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Kim Stanley Robinson: Why COP26 Invited a Science Fiction Writer

Being interested in the future is distinctively human. A quick fictional visit there can turn utopian.

Illustration: Viktor Hachmang for Bloomberg Green

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In November, if all goes well, I will take part in the most important climate talks in six years as a speaker in some associated activities—as, in fact, a science fiction writer. Probably I’m not the only person who finds this a little bizarre. Probably it’s happening because actual delegates to the high-stakes deliberations over warming temperatures will have read my novel The Ministry for the Future, which depicts high-stakes deliberations over warming temperatures.