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Kim Stanley Robinson is an American ScienceFiction writer, best known for his ''Literature/RedMarsTrilogy''. His books combine strong science with powerful social themes. Ecology and sustainability are common recurring elements in his work.

Robinson came as close as you could get to having a [=PhD=] in Science Fiction: his doctoral dissertation in English was on the novels of Creator/PhilipKDick.

His first novel, ''The Wild Shore'' (published the same year as his dissertation) was personally selected by legendary SF editor Terry Carr as the lead for a new series of noteworthy first novels that Carr was preparing for Ace books. The series, and Robinson, were a big hit, and the novel soon turned into a trilogy, with sequels ''The Gold Coast'' and ''Pacific Edge'' filling out his "Three Californias" sequence.

It was his ''Literature/RedMarsTrilogy'', however, that moved Robinson to the top tier of SF writers. The three books earned nearly a dozen major SF awards internationally between them, including the Hugo, Nebula, Seiun (Japan), and Ignotus (Spain).
!! Works with a page on this wiki:
* ''Literature/RedMarsTrilogy'' (''Red Mars'' (1993), ''Green Mars'' (1994), ''Blue Mars'' (1996))
* ''Literature/TheYearsOfRiceAndSalt'' (2002)

!! Selected other works:
* The Three Californias trilogy
** ''The Wild Shore'' (1984)
** ''The Gold Coast'' (1988)
** ''Pacific Edge'' (1990)
* ''Icehenge'' (1984)
* ''The Memory of Whiteness'' (1985)
* ''Antarctica'' (1997)
* ''Science in the Capital'' series
** ''Forty Signs of Rain'' (2004)
** ''Fifty Degrees Below'' (2005)
** ''Sixty Days and Counting'' (2007)
* ''Galileo's Dream'' (2009)
* ''2312'' (2012)
* ''Aurora'' (2015)
!! Tropes in his other works:
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: ''Galileo's Dream'' has Galileo visited by time travelers who show him how life is doing on the colonies of the Galilean Moons.
* CassandraTruth: ''Icehenge'' plays with this. [[spoiler:It's unclear whether the first third of the book is narrative or excerpts from a document that may or may not be contradicted by the rest of the novel.]]
* CasualInterplanetaryTravel: In ''2312'', a trip from Mercury to Pluto via terrarium (hollowed-out asteroids containing largely self-sufficient biospheres) is measured in weeks. Relatively fast, but still leading some of those travelling to get temp jobs for the duration.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: ''Pacific Edge''. Kevin Claiborne does not get Ramona; instead, she goes back to her {{Jerkass}} boyfriend, Alfredo.
* DeathFromAbove: In ''2312'', most of the bases around the solar system have advanced systems to detect and protect them from meteor strikes. But they can't see the "pebble mob" - lots of tiny rocks launched independently [[ImprobableAimingSkills with exact precision from millions of miles away]], to land on the same spot at the same time.
* DoomsdayClock: In ''[[ThreeCaliforniasTrilogy The Gold Coast]]'', where it's about 2050 AD and the UsefulNotes/ColdWar is still going on, one character mentions that the Doomsday Clock has been set at three seconds to midnight for several decades.
* GenerationShips: ''Aurora'' is chiefly set on a generation ship, which is approaching the end of its voyage at the start of the book. A major theme of the book is [[spoiler:the fact that while the original generation-ship crew may have consented to their risky mission, their children don't get a choice.]]
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Subverted in the post-apocalyptic novel, ''The Wild Shore''. [[WastelandElder Tom]] gets a [[IncurableCoughOfDeath cough]] but doesn't die.
* MercurialBase: ''2312'' starts on Mercury, with the city on tracks, following the border between day and night so it doesn't get ''too'' hot ''or'' too cold.
* MysteriousAntarctica: ''Antarctica''. In this TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture world, secret communities in Antarctica are carrying out piracy and environmental terrorism in order to discourage mining and oil exploitation.
* ThePowerOfRock: In ''The Memory of Whiteness'', the connection between mathematics and music is taken to extremes. The world's greatest physicist has also built the world's greatest musical instrument, and some people who believe that [[spoiler: if you are the controller of this majestic instrument, you have some say over a controllable, deterministic version of spacetime]] would very much like to, uh, convert the Master of the Orchestra...
* WastelandElder: Tom Barnard from ''The Wild Shore'' is the only member of the post-apocalyptic South Orange County community who remembers the Old Days before TheWar.
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