Climate & Kim Stanley Robinson

Via the always enjoyable World Changing, I came across a fascinating interview in the Guardian with Kim Stanley Robinson, one of my favorite current science fiction authors. He’s about to release a new novel, the second in a trilogy dealing with global warming and climate change. Fifty Degrees Below sounds enticing, especially after reading Mr. Robinson’s response to a question about U.S. culpability in global warming:

“I think the US is in a terrible state of denial,” he says firmly. “Worse than that, we seem to be caught in a kind of Gotterdammerung response: we’d rather have the world go down in flames than change our lifestyle or admit we’re wrong. Even here in California, 50% of cars on the freeway are SUVs, and they’re political statements: they say, we’re going to take the rest of the world down with us because we don’t give a damn.

Boy, you can say that again mister. There is a strong nihilistic streak in American culture, a morbid fascination with our own destruction. Movies, books, television, music, art, and science, the currents are easy to pick out.

Let me plug another fascinating interview with Mr. Robinson, this one from several years ago, following the release of his alternate history novel, The Years of Rice and Salt.