To Mr. Robinson: I haven't read any of your books. I'm writing to let you know that at this point, I don't plan to. Why would I do this? Because based on what I've seen in your reviews and awards, you seem like a good guy and an excellent writer. My sister recommended you to me. I was perusing reviews and trying to decide which of your books to try first and stumbled into the reviews for your global warming book. Here's the part where I just can't bring myself to read the book: hundreds of climatologists disagree that we are even having global warming. Others disagree on the cause. I'm not a writer - but I am a reader. A key factor in readable science fiction is plausibility. After I got deeper into the reviews, I notice that several people have taken note that you seem to have an antithesis for republicans. I am one. Do I agree with everything on the platform? No. I simply believe that they have a greater grip on sustainable economics and are solidly based in reality with respect to self and national defense. I have no intention of trying to convert a left leaning global warming believer. You are free to believe what you like and write books based on those beliefs. That's the beauty of our free country (which is becoming less so). However - I'm simply letting you know that you are alienating a large percentage of sci-fi fans. Given the fact that engineers (myself), programmers, and others of a scientific bent tend to like science fiction more than the run of the mill reader, and that we tend to have decent jobs (while they last), and therefore tend to buy kindles and books in greater proportion than the average population, I'd bet that you are doing more damage to your sales than you might think. My guess is that you are solidly entrenched in your beliefs and attitudes, as I am, and that your sales are ok, so my words will probably be dismissed. However - I figured I'd drop you a line and let you know. If I were you, the money alone would be enough to inspire me to consider both sides of the global warming issue. (as I have - even with no financial impact at stake) - Kevin
I'm looking forward to reading the Mars Trilogy for the science and for an advance look at what we may see happening in the future. For someone who is hesitant to read anything they might not agree with, don't you think it wise to read the playbook of your enemy if presented with it?