Mapping the Contours of the Future: An Ecosophical Explication of the Elements of Good and Bad Anthropocene in Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future


  • Dr. Indrajit Patra


Ecosophy; Anthropocene; Climate Fiction; Kim Stanley Robinson; Eco-fiction; Ecocriticism; Speculative Fiction


The study attempts to analyse Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future (2020) in order to show how carefully detailing the elements of good and bad Anthropocene from an ecosophical perspective can inspire us to connect human and nature in a most harmonious manner. The study attempts to show from a multi-theoretical perspective how the author seems to equate the evils of ecological exploitation of nature and economic exploitation of the poor and the hapless and proposes for the need of adopting an alternative financial, political, and social system where man and nature will be seen as parts of a singular, gigantic, planetary family. The study will analyse how the novel describes the bad Anthropocene to be both caused by and in turn causing an inequality regime to operate and thrive while a desirable future within the Anthropocene can emerge if we adopt an ecosophical and ecocentric outlook.