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April 1 Presidential Lecture Features Author Kim Stanley Robinson

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Hsb fb post memorial day wishesPresident Maurie McInnis will host a virtual conversation with award-winning science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson at the next Presidential Lecture on Monday, April 1.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is the second Presidential Lecture of  “Answering the Call: A Special Series on Climate Change,” and will be held at 5:30 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater.

Robinson has written more than 20 books whose works frequently explore environmental themes. His masterpiece, The Ministry for the Future, was selected as one of Barack Obama’s favorite books from 2020 and one of Bill Gates’ “5 Great Books for the Summer” in 2022. It explores the interplay of politics, technology and ethics in climate change.

Robinson’s work includes the international bestselling Mars trilogy, and more recently New York 2140, Aurora, Shaman, Green Earth, and 2312, which was a New York Times bestseller nominated for all seven of the major science fiction awards — a first for any book.

In 1995, the U.S. National Science Foundation invited Robinson to participate in its prestigious Antarctic Artists and Writers’ Program, and in 2008 he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine. Robinson’s most recent book, The High Sierra: A Love Story (May 2022), is a nonfiction exploration of his years spent hiking and camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Robinson works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, and UC San Diego’s Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. His work has been translated into 25 languages and won a dozen awards in five countries, including the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy awards. In 2016 he was given the Heinlein Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction, and asteroid 72432 was named “Kimrobinson.” In 2017, he was given the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society.

A prolific writer and speaker, his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington PostNewsweekNature, and Wired, among many others, and he has lectured at more than one hundred institutions over the last 25 years.

Guided by your questions, Robinson will talk about the urgency and impact of the climate crisis.

Seating is limited.  RSVP and Submit Questions by March 22.

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