FDL Book Salon Welcomes Kim Stanley Robinson, Shaman

By: Sunday September 22, 2013 1:59 pm

What a treat for us to once again have Kim Stanley Robinson as our guest for the Firedoglake Book Salon. Many of you will remember our discussion last year of Robinson’s 2312 in which he took us 300 years into the future all the while teaching us so much about this very moment. In his new novel, Shaman, he takes us 30,000 years back, to Pleistocene times, the Ice Age, a transitional time in the long slow evolution of humans and our earth home. And yet, while the time zones differ dramatically, the heart of this new novel is very close to that of 2312 and again, to this moment of now.

Shaman tells the story of Loon, a young shaman in the making.


Inventing the Future With 100 Year Starship (#100YSS Friday)

By: Saturday September 21, 2013 3:50 pm

Can we steer humanity away from environmental collapse, austerity, and war with a dream of a new tomorrow?

I Went and Looked at the Moon Last Night

By: Sunday August 26, 2012 6:00 pm

Unless you have been stuck under a rock, you probably know that Neil Armstrong died yesterday. In July 1969, I, like so many millions of others, watched as he made “One small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind.” (I am using the words as he said he spoke them rather than how we heard them as I can fully appreciate how there could be a comm drop – as should anyone who has had a phone drop the occasional word.)

That summer, I was 17 years old and about to start my senior year in high school. Vietnam was still raging; Richard Nixon had been president for only a few months, and I had all my life and the world in front of me.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Kim Stanley Robinson, 2312

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 1:59 pm

In 2312, Robinson has taken us 300 years into the future, shifting beyond the near times of most of his works to a time when the consequences of our actions now play out in a devastated yet still home planet Earth. And Robinson reminds us, when 2312’s lead character Swan heads from her home Mercury to Earth of the wonder of our own planet, a wonder we forget and destroy with our current actions

The Decline of Nations and the Climate Crisis

By: Sunday June 24, 2012 9:30 am

As they stand today, the world’s governments are incapable of addressing the global climate crisis in time to moderate the coming catastrophe. That is just an unhappy fact.

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