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.

Order of Three Californias Triptych Series

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

Order of Mars Trilogy Series

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

Order of Mars Collections

1The Martians 1999Description / Buy

Order of Capital Code/Science In The Capital Series

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

Order of Kim Stanley Robinson Standalone Novels

1Icehenge 1984Description / Buy
2The Memory of Whiteness 1985Description / Buy
3The Blind Geometer (Short Story) 1986Description / Buy
4A Short, Sharp Shock 1990Description / Buy
5Antarctica 1997Description / Buy
6The Years of Rice and Salt 2002Description / Buy
7The Lucky Strike (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy
8Galileo's Dream 2009Description / Buy
92312 2012Description / Buy
10Shaman 2013Description / Buy
11Aurora 2015Description / Buy
12Oral Argument (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
13Drowned Worlds 2016Description / Buy
14New York 2140 2017Description / Buy
15Red Moon 2018Description / Buy
16The Ministry for the Future 2020Description / Buy

Order of Kim Stanley Robinson Short Story Collections

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

Order of Kim Stanley Robinson Non-Fiction Books

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

Order of Kim Stanley Robinson Short Stories/Novellas

1Black Air 1983Description / Buy

Order of Nebula Awards Series

1Nebula Awards 1 ( By: Damon Knight) 1966Description / Buy
2Nebula Awards 2 ( By: Brian W. Aldiss, Harry Harrison) 1966Description / Buy
3Nebula Awards 3 ( By: Roger Zelazny) 1968Description / Buy
4Nebula Awards 4 ( By: Karen Anderson) 1968Description / Buy
5Nebula Awards 5 ( By: Alexei Panshin) 1969Description / Buy
6Nebula Awards 6 ( By: Thomas D. Clareson) 1971Description / Buy
7Nebula Awards 7 ( By: Theodore Sturgeon, Lloyd Biggle Jr.) 1972Description / Buy
8Nebula Awards 8 ( By: Isaac Asimov) 1973Description / Buy
9Nebula Awards 9 ( By: Kate Wilhelm) 1974Description / Buy
10Nebula Awards 10 ( By: James Gunn) 1975Description / Buy
11Nebula Awards 11 ( By: Ursula K. Le Guin, Craig Kee Strete) 1976Description / Buy
12Nebula Awards 14 ( By: Robin Malkin) 1980Description / Buy
13Nebula Awards 15 ( By: Frank Herbert) 1981Description / Buy
14Nebula Awards 16 1982Description / Buy
15Nebula Awards 17 ( By: Joe Haldeman) 1983Description / Buy
16Nebula Awards 19 ( By: Marta Randall) 1984Description / Buy
17Nebula Awards 20 ( By: George Zebrowski) 1985Description / Buy
18Nebula Awards 21 ( By: George Zebrowski) 1985Description / Buy
19Nebula Awards 22 ( By: George Zebrowski) 1988Description / Buy
20Nebula Awards 23 ( By: Michael Bishop) 1989Description / Buy
21Nebula Awards 24 ( By: Michael Bishop) 1990Description / Buy
22Nebula Awards 25 ( By: Michael Bishop) 1991Description / Buy
23Nebula Awards 26 ( By: James K. Morrow) 1992Description / Buy
24Nebula Awards 27 ( By: James K. Morrow) 1993Description / Buy
25Nebula Awards 28 ( By: James K. Morrow) 1994Description / Buy
26Nebula Awards 29 ( By: Pamela Sargent) 1995Description / Buy
27Nebula Awards 30 ( By: Pamela Sargent) 1996Description / Buy
28Nebula Awards 31 ( By: Pamela Sargent) 1997Description / Buy
29Nebula Awards 33 ( By: Connie Willis, Jane Yolen, Jerry Oltion, Nancy Kress) 1999Description / Buy
30Nebula Awards 34 (2000) ( By: Gregory Benford) 2000Description / Buy
31Nebula Awards 36 (2002) 2002Description / Buy
32Nebula Awards 37 (2003) ( By: Nancy Kress) 2003Description / Buy
33Nebula Awards 38 (2004) ( By: Vonda N. McIntyre) 2004Description / Buy
34Nebula Awards 39 (2005) ( By: Ruth Berman) 2005Description / Buy
35Nebula Awards 40 (2006) ( By: Christopher Rowe) 2006Description / Buy
36Nebula Awards 41 (2007) ( By: Mike Resnick) 2007Description / Buy
37Nebula Awards 42 (2008) ( By: Ben Bova, Ruth Berman) 2008Description / Buy
38Nebula Awards 43 (2009) ( By: Ellen Datlow) 2009Description / Buy
39Nebula Awards 44 (2010) ( By: Bill Fawcett) 2010Description / Buy
40Nebula Awards 45 (2011) ( By: Kevin J. Anderson) 2011Description / Buy
41Nebula Awards 46 (2012) ( By: John Kessel) 2012Description / Buy
42Nebula Awards 47 (2013) ( By: Catherine Asaro) 2013Description / Buy
43Nebula Awards 48 (2014) ( By: Kij Johnson) 2014Description / Buy
44Nebula Awards 50 (2016) ( By: Mercedes Lackey) 2016Description / Buy
45Nebula Awards 51 (2017) ( By: Julie E. Czerneda) 2017Description / Buy
46Nebula Awards 52 (2018) ( By: Jane Yolen) 2018Description / Buy
47Nebula Awards 53 (2019) 2019Description / Buy

Order of Future Earths Series with , Mike Resnick, Gregory Benford, Vernor Vinge, Bruce Sterling

1Under African Skies ( With: , Mike Resnick, Gregory Benford, Vernor Vinge, Bruce Sterling) 1993Description / Buy
2Under South American Skies ( By: Mike Resnick) 1993Description / Buy

Order of The Year's Best Science Fiction Series

1The Year's Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection 1986Description / Buy
2The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eleventh Annual Collection 1994Description / Buy
3The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection 1997Description / Buy

Kim Stanley Robinson Anthologies

1 Universe 131983Description / Buy
2 The Year's Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection1986Description / Buy
3 Under African Skies1993Description / Buy
4 Future Primitive1994Description / Buy
5 New Skies: An Anthology of Today's Science Fiction2003Description / Buy
6 I'm With the Bears2011Description / Buy
7 Field of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural2014Description / 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 Ministry for the Future and was released on October, 6th 2020.

1 thought on “Kim Stanley Robinson”

  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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