Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson

American Science Fiction Writer; Author of Mars Trilogy

Imagining Possible Worlds Wednesday, April 9, 2014 @ 7:30pm Town Center, Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St.

The Center for the Humanities, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and To the Best of Our Knowledge present Imagining Possible Worlds, a conversation about literature, science, and the future.

Renowned science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson, WID Director David Krakauer, Literary Scholar Monique Allewaert and TTBOOK producer and WID Distinguished Scholar Steve Paulson will explore how humanists, scientists, and writers bring distinct but overlapping approaches to universal questions about shared global interests, ranging from climate change and geo-engineering to creating more egalitarian and sustainable societies, and how science fiction can help us imagine the future.

At the event, Robinson will announce the winning entries of the Three Minute Futures flash science fiction contest. The winning entries, dramatized for radio, will premiere at the symposium and will air on To The Best Of Our Knowlege the weekend of April 12.

Robinson will be available to sign books after the event. Book sales will be handled by A Room of One's Own Bookstore. The restaurant, Steenbock's on Orchard, located on the first floor of the Discovery Building, will be open for drinks and a late dinner seating after the event as well.

More about the Panelists:

Kim Stanley Robinson

Robinson is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author best-known for his Mars Trilogy. His most recent book Shaman explores the political and cultural dynamics of society during the Ice Age, before the invention of writing.

David Krakauer

Krakauer is the director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, co-director for the Center for Complexity and Collective Computation, professor of genetics at UW-Madison, and external professor at the Santa Fe Institute. His research focuses on the evolutionary history of information processing mechanisms in adaptive systems.

Monique Allewaert

Allewaert is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her first book Ariel’s Ecology: Plantations, Personhood, and Colonialism in the American Tropics (Minnesota, 2013) shows how the cultural forms of Afro- and Anglo-Americans in the American tropics presume what we might call an ecological mode of personhood. Allewaert serves on the editorial boards of American Literature and Resilience and has co-edited a Special Issue of American Literature focused on Ecocriticism (2012). Currently she is writing a book that integrates empiricist theories, materialisms, and ecocriticism to offer a new account of figure and figuration in 18th- and 19th-century writing.


Steve Paulson

Paulson is the executive producer and an interviewer with To the Best of Our Knowledge. Paulson has written for Salon, Slate, Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Independent, and other publications. His radio reports have also been broadcast on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.” His recent book, Atoms and Eden: Conversations on Religion and Science, was published by Oxford University Press.