Thursday, September 29, 2016

ASU intro to new Cli-Fi short story anthology gives shout-out to cli-fi meme...

ASU intro to new Cli-Fi short story anthology gives shout-out to cli-fi meme...
''We hope that this collection will help readers to make sense of climate
change, to grapple with all of the bewildering emotions associated with
climate imagination and climate reality, and to facilitate conversations
about the futures we want and how to create them.
The literary movement of
climate fiction
is often credited with playing
a major part in mobilizing societies to act on climate change. Climate
fiction, sometimes called “cli-fi,” has exploded over the last decade
and enjoys growing popularity. Amazon lists more than 2000 results
for “climate fiction,” and more than 400 for “cli-fi.”
Among these
are a growing number of anthologies and academic treatments. And
climate fiction novels are only one part of a larger cultural trend
that is beginning to explore climate change as a social and cultural
phenomenon, not just a scientific and policy issue.''

Kim Stanley Robinson pronounces on ''cli-fi'' -- approves of it -- and says it's here for the long haul, in his intro to the new ASU antho:

Kim Stanley Robinson pronounces on ''cli-fi'' -- approves of it -- and says it's here for the long haul, in his intro to the new ASU antho:

''As part of that fidelity to the real, a lot of near-future science fiction is also becoming what some people now call **climate fiction**. Aka cli-fi. This is because climate change is already happening, and has become an unavoidable dominating element in the coming century. The new name thus reflects the basic realism of near-future science fiction, and is just the latest in the names people have given it; in the 1980s it was often called cyberpunk, because so many near-future stories incorporated the coming dominance of globalization and the emerging neoliberal dystopia. Now it’s climate change that is clearly coming, even more certainly than globalization. That these two biophysical dominants constitute a kind of cause and effect is perhaps another story that near-future science fiction can tell. In any case, climate fiction will be one name for this subgenre for a long time to come. This is a good thing, because fiction is how we organize our knowledge into plots that suggest how to behave in the real world. We decide what to do based on the stories we tell ourselves, so we very much need to be telling stories about our responses to climate change and the associated massive problems bearing down on us and our descendants. This book collects a number of new and exciting stories about things that will be happening soon, as people try to adapt to a changing climate and its impacts on our biosphere. It’s fair to ask whether that means that these stories are depressing and unpleasant to read; the answer is no, they aren’t, and in fact they are tremendously stimulating. This should not come as a surprise. Literature is about reality, indeed is part of the creation of reality, so it always deals with hard situations. This engagement is a crucial part of literature’s interest to us."

''Everything Change'': A FREE PDF DOWNLOAD collection Anthology of 'Cli-Fi' stories in ASU contest judged by Kim Stanley Robinson [LINK HERE]

Everything Change: An Anthology of Cli-Fi

Everything Change features 12 stories from the ASU 2016 Cli-Fi Short Story Contest along with along with a foreword by contest judge Kim Stanley Robinson and an interview with climate fiction author Paolo Bacigalupi.

Everything Change is free to download, read, and share:
The PDF version of Everything Change was meticulously and lovingly designed and formatted by Matt Phan and Nina Miller. If it is convenient for you to read the book in PDF format, we strongly recommend it.

The anthology will also be available shortly in EPUB format through the Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo digital book stores.

The title Everything Change is drawn from a quote by Margaret Atwood, our first Imagination and Climate Futures lecturer in 2014.

Table of Contents:
  • Kim Stanley Robinson, Foreword
  • Professors/Editors Ms. Manjana Milkoreit, Ms Meredith Martinez, and Mr Joey Eschrich, [Editors’ Introduction]
  • Adam Flynn and Andrew Dana Hudson, “Sunshine State” [WINNERS!] [$1K prize!]
  • Kelly Cowley, “Shrinking Sinking Land”
  • Matthew S. Henry, “Victor and the Fish”
  • Ashley Bevilacqua Anglin, “Acqua Alta”
  • Daniel Thron, “The Grandchild Paradox”
  • Kathryn Blume, “Wonder of the World”
  • Stirling Davenport, “Masks”
  • Diana Rose Harper, “Thirteenth Year”
  • Henrietta Hartl, “LOSD and Fount”
  • Shauna O’Meara, “On Darwin Tides”
  • Lindsay Redifer, “Standing Still”
  • Yakos Spiliotopoulos, “Into the Storm”
  • Professor Ed Finn, “Praying for Rain: An Interview with Paolo Bacigalupi”

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Great Derangement, text photos

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    1. aka "The Great Awakening" -
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    1. aka "The Great Awakening." -
    1. A better title would be "The Great Awakening." -
    1. Amitav Ghosh's new Chicago climate change lecture series book should have been titled "The Great Awakening."
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    2. Matthew actually reviewed the HEALER with headline "Cli-Fi Noir" two years ago. google it
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    2. Yes, a good idea for HEALER Antti Tuounoimen in Finland to write as a Cli-Fi Noir.... see
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