Kim Stanley Robinson Books

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Author Kim Stanley Robinson’s work has been labeled as literary science fiction. In the mid seventies, he got a B.A. In literature from the University of California-San Diego and the year after, earned an M.A. In English from Boston University. He also has a PhD in English, for which he wrote his doctoral thesis on the novels of Philip K. Dick (that later was published in hardback book form) after a professor recommended Dick’s work to him. Besides writing fiction, he has sold books and taught composition and other classes at the college level. With his wife, Lisa (who is an environmental chemist), he has two sons; the couple got married in 1982. He has lived in various places throughout his life, these places include: Washington, D.C., Switzerland, and California. Robinson says that he enjoys backpacking through the Sierras. Robinson was born in Waukegan, Illinois in late March of 1952.

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Order of Three Californias Triptych Series

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1 The Wild Shore 1984 Description / Buy
2 The Gold Coast 1988 Description / Buy
3 Pacific Edge 1990 Description / Buy

Order of Mars Trilogy Series

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1 Red Mars 1993 Description / Buy
2 Green Mars 1994 Description / Buy
3 Blue Mars 1996 Description / Buy

Order of Mars Collections

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1 The Martians 1999 Description / Buy

Order of Capital Code/Science In The Capital Series

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1 Forty Signs of Rain 2004 Description / Buy
2 Fifty Degrees Below 2005 Description / Buy
3 Sixty Days and Counting 2007 Description / Buy
4 Green Earth 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Kim Stanley Robinson Standalone Novels

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1 Icehenge 1984 Description / Buy
2 The Memory of Whiteness 1985 Description / Buy
3 The Blind Geometer (Short Story) 1986 Description / Buy
4 A Short, Sharp Shock 1990 Description / Buy
5 Antarctica 1997 Description / Buy
6 The Years of Rice and Salt 2002 Description / Buy
7 Galileo's Dream 2009 Description / Buy
8 2312 2012 Description / Buy
9 Shaman 2013 Description / Buy
10 Aurora 2015 Description / Buy
11 Oral Argument (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
12 Drowned Worlds 2016 Description / Buy
13 New York 2140 2017 Description / Buy
14 Red Moon 2018 Description / Buy
15 The Ministry for the Future 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Kim Stanley Robinson Short Story Collections

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1 The Planet on the Table 1986 Description / Buy
2 Escape From Kathmandu 1989 Description / Buy
3 Remaking History and Other Stories 1991 Description / Buy
4 Down and Out in the Year 2000 1992 Description / Buy
5 The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson 2001 Description / Buy
6 Vinland the Dream and Other Stories 2002 Description / Buy
7 Stan's Kitchen 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Kim Stanley Robinson Non-Fiction Books

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1 The Novels of Philip K. Dick 1984 Description / Buy
2 Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction 2014 Description / Buy
3 The High Sierra 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Kim Stanley Robinson Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Black Air (Short Story) 1983 Description / Buy
2 Green Mars (novella; in Asimov's) (Short Story) 1985 Description / Buy
3 Mother Goddess of the World (in Asimov's) (Short Story) 1987 Description / Buy

Order of Nebula Awards Series

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1 Nebula Awards 1 ( By: Damon Knight) 1966 Description / Buy
2 Nebula Awards 4 ( By: Karen Anderson) 1968 Description / Buy
3 Nebula Awards 5 ( By: Alexei Panshin) 1969 Description / Buy
4 Nebula Awards 22 ( By: George Zebrowski) 1988 Description / Buy
5 Nebula Awards 39 (2005) ( By: Ruth Berman) 2005 Description / Buy
6 Nebula Awards 46 (2012) ( By: John Kessel) 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Outspoken Authors Series

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1 The Human Front (Short Story) ( By: Ken MacLeod) 2001 Description / Buy
2 The Left Left Behind (Short Story) ( By: Terry Bisson, Eleanor Arnason) 2009 Description / Buy
3 Lucky Strike 2009 Description / Buy
4 The Underbelly (Short Story) ( By: Gary Phillips, Eleanor Arnason) 2010 Description / Buy
5 Mammoths of the Great Plains (Short Story) ( By: Eleanor Arnason) 2010 Description / Buy
6 The Wild Girls (Short Story) ( By: Ursula K. Le Guin, Eleanor Arnason) 2011 Description / Buy
7 Modem Times 2.0 (Short Story) ( By: Michael Moorcock, Eleanor Arnason) 2011 Description / Buy
8 The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (Short Story) ( By: Cory Doctorow, Eleanor Arnason) 2011 Description / Buy
9 Report from Planet Midnight (Short Story) ( By: Nalo Hopkinson, Eleanor Arnason) 2012 Description / Buy
10 The Science of Herself (Short Story) ( By: Karen Joy Fowler, Eleanor Arnason) 2013 Description / Buy
11 Patty Hearst & The Twinkie Murders: A Tale of Two Trials (Short Story) ( By: Eleanor Arnason, Paul Krassner) 2013 Description / Buy
12 New Taboos ( By: John Shirley) 2013 Description / Buy
13 Raising Hell (Short Story) ( By: Norman Spinrad, Eleanor Arnason) 2014 Description / Buy
14 My Life, My Body (Short Story) ( By: Marge Piercy) 2015 Description / Buy
15 Gypsy ( By: Carter Scholz, Eleanor Arnason) 2015 Description / Buy
16 Miracles Ain't What They Used to Be ( By: Joe R. Lansdale, Eleanor Arnason) 2016 Description / Buy
17 Fire. (Short Story) ( By: Elizabeth Hand, Eleanor Arnason) 2017 Description / Buy
18 Totalitopia (Short Story) ( By: John Crowley) 2017 Description / Buy
19 The Atheist in the Attic (Short Story) ( By: Samuel R. Delany, Eleanor Arnason) 2018 Description / Buy
20 Thoreau's Microscope (Short Story) ( By: Michael Blumlein, Eleanor Arnason) 2018 Description / Buy
21 The Beatrix Gates (Short Story) ( By: Rachel Pollack) 2019 Description / Buy
22 A City Made of Words (Short Story) ( By: Paul Park) 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Universe Series

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1 Universe 1 ( By: Terry Carr) 1971 Description / Buy
2 Universe 2 ( By: Terry Carr) 1972 Description / Buy
3 Universe 3 ( By: Terry Carr) 1973 Description / Buy
4 Universe 4 ( By: Terry Carr) 1974 Description / Buy
5 Universe 5 ( By: Terry Carr) 1974 Description / Buy
6 Universe 6 ( By: John Shirley, Terry Carr) 1976 Description / Buy
7 Universe 7 ( By: Terry Carr) 1977 Description / Buy
8 Universe 8 ( By: Terry Carr) 1978 Description / Buy
9 Universe 9 ( By: John Shirley, Terry Carr) 1979 Description / Buy
10 Universe 10 ( By: Terry Carr) 1980 Description / Buy
11 Universe 11 ( With: William Gibson, Michael Swanwick, Carter Scholz, Michael Bishop, Ian Watson, Nancy Kress, Carol Emshwiller, Josephine Saxton, Terry Carr) 1981 Description / Buy
12 Universe 12 ( By: Terry Carr) 1982 Description / Buy
13 Universe 13 ( With: Lucius Shepard, Michael Bishop, Ian Watson, Terry Carr, Bruce Sterling, Leanne Frahm, Bill Bickel) 1983 Description / Buy
14 Universe 14 ( By: Terry Carr) 1984 Description / Buy
15 Universe 15 ( By: Terry Carr) 1985 Description / Buy
16 Universe 16 ( By: Terry Carr) 1986 Description / Buy
17 Universe 17 ( By: Terry Carr) 1987 Description / Buy

Kim Stanley Robinson Anthologies

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1 Universe 11 1981 Description / Buy
2 Nebula Awards 16 1982 Description / Buy
3 Universe 13 1983 Description / Buy
4 Great Tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction 1985 Description / Buy
5 Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, April 1986 1986 Description / Buy
6 Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, August 1987 1987 Description / Buy
7 The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixth Annual Collection 1989 Description / Buy
8 Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, April 1990 1990 Description / Buy
9 Isaac Asimov's Mars 1991 Description / Buy
10 Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, April 1991 1991 Description / Buy
11 Isaac Asimov's Earth 1992 Description / Buy
12 Under African Skies 1993 Description / Buy
13 Future Primitive 1994 Description / Buy
14 Isaac Asimov's Moons 1997 Description / Buy
15 Asimov's Science Fiction, June 1999 1999 Description / Buy
16 Year's Best SF 5 2000 Description / Buy
17 Nebula Awards 36 (2002) 2002 Description / Buy
18 The Mammoth Book Of Science Fiction 2002 Description / Buy
19 New Skies: An Anthology of Today's Science Fiction 2003 Description / Buy
20 The Hard SF Renaissance 2003 Description / Buy
21 Future Crimes 2003 Description / Buy
22 Future Washington 2005 Description / Buy
23 I'm With the Bears 2011 Description / Buy
24 Lightspeed Magazine, April 2012 2012 Description / Buy
25 Field of Fantasies 2014 Description / Buy
26 Loosed Upon the World 2015 Description / Buy
27 Some of the Best from, 2015 edition 2016 Description / Buy
28 Nebula Awards 53 (2019) 2019 Description / Buy
29 Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination 2022 Description / Buy
30 Democracy in a Hotter Time 2023 Description / Buy
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Kim Stanley Robinson is probably best known for writing the “Mars” trilogy that he has been given awards for. He has written other novel series (“Three Californias” and “Science in the Capital”) and other stand alone novels and short stories and non fiction. Robinson explores the effects of over developing the planet and his characters often times try to preserve and make better the environment around them. His work also shows scientists as regular people doing regular things (not as action heroes), but also as the protagonists.


Kim Stanley Robinson has won many awards for his various stories and novels that he has written. He has won the Locus, John W. Campbell Award, Hugo for best novel, Nebula for Best Novel, and the World Fantasy Award. He has won each of these multiple times as well as others as well. Time has named him “Hero of the Environment” for the way he looks to future and his views.


For those of you who would like to get into Kim Stanley Robinson’s work, this section will help with that. It will talk about the novels: “Red Mars”, “Forty Signs of Rain”, and “Icehenge”.

Red Mars: The first novel in the “Mars” trilogy that was released in the year 1993. Sandstorms sweep the landscape and have for many moons. This is life on Mars for humans. Humans have been trying to make the planet more habitable. A group of one hundred, in the year 2026, are about to do just that. John, Frank, Arkady, and Maya lead a mission of terraforming. For some the planet is something they are passionate about, but others are only interested in what they can take. For others there is a chance to bring to life a biomedical miracle. Something that could change all that we know about life and death.

Forty Signs of Rain: The first novel in the “Science in the Capital” series that was released in the year 2004. The Arctic ice pack has lost half of its thickness in about fifty years. After that, it started breaking, and things start getting hotter and hotter. Charlie Quibler (who is a Senate environmental staffer) takes care of his son and has to work with the headache that is global warming. He must get people to skeptical about the whole thing to do anything about the problem to act before it is too late. That is, before the whole world is a swamp. His wife (Anna) has a more rational approach, she works at the National Science Foundation. There is a technology to solve the growing problem, but there is a fight going on to control the machinery.

Icehenge: This novel is a stand alone work and was released in the year 1984. This novel explores some of the same things that the “Mars” trilogy does, although this novel was published a decade earlier than those novels. It is broken up into three parts and cover three different time periods. Part one is an engineer’s diary who gets caught up in a political revolution in 2248 on Mars. In part two, an archaeologist finds the diary three centuries later, and someone finds an odd monument on Pluto’s north pole. In the third part, the great grandson of the archaeologist who found the diary tries to figure out whether or not the monument and the engineer’s diary were left by a wealthy recluse who lives in the orbit of Saturn.

When Does The Next Kim Stanley Robinson book come out?

Kim Stanley Robinson doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The High Sierra and was released on May, 10th 2022. It is the newest book in the Kim Stanley Robinson Non-Fiction Books.

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  1. KSR is one of the best science ficition writers out there and a real legend in the industry. Some of his books can be real dense with science that is a turnoff to some people, but I urge you to give him a chance. The best “starter” book is probably Shaman which covers the past instead of the future. The descriptions of stone age technology are more interesting than tedious and don’t suffer from the “how this might work in the future” stuff that it does in other books. Set in the ice-age, about 30,000 years ago in what is now France this book tells the story of primitive modern humans in their fight for survival.

    KSR isn’t for everyone, but if you like Shaman you might like his other books as well. The “cli-fi” (climate fiction) books are really good reads so check those out if you like Shaman.

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