Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Surveillance Democracies Presents Kim Stanley Robinson, Author of the Mars Trilogy


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The Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Surveillance Democracies is delighted to announce our final speaker of the Spring series: Science-Fiction Writer Kim Stanley Robinson. It has been an exciting and insightful year, and we are deeply grateful for your engagement and support. Please visit to learn more about the many speakers we have had the privilege to host over this past year.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

You Are a Hedge Fund
Kim Stanley Robinson | American Writer, Author of the Mars Trilogy
Location: UC Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Lunch Provided

Abstract: Every individual’s internet activities makes them contributors of data to an interlocking system in which they are forced to become in effect the managers of a personal hedge fund which tries to manage life risks placed on them by the privatization of risk. In this situation surveillance is just one aspect, and often not the worst aspect, of the financialization of daily life. Democratic resistance strategies for counteracting this enclosure of individuals’ futures will be explored.

Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the greatest living science-fiction writers and important political writers working in the United States today. He has published over twenty novels and countless short stories. Robinson is best known for his "Mars" trilogy—Red Mars (1993), Green Mars (1995), and Blue Mars (1997)—and the New York Times bestseller 2312 (2012). Robinson has won numerous awards including the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the World Fantasy Award.

All best,


Uyen P. Le
Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow, Surveillance Democracies<>
Senior Research Fellow, California International Law Center<>
University of California, Davis School of Law

Scholarship on SSRN<>


Joshua Zane Weiss
PhD Student
Dept. of Anthropology
UC Davis