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Sociobiology in Science Fiction

A former member
Post #: 154

As the group will soon be turning its attention to the discipline of sociobiology, I thought that it might be of related interest to mention the impact that SB has had on literature.

Kim Stanley Robinson, probably best known for his "Mars" trilogy, has more recently authored another landmark trilogy "Science in the Capitol."

Most centrally, these novels concern global warming, or more accurately the very real potential for rapid, and catastrophic, climate change given our current economic trajectory.

But all of Robinson's novels weave a veritable carpet of themes, and SITC is no exception.

Here we encounter a character, Frank Vanderwahl, whose primary professional interest lies with sociobiology -- and what that discipline implies for, well, just about everything. And the way in which Robinson illuminates SB concepts in the context of Vanderwahl's assorted emotional struggles, including his assorted lusts, is really, really interesting.

Best,
Ken
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