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Robinson on “Comparative Planetology”

Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest trilogy, Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, and Sixty Days and Counting, are all about climate change radically altering the Earth. The architecture blog BLDG BLOG has an interview with him which discusses his rather literal world-building:

One thing about Mars is that it’s a radically impoverished landscape. You start with nothing – the bare rock, the volatile chemicals that are needed for life, some water, and an empty landscape. That makes it a kind of gigantic metaphor, or modeling exercise, and it gives you a way to imagine the fundamentals of what we’re doing here on Earth. I find it is a very good thing to begin thinking that we are terraforming Earth – because we are, and we’ve been doing it for quite some time. We’ve been doing it by accident, and mostly by damaging things. In some ways, there have been improvements, in terms of human support systems, but there’s still so much damage, damage that’s gone unacknowledged or ignored, even when all along we knew it was happening. People kind of shrug and think: a) there’s nothing we can do about it, or b) maybe the next generation will be clever enough to figure it out. So on we go.

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Posted in Books & Authors January 3rd, 2008 by Chip
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