I'm a big fan of Kim Stanley Robinson's books, and as with musical interests, I like to know who their influences are.

The problem is this: His work is quite distinct, and I can't find any conceptual or style connections in the rest of my (admittedly limited) sci-fi knowledge.

Although speculation is welcome (in comments), I'd appreciate a cited answers I can confidently tick.

  • Can you make the topic be "Who/What are Kim Stanley Robinson's Influences? – PearsonArtPhoto Jan 22 '11 at 1:25
  • @Pearonartphoto: Good call – Stu Pegg Jan 22 '11 at 13:14

I think it's safe to assume that Philip Dick was a major influence on him, given his Doctoral Thesis. Also, there's an LA Times article which discusses his childhood reading "Asimov, and later Ursula K. Le Guin, Samuel R. Delany and Gene Wolfe".

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