American science fiction writer, Kim Stanley Robinson, best known for his award winning "Mars" trilogy, joins Lucy Sussex at the Melbourne Writers Festival to discuss the inspiration for his work and the problems facing planet Earth.
Robinson explains to his audience why it is important for everyone to know about science, especially in the face of the climate change crisis.
It's a subject very close to the author's heart: virtually all of Robinson's novels have an ecological component with sustainability being one of his major themes.
Robinson also defends science fiction, believing it deserves more attention by literary awards such as the Booker Prize.
After all, if one of his favourite authors Virginia Woolf was a science fiction fan, why can't contemporary literary audiences appreciate the genre more?
Kim Stanley Robinson is an American Science Fiction writer best known for the multi-award winning "Mars" trilogy.
Other books include "The Years of Rice and Salt" and his latest book "Galileo's Dream".
In 2008 Kim Stanley Robinson was listed as the TIME "Hero of the Environment".
Lucy Sussex is a New Zealand born writer, researcher and editor. Sussex has published many short stories and a few novels, including "The Scarlet Rider" which won the Ditmar, Best Novel in 1997. She currently writes a review column for "The West Australian" and "The Sunday Age".