New York 2140, Back to the Future

31 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2019

Date Written: June 29, 2019


An extended consideration of Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140 (2017). The story is a heist plot engineered by residents of the Met Life Building in the year 2140, when the seas had risen 50 feet. Topics: Fiction and reality, patterns, transportation infrastructure, formal order encompassing narrative chaos, politics, from the micro politics the Met Life Tower, to New York City politics, and beyond that to the nation and the world financial system. Includes photographs of the current New York skyline in which you can see the Met Life Building as it currently exists.

Keywords: narrative, fiction, science fiction, climate change, global warming, Kim Stanley Robinson

Suggested Citation

Benzon, William L., New York 2140, Back to the Future (June 29, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

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