Watch Live: Sci-Fi Author Kim Stanley Robinson on Climate Change And Staying Afloat in a Drowned New York
The acclaimed sci-fi author talks to Motherboard about his new novel 'New York 2140', set in a realistically flooded—but still thriving—Gotham.
Join us today for a special live edition of the Radio Motherboard podcast featuring sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson, whose sweeping new novel New York 2140 depicts our own home city after climate change has flooded large parts of it, yet is still crowded with skyscrapers and people from all walks of life. We'll be broadcasting the interview on our Facebook page starting around 10:15 AM ET and taking questions from the comments.
Whatever you think the future looks like, there's a good chance Robinson has written about it.
Long before Elon Musk started publicly describing his plans for colonizing Mars, Robinson wrote a whole trilogy of novels about it. Before NASA said it wanted to lasso an asteroid, Robinson depicted a whole solar system of hollowed-out asteroid spaceships in his opus 2312. Are you worried about a global thermonuclear war in the wake of Trump and North Korea's saber rattling? Robinson wrote about the world after such an event back in 1984 with The Wild Shore.
Throughout his work, Robinson has also repeatedly addressed the subjects of climate change, conservation, and humankind's difficult relationship with the environment. These subjects are also major pillars of his new novel New York 2140, where despite a massive sea-level rise, New York remains a rich tapestry of humanity, from hyper rich Wall Street traders to homeless street-dwelling—or rather, canal-dwelling—youth. When two programmers suddenly vanish from their rooftop apartment at the Metropolitan Life building, a widely diverse collection of characters of all income levels and walks of life find themselves sucked into the mystery.
Head over to our Facebook page at 10:15 AM ET to watch and ask your questions.
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