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A literary genre that could save the world – Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

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I may be way behind the times with this, but I’ve just heard of a new science fiction genre – CI FI = climate fiction. It covers global warming and cooling, campaigning message-fiction and climate change deniers – anything really that has the climate as an essential element of the story.

If you want to find out more, here are a few links that will lead you to books in a field that the New York Times says is mushrooming and some believe could have the power to wake up public opinion and make real change possible.

Ci Fi Books is an easy-to-use  Canadian website that is trying to gather information about climate change in literature and put it in one place

 Good Reads has a list of Ci Fi novels

Here’s a recent interview  with Dan Bloom, a journalist who invented the term in 2008

He considers the five most important cli-fi novels to have emerged so far are:

  • The Sea and Summer – by George Turner, Australia

  • Flight Behaviour – by Barbara Kingsolver, USA

  • Odds Against Tomorrow – by Nathaniel Rich, USA, a tragic comedy about Manhattan under water

  • Shackleton’s Man Goes South – by Tony White, UK,  a literary novel released by the Science Museum in London

  • Polar City Red – by Jim Laughter, USA – a “cli-fi thriller” set in Alaska in 2070.

and here’s the article on Teleread that alerted me to this new sub-genre.

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3 comments on “A literary genre that could save the world – Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

  1. dannybloom
    May 10, 2014

    Thanks i am dan bloom

  2. dannybloom
    May 10, 2014

    Thanks

  3. dannybloom
    May 10, 2014

    New time mag big cli story quotes me nevil shute

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