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Encore: Kim Stanley Robinson on science fiction

Are you a science fiction fan? Today on Focus, we'll listen back to a conversation host Jim Meadows had with New York Times best-selling author Kim Stanley Robinson.

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(Duration: 51:32)

Robinson in August 2005, at the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Robinson in August 2005, at the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, United Kingdom. Wikimedia Commons

Kim Stanley Robinson’s interest in science fiction all in an orange grove. When he was young, he says he watched southern California suffer what he calls “future shock,” – a process by which the natural landscape was rapidly replaced with apartment buildings and roads. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Robinson about how that experience inspires his writing

Robinson also talks about his Mars Trilogy that depicts a society where people have colonized Mars to escape overpopulation and ecological disaster on Earth. We’ll hear how he imagined life on Mars and how he deals with questions of plausibility as he writes about future time.

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