Short stories by Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Green Earth2312, and Aurora. His work has been translated into 25 languages. His most recent novel, The Ministry for the Future, imagines a new transnational agency that advocates for the rights of future generations amidst escalating climate chaos, with a particular focus on radical technological interventions to address collapsing glaciers and other tipping-point phenomena, and on restructuring the world’s economic system with a new set of constraints and incentives. He was sent to the Antarctic by the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers’ Program in 1995, and returned as part of their Antarctic media program in 2016. In 2008, he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute and the Clarion Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Davis, California.

Listing 10 stories.

After being offered a 100,000 pound advance to write a book on the twentieth century, a historian/writer struggling with depression takes to London to begin this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

In an apocalyptic far future, a man is trapped in an infinite loop of dreams.

An orphaned young man is impressed into the Spanish armada, where he finds a new life among death.

An art-gallery owner reluctantly accompanies his amoral detective friend as they investigate a murder in Mercury’s art community, ultimately uncovering a scheme of deception and forgery in this futuristic take on Sherlock Holmes.

In a futuristic society, humans are bred and raised to be frozen as sculptures and displayed at art museums — until one attendee decides to set them free.

On a lunar outpost, a group of coworkers pass the time by making historical movies and debating whether history is the product of individual efforts or of the nebulous interactions of everyday people. The stakes of the debate become all too real, however, when a breach of the base requires one of the friends to prove his heroic mettle.

After a man suffers from an accident that requires a futuristic surgery to help him grow his lost brain matter back, he goes on a trip with his two oldest friends through the Sierras. Ridge running across the mountains, he tries to recover the memories and knowledge he lost.

A bombardier is selected to drop an atomic bomb on Japan, but he is morally opposed to his assignment.

An enslaved lunar miner journeys with his friends from the center of the moon to its surface, seeking the destruction of the oppressive city above and a glimpse of the void beyond the mines.

A local sailor in Venice is upset by the irreverence exhibited by tourists—and it gets him into immense danger.