Kim Stanley Robinson is a science fiction writer who has published 14 novels and four story collections. His works have been translated into 23 languages and earned literary awards in four languages, including science fiction’s Hugo and Nebula Awards. He was named a Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment" in 2008.
Robinson was a member of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers’ Program, and works frequently with the University of California at Davis, the University of California at San Diego, the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop and the Sequoia Parks Foundation. His articles and stories have been published in Nature, The New York Times, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report and Wired.
His latest novel sequence, Science In the Capital (Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, and Sixty Days and Counting) describes a near future in which the federal government, and everyone else, tries to deal with abrupt climate change.
Robinson lives in Davis, California, with his wife, environmental chemist Lisa Nowell, and his sons, David and Tim. His presentation during the conference is dedicated to the memory of Dr. William Burling, former professor of English at Missouri State and noted author.