Saturday, February 20, 2010

Kim Stanley Robinson

I have a love/hate relationship with the writings of Kim Stanley Robinson. His SF books are wonderfully detailed and intricate, in a way that just puts you in the story. That's pretty impressive when the story takes place in a coffee shop on Mars. His short story "Enough Is As Good As a Feast" (in The Martians) is one of the most wonderful vignettes I've ever read. On the other hand, he expresses a lot of hostility to Christianity. His Mars trilogy only had one Christian in it, and she was (of course) a hypocrite. The Years of Rice and Salt is an alt-history imagining what if all the Christians and Europeans had been killed by the Black Plague so the Buddhists and Muslims could rule the world. Try to imagine someone writing a similar storyline where any other religion or people group was snuffed out without the author being excoriated. Plus, as much as I love his detail, he often seems as if he's trying to show off how much he knows. It can get annoying when it's a topic that I have little to no interest in.

Anyway, long introduction to an interesting review of a book by and about Kim Stanley Robinson that's reviewed at Boing Boing.

1 comment:

sennet said...

The hostility to Christianity which you mention is entirely understandable, since Christian beliefs (like all religions) have, all through history and all over the world, generally resulted in oppression, torture, and war.

As to hypocrisy: in your own Bible you find your Christ (who was Jewish) telling you that Jewish customs and laws are fundamental and that Christ's coming does not change these laws and customs "one jot or tittle" -- so to be Christian you MUST be Jewish; this in unequivocal. Yet how many Christians admit this? And how many Christians claim their beliefs are based on "love" -- where is the love in the Jephtha story? There are many, many other similar points of hypocritical doctrine.

(Not to mention that Jesus never actually existed: The city of Nazareth where Jesus supposedly live most of his life was only founded in the second century, and the Romans, who like all Fascists were fanatical record-keepers, have no record at all of Jesus, which if he were actually officially executed as Christians claim, is extremely improbable. Again, there are many other lines of evidence showing quite clearly that the historical Jesus never existed.)

Anyway, apologies for the rant; but there should be some clarity on this point.