamp.com/

1hr 43mins

14 Jun 2022

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HT#65: Green Mars and Blue Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson (feat. Androids & Assets)

Hugos There Podcast

Marshall and Steve from Androids & Assets join Seth for a discussion of the second and third books in Kim Stanley Robinson’s MarsTrilogy Green Mars and Blue Mars, which won the 1994 and 1997 Hugo Awards for Best Novel. Start – 7:56 Intro through “Why this book?” 7:57 – 19:55 Non-Spoiler discussion 19:56 – end … Continue reading "HT#65: Green Mars and Blue Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson (feat. Androids & Assets)"

1hr 30mins

1 Jun 2022

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Kim Stanley Robinson on Wildlife, the Martian Constitution, and Loving the High Sierra

Storytelling Animals

Kim Stanley Robinson is the author of the new autobiographical nonfiction book The High Sierra: A Love Story. He's also written 20 novels, including Red Mars and The Ministry for the Future, and now he's appeared on this podcast! We talk about his love of rocky landscapes, how he started backpacking, and the need to make space for wildlife. We also talk about how his Sierra life has impacted his fiction, and how he came to love science fiction in the first place. And so much more!Sign up for the Storytelling Animals newsletter here to keep up with the podcast: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dLearn more about the book here: https://www.littlebrown.com/titles/kim-stanley-robinson/the-high-sierra/9780316306812/A reading list on the John Muir Sierra Club controversy, including both critical and positive assessments of his legacy:1) https://www.sierraclub.org/michael-brune/2020/07/john-muir-early-history-sierra-club2) https://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/articles/entry/who-was-john-muir-really/3) https://www.politico.com/news/2021/08/16/sierra-club-racist-internal-fight-5054074) https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2021-2-march-april/feature/john-muir-native-america5) https://www.huffpost.com/entry/sierra-club-muir-racism-board-vote_n_619548aae4b0f398aeff36776) https://www.huffpost.com/entry/sierra-club-election-muir_n_624609f9e4b068157f74d448Support this podcast on Patreon here, and receive early access to episodes: https://patreon.com/storytellingpodSubscribe at the Lorax Tier or above to join the Storytelling Animals Book Club, we have Zoom discussions the last Tuesday of the month at 5:30 Pacific.Our next three meetings are:5/31 - The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin6/28 - Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake7/26 - The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley RobinsonTo try out one meeting as a free trial, subscribe to my email list: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dFollow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Storytelling-Animals-105986165338395For more on Half-Earth, see my interview with Drew Pendergrass and Troy Vettese: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/half-earth-socialism-planning-utopia-with-troy-vettese/id1604296764?i=1000556263826For more on Ecuador's constitution and rights of nature, see my interview with Thea Riofrancos: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/resource-radicals-thea-riofrancos-on-democracy-our/id1604296764?i=1000551855853 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 34mins

10 May 2022

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Kim Stanley Robinson: Climate Futures: Beyond 02022

Long Now: Seminars About Long-term Thinking

Attend the Long Now Talks in-person or via our livestreamWatch & share this talk on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Long NowLong Now continues our dialogue with the acclaimed writer Kim Stanley Robinson around COP26 and his most recent book The Ministry for the Future. Clean energy advocate & author Ramez Naam will join Robinson on stage after the talk for a further discussion. Tackling topics from carbon quantitative easing, to political action, to planetary-level engineering, Robinson describes our current situation as "all-hands-on-deck" where every possible mitigation strategy should be tried. You can find our other talks with Kim Stanley Robinson on our YouTube channel. Kim Stanley Robinson is an American novelist, widely recognized as one of the foremost living writers of science fiction and increasingly, climate fiction. His work has been described as humanist or literary science fiction and his use of scientific accuracy and non-fiction descriptions places him in the hard sci-fi genre. Robinson has published more than 20 novels including his much honored "Mars trilogy", New York 2140 (02017), and The Ministry for the Future (02020). Robinson studied under Ursula K Le Guin and earned a Ph.D. in literature from UCSD with a dissertation on the works of Philip K. Dick.

1hr 7mins

27 Apr 2022

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How to Survive the Climate Crisis: an interview with Kim Stanley Robinson

Science & Wisdom LIVE

Our guest today is Kim Stanley Robinson, one of the greatest living science fiction writers and one of the few people to have developed a credible solution to the climate crisis. In this interview, he discusses with Scott Snibbe about transcendental experiences, Buddhism in his life and fiction, the outdoors as meditation, and the potentials for space exploration; but the main focus of this episode is the pressing issue of climate change. How can we survive the climate crisis, and what can every one of us do to help? This episode is the fruit of a collaboration between Science & Wisdom LIVE and A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment. A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment draws on modern science and psychology to bring the ancient inner science of Buddhist meditation to twenty-first century people hungry for happy, meaningful lives. Find out more: www.skepticspath.org ______ “Daily life can be devotional, if you treat the world as sacred” “We’re on the brink of starting a massive extinction event” “Humanity is an expression of Earth’s biosphere” “You should know your carbon burn the same way you know your weight on a scale” “Spend more time outdoors than you usually do. It’s great for you, and it’s fun!”  ______ Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer. He is the author of more than 20 books, including the international bestselling Mars trilogy: Red Mars,Green Mars, Blue Mars, and more recently Red Moon, New York 2140, and 2312, which was a New York Times bestseller nominated for all seven of the major science fiction awards—a first for any book. 2008 he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, and UC San Diego’s Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination.  Stanley Robinson has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy awards. In 2016 he was given the Heinlein Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction, and asteroid 72432 was named “Kimrobinson.” In 2017 he was given the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society. Find out more: https://www.kimstanleyrobinson.info/______ Science & Wisdom LIVE is a project of Jamyang London Buddhist Centre. Our events and podcasts explore the middle ground between science and contemplative wisdom, focusing on themes such as the ethics of artificial intelligence, gender equality, climate change, and the benefits of mindfulness and meditation for mental health. Find out more: www.sciwizlive.com

47mins

23 Mar 2022

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Kim Stanley Robinson on Solving the Climate Crisis, Buddhism, and the Power of Science Fiction

A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment

Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the greatest living science fiction writers, and one of the few people ever to have developed a credible solution to the climate crisis, which he describes in his latest novel, The Ministry for the Future. In this interview, we talk about climate change solutions, Buddhism in his life and work, sci-fi and cli-fi (climate fiction), colonizing Mars, the outdoors as meditation, and how to stay optimistic.104. Kim Stanley Robinson on Solving the Climate Crisis, Buddhism, and the Power of Science FictionSupport the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

50mins

15 Mar 2022

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Rising Tide #52 – Kim Stanley Robinson’s Science and Fiction

Rising Tide: The Ocean Podcast

We talk with world-renowned science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson about his life and his novels, including his last, ‘The Ministry for the Future’ that’s been widely hailed as both a riveting story and a plan for how we survive and transcend the climate emergency. We also talk about Ocean themes in his works from New York to California to light years beyond earth, plus his bodysurfing and his non-fiction memoir of years hiking the Sierras.  Rising Tide, the Ocean Podcast is co-hosted by Blue Frontier's David Helvarg and the Inland Ocean Coalition's Vicki Nichols-Goldstein. This podcast aims to give you information, inspiration and motivation (along with a few laughs) to help understand our ocean world and make it better. The ocean is rising, and so are we!Learn more at bluefront.org

38mins

6 Mar 2022

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Kim Stanley Robinson "Sci-Fi is a Metaphor for How Now Feels"

Manchester Green New Deal podcast

We spend a lot of time trying to divine futures that leads humanity away from climate breakdown and extinction but relying on reality can only take you so far.  This week we dive into the futuristic world of Sci-Fi with one of its giants, Kim Stanley Robinson. We discuss Stanley's latest book Ministry for the Future, an excellent vision of a path away from climate breakdown. We discuss his impetus for writing the novel,  where Cli-Fi sits in the Sci-Fi genre, the realities of his novel, and the path away from 2°C warming. LinksMinistry for the future https://www.orbitbooks.net/orbit-excerpts/the-ministry-for-the-future-chp-3/Help Angela Brown get elected for a Green New Deal in  West Heywood!https://www.facebook.com/Angela-Brown-for-West-Heywood-101636022463812/Joseph Vogl: the Ascendancy of Finance https://www.wiley.com/en-gb/The+Ascendancy+of+Finance-p-9781509509294lecture by Vogl on the book at Brown University https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuWUoD_ip5sGoverning by Debt by  Maurizio Lazzaratohttps://mitpress.mit.edu/books/governing-debtRiot Strike Riot by Joshua Cloverhttps://www.versobooks.com/books/2999-riot-strike-riotShoutoutsKen Macleod - excellent Sci-Fi writer  @amendlockeFrancis SpuffordAnother excellent writerArthur Turrell @arthurturrellArthur's article in the Guardian on nuclear fusion:theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/feb/13/power-stars-energy-needs-fusion-energy-industry If you like the show tell your comrades!Find us on:Twitter: @MCRGND_PODInsta: mcrgndpodFB: MCRGNDPODSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/mcrgndpod)

49mins

21 Feb 2022

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