New Kim Stanley Robinson novel takes on climate change
Sept. 26, 2017
Science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel, “New York 2140,” takes place in a New York City that is mostly underwater, due to rising sea levels.
Robinson is known for his political and ecological themes, and “New York 2140” is no different. The book looks at ways the world adapts to climate change in a scientifically grounded manner, although scientists argue sea levels will not rise as high as fifty feet by 2140, as Robinson suggests in his book.
Robinson believes all science fiction writing is political in nature, as it requires the author to imagine a future based on political hypotheticals. In “New York 2140,” for example, Robinson imagines a world where society ignores climate change until its consequences are unavoidable.