Platform for City Culture and Public Debate


The Ministry for the Future

w/ Kim Stanley Robinson

Get your tickets

Date: Thursday 9 November 2023
Time: 20:00 – 22:00
Location: Hofpleintheater, Benthemplein 13, Rotterdam
Admission: €10,- (regular), €6,- (reduced)
Language: English

ATTENTION: If you want to visit this event, as well as The Big Con w/ Rosie Collington (03.10.23), and The Rent Emergency w/ Vicky Spratt (01.11.23), select the 3-for-2 fall discount ticket in the ticket shop and get 3 events for the price of 2!

On Thursday 9 November Kim Stanley Robinson – one of our greatest living science-fiction writers – will join us on the occasion of his latest book The Ministry for the Future. Chosen by Barack Obama as one of his favorite books of the year, this extraordinary novel will change the way you think about the climate crisis.

Told entirely through fictional eye-witness accounts, The Ministry For The Future is a masterpiece of the imagination, using fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all. Its setting is not a desolate, postapocalyptic world, but a future that is almost upon us. It is a novel both immediate and impactful, desperate and hopeful in equal measure, and it is one of the most powerful and original books on climate change ever written.

This programme was conceived in cooperation with Guiding Voices.


Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson is an American writer of science fiction. He has published 22 novels and numerous short stories and is best known for his Mars trilogy. Many of his novels and stories have ecological, cultural, and political themes and feature scientists as heroes. The Atlantic has called Robinson’s work “the gold standard of realistic, and highly literary, science-fiction writing.” According to The New Yorker Robinson is “generally acknowledged as one of the greatest living science-fiction writers.”

Farid Tabarki

Farid Tabarki is the founding director of Studio Zeitgeist, which researches the Dutch, European and global zeitgeist. Farid presented the parliamentary election edition of MTV Coolpolitics and television program Dare to Think, from Socrates to Sartre. He’s also a member of various supervisory boards and committees, among others the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Mediamatic.

Get your tickets