Science fiction is a genre that enjoys huge cult popularity, and its power as a political tool should not be underestimated. Renowned science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson (USA), named ‘Hero of the Environment’ by Time Magazine, depicts the colonization of Mars in the face of ecological disaster on Earth in his Mars trilogy. Icelandic author and environmental activist Andri Snær Magnason’s award-winning novel The Dreamland examines the effects of heavy industry in Iceland. This panel will consider the role of literature in relation to the environmental issues that face all humans in current and future generations.
The Environment, the Future and the Future of Writing: Kim Stanley Robinson & Andri Snær Magnason
Moderator: Óttarr Proppé
In collaboration with Reykjavík, UNESCO City of Literature