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Sat Apr 10, 2021, 04:17 PM

Kim Stanley Robinson's 'Ministry For The Future' is a brilliant, moving vision of where we can go.

The one thing about this author -- every book of his that I read, I learn a great deal from.

This NYT bestselling author lives in my town. I've managed to have dinner with him a few times, courtesy of a friend of mine that hangs with the Mars Society. KSR is a down-to-earth human, but he's also overly intelligent and too well-informed to just 'hang out' with. I consider myself intelligent, but I found the dinners sort of like sitting down across a table from a high-powered searchlight. Engaging and exhausting. Just wow.

He's -- a serious mind. He spends his time around working scientists from all over the world, and he's married to a famous UC Davis geneticist. His speculative fiction rings with research and hard fact. I love his style. 'Galileo's Dream' is always with me. It's just beautiful writing. True art. An important part of my life.

'Ministry For The Future' is the newest and best of his climate-change thrillers, full of international political/financial intrigue and desperate science bound up in the incredible drama of climate change that's going to push humanity to the edge of extinction. It's dark, deep, and hopeful. Visionary. No one else could pull something like this off. Hard to explain this novel properly without spoiling it. Uplifting. I so want us to find ourselves on the path he creates. I loved it.

I feel uplifted. Educated. Entertained. Read it. Steal it if you have to. So good. This artist is peaking.

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Reply Kim Stanley Robinson's 'Ministry For The Future' is a brilliant, moving vision of where we can go. (Original post)
byronius Apr 10 OP
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Response to byronius (Original post)

Sat Apr 10, 2021, 05:06 PM

1. Hmmm. Looks interesting. I just put it on reserve at my library.

For me Robinson has been hit or miss for his various novels.

I wonder if he does science fiction cons.

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Sat Apr 10, 2021, 05:09 PM

2. I just finished it. It took some doing but I think it was worth the read. NT

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Sat Apr 10, 2021, 05:25 PM

3. I read it pretty soon after it came out.

Like you, I admire KSR a great deal. Unlike you, I've never met him. Really cool that you've had the chance to sit down with the man!

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Sat Apr 10, 2021, 05:28 PM

4. Kick for speculative fiction.

Read good. Fire ouch.

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Sat Apr 10, 2021, 05:39 PM

5. Kim Stanley Robinson irritates the hell out of me...

... but it doesn't mean I don't buy his books.

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Sat Apr 10, 2021, 05:45 PM

6. hi. i will look into it.

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Sat Apr 10, 2021, 05:53 PM

7. He's one of my favorites

This one is definitely on my list.

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