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Blue Dot: Kim Stanley Robinson and the High Sierra

Kim Stanley Robinson atop 14,375 ft Mt. Williamson in the Sierra Nevada.
Kim Stanley Robinson atop 14,375 ft Mt. Williamson in the Sierra Nevada.

Bestselling science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson joins Dave to talk about his latest book, a work of nonfiction, The High Sierra: a Love Story. A wonderful mixture of memoir and guide to the Sierra Nevada's natural and human history,

Robinson's latest book makes it clear that California's world-famous mountain range is definitely a magical place that infuses many of its happy wanderers over the years (thousands when you consider that Native Americans summered there to escape the heat of the lower elevations) to become thoroughly enraptured with what John Muir called, "The Range of Light." If you love the writings of the Davis, California-based author and/or the lofty granite peaks and basins of the Sierra, this is a must-listen!

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.