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.