Join preeminent science fiction author and environmentalist Kim Stanley Robinson for two talks about the environment, science and more at the Jesup Memorial Library. Robinson, who is a Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award winner, will be in conversation with author and astrophysicist Adam Frank on Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m. and then with Abe Miller-Rushing, the science coordinator at Acadia National Park, on Wednesday, July 24 at 7 p.m.
On July 11, Robinson and Frank, the author of “Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth” will discuss topics including astrobiology, the chances of finding life in the universe, what humanity will do in space. “Light of the Stars” explores the possibilities of life on other worlds and their sudden relevance to our fate on a climate-changed Earth.
The discussion on July 24, with Robinson and Miller-Rushing will talk about Henry David Thoreau as well as his role as a citizen scientist, whose data is still used today. They will also discuss Miller-Rushing’s work on assisted migration, which includes experiments in Acadia and Miller-Rushing’s work with citizen scientists. Robinson was a contributor to “Naming Mt. Thoreau” a book about the efforts of writers, including Robinson, to name an unnamed peak in the Sierra Nevada’s after Thoreau.
Robinson is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed “Forty Signs of Rain,” “The Years of Rice and Salt “and “2312.” His newest book “Red Moon” is a novel about space exploration and political revolution. In 2008, he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. Robinson is a member of the Jesup Memorial Library’s honorary committee.