How Is It That The Greatest Living Science Fiction Writer Has Only 41 Followers on Medium?

Adebayo Adeniran
3 min readJun 9

This revelation has me scratching my head…

Kim Stanley Robinson via Wikimedia Commons

Until Wednesday night, I had no idea that Kim Stanley Robinson existed.

If it weren’t for a new friend Joel Dinerstein whom I met in the most extraordinary circumstances a few days ago, I might have gone through life not having read or heard about Kim Stanley Robinson.

And that would have been profoundly tragic.

So who is Kim Stanley Robinson, I hear you ask?

An American writer who has written quite prolifically on Climate change and one who combines a well researched approach with a highly engaging style to story telling.

You will have read a plethora of articles from your favourites about the need to read widely to be a successful writer. Kim Stanley Robinson is living proof of this point.

There aren’t too many players here or anywhere else for that matter, who can fuse philosophy, finance, economics, history, politics and science into a highly readable work of fiction.

Such breadth of knowledge does not come from being around for thirty or forty years; it comes from spending a lifetime studying systems which affect the entirety of mankind in China, Japan, Afghanistan, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and other territories you might not have heard of.

For the benefit of all would be readers, there’s a highly compelling talk followed by a question and answer session with our protagonist in the footage below:

Given Mr. Robinson’s rare and extravagant gifts, I am somewhat astounded that a writer of his caliber isn’t shouted about from the rooftops.

There are writers like Michael Lewis, Daniel Kahneman, Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Malcolm Gladwell, whose body of work have changed the way we view the world. It is no exaggeration to state that Mr. Robinson falls into the same category.

Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible