Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma’s 2019 series “Wade in the Water,” concludes March 19th with Kim Stanley Robinson’s Forty Signs of Rain (2004)
6:30 PM in Room 151 of Walker Center
Petree College of Arts & Sciences, at NW 26th & N. Florida
Parking available in the lots to the north of the building.
Dr. Karen Schiler, Oklahoma City University English Department Chair, presents Forty Signs of Rain, by Kim Stanley Robinson. is the first book in the hard science fiction “Science in the Capital” trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson. (The following two novels are Fifty Degrees Below (2005) and Sixty Days and Counting (2007).) Robinson has been nicknamed the “Master of Disaster” for his description of natural disasters based partly on the contents of this book. The focus of the novel is the effects of global warming in the early decades of the 21st century. Its characters are mostly scientists, either involved in biotech research, assisting government members, or doing paperwork at the National Science Foundation (NSF). There are also several Buddhist monks working for the embassy of the fictional island nation of Khembalung.
The new theme “Wade in the Water” includes five books of fiction on the topic of water, ecology, and human experience. These works of fiction are all fairly contemporary and range in styles, including young adult, scifi, realism, and magical realism.
Books are available to borrow for free on a first-come, first-served basis, and anyone is welcome to participate. Books may be checked out in Room 207 of the Dulaney-Browne Library on campus. Participants are also welcome to attend with their own copies of the books. Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma is a program of Oklahoma Humanities.