Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SPUNKY KNOWSALOT

Is this Spunky Knowsalot?

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American climate activist Bill McKibben has entered the cli-fi world, with a debut novel titled “Radio Free Vermont.” And we have Spunky Knowsalot to thank for this 250-page seriocomic piece of writing. Who? Keep reading to find out who Spunky Knowsalot is!


Way back in 2005, McKibben was calling for novels and movies about cli-fi, and he revisited the same essay in an updated form again in 2009, also calling for cli-fi novels as he did in 2005, but it took him another 12 years to finally sit down with the help of Spunky Knowsalot to write his own comic entry in the cli-fi sweepstakes.


When he wrote the Grist essay titled ”What the warming world needs now is art, sweet art” in 2005, the cli-fi term had not yet been coined. But fast foward to 2017 and McKibben is aboard the train now, using a semi-comic novel to reach readers worldwide, as the book will be translated into 25 languages over the next several years.

So who is Spunky Knowsalot? He first surfaces on the book's dedication page where Mckibben writes: "For Spunky Knowsalot"

Starting November 7, which is the novel’s official publication date, McKibben will embark on a nationwide book tour to promote the novel, and you can expect literary critics and book reviewers and newspaper reporters to ask him about the identity of Mr Spunky Knowsalot. Who? Keep reading.

McKibben’s debut novel -- and a goood solid piece of cli-fi it is! -- follows a band of Vermont patriots who decide that their state might be better off as its own republic in the Age of Trump.

Witty, biting, and terrifyingly timely, ”Radio Free Vermont” is Bill's fictional response to the burgeoning resistance movement created by the election of Donald J. Trump in 2016. It’s cli-fi with a comic twist, as only Mckibben can twist it.

So before we end this preview, who the heck is SPUNKY KNOWSALOT? So far, Bill is not telling, his editors at Blue Rider Press are not telling, his PR people at Penguin RandonHouse Group USA are not telling, and his marketing team is not saying either.
Hint: if anyone knows the identity of Spunky Knowsalot, please leave a message in the comments section below.

Friday, October 6, 2017

"Blade Runner 2049" is it about global warming or global cooling? Great movie, bad science?

"Blade Runner 2049" is it about global warming or global cooling? Great movie, bad science? https://thefutureofreading101.blogspot.tw/2017/10/blade-runner-2049-is-about-global_6.html


 Wisely, Villeneuve doesn’t try to do that in taking the story forward, but his smog-infested and snowy Southern California as presented here makes a strong case not for the effects of global warming, but rather global cooling. Spoiler alert: It snows in L.A. in this thing.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

HELP from academics keeping current with the topic of climate risk communications vs the EXPERTS who say that doom and gloom cli-fi movies and doom and gloom cli-fi novels are counter productive and turn readers and viewers OFF and make them feel helpless and blue, and this EXPERTP advice is backed up, apparently, by some studies by social scientists and climate scientists with TEENS in the UK and elsewhere that say that doom and gloom novels and movies are BAD for getting people to be more aware of the issues and to even take action. I believe that this is all BULLSHIT, pardon my French, and I am open to any comments otherwise, but I am tired of the NYT and Guardian and BBC and other MSM trotting out the old tired same old same old "alleged study" that proves that doom and gloom novels are the wrong way to go. This study does not exist. There was some study a few years ago that studied TEENAGERS in the UK, not adults, TEENS, and asking them what they felt about doom and gloom stories, etc.


HELP from academics keeping current with the topic of climate risk communications vs the EXPERTS who say that doom and gloom cli-fi movies and doom and gloom cli-fi novels are counter productive and turn readers and viewers OFF and make them feel helpless and blue, and this EXPERT advice is backed up, apparently, by some studies by social scientists and climate scientists with TEENS in the UK and elsewhere that say that doom and gloom novels and movies are BAD for getting people to be more aware of the issues and to even take action. I believe that this is all BULLSHIT, pardon my French, and I am open to any comments otherwise, but I am tired of the NYT and Guardian and BBC and other MSM trotting out the old tired same old same old "alleged study" that proves that doom and gloom novels are the wrong way to go. This study does not exist. There was some study a few years ago that studied TEENAGERS in the UK, not adults, TEENS, and asking them what they felt about doom and gloom stories, etc.
Well, teens are not the intended audience for adult cli-fi novels and movies. !!! So this study is flawed and BS and all the so-called EXPERTS with PHDs at Yale and Harvard and Princeton are used by the NYT to prove this hypothesis which is wrong and has never been proven.
So....can anyone point me to this so-called expert study that says doom and gloom is not the way to go? Link? There are several so-called studies. they are all BS. I want to find the links in order to tell my contacts in the MSM that they are barking up the wrong tree and that doom and gloom novels and movies are just as good as utopian cli-fi novels. It's all up to the readers and viewers.
In other words, "cultural values, literary values, literary input, not scientific knowledge, actually shape global warming views, more and more,'' as a study by Prof Dan Kahan at Yale from 2012 indicates.
So can you show me that STUDY that proves that doom and gloom turns teens off and makes them blue and depressed rather than pushing them to take action.? I believe deeply that doom and gloom ALSO has the power to push people to take action and to take up and be woke. Utopian novels too. Both.
Recently, the NYT did another cli-fi bashing article quotes severeal so-called experts about who doom and gloom is bad for us. I say NO NO No. doom and gloom is realiity, along with utopian visions, too. Show me the links! THANKS.
NYT reporter Melena Ryzik, just the other day in a cli-fi article writes: ""But getting Hollywood movies about climate change made is not easy. And when they do refer to it — as did the Roland Emmerich 2004 disaster flick “The Day After Tomorrow” — they rarely do much to galvanize the public to action. Even well-intentioned filmmakers with carefully drafted cautionary tales often miss the mark, climate scientists say.''
UH, WHO ARE THESE So-called CLMATE SCIENTISTS and what do THEY know about the arts and literature and novels and movies. VERY LITTLE. The NYT should ask writers and movelists and literary critics to answer this question not govt grand funded PHD guys with their heads in the PHD sands, doing study after study, and never once READING A NOVEL: or seeing a movie. IN FACT, cli-fi movies and novels do wake up people and do galvanize people inmto action, That is how i got into the work! Doom and gloom doesn't scare me. And i love utopian stuff too. But lets stop this MSM nonsense that doom and gloom novels turn people off. They don't. they wake them up.
NYT again here: ''And when climate change is depicted on screen, it’s often in an onslaught of fire and brimstone, an apocalyptic vision that hardly leaves room for a hopeful human response.
That, climate researchers and social scientists say, is exactly the wrong message to give.''
HOW does Melena Ryszik a socity reporter and red carpet gossip reporter know this? She doesn't. But she repeats this stuff over and over again. So I want so links to show her otherwise.
MORE from NYT article: “Typically, if you really want to mobilize people to act, you don’t scare the hell out of them and convince them that the situation is hopeless,” said Andrew Hoffman, a professor at the University of Michigan who is the author of “How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate.”
REPROTER ADDS: But that is just the kind of high-stakes film that Hollywood loves to produce — like “The Day After Tomorrow,” which depicted New York City as a frozen dystopian landscape. Or “Geostorm,” due Oct. 20, in which the climate goes apocalyptically haywire, thanks to satellites that malfunction.
REPORTER ADDS this BS: Copious research shows that this kind of dystopian framing backfires, driving people further into denial and helplessness; instead of acting, they freeze.
Melena did say....''One bright spot in showing environmental alarm onscreen is ....that climate change is a frequent topic of visual artists and writers, where the genre known as cli-fi is growing.''
FINALLY! and Melena concluded her article -- ''So, said Mr. Hoffman, the University of Michigan professor, we need “more movies, more TV, more music.”
“We have to touch people’s hearts on this,” he said. “It’s critical.”

Monday, October 2, 2017

NYT asks: ''Can Hollywood 'Cli-Fi' Movies About Climate Change Make a Difference?'' THE ANSWER IS YES!

NYT asks: ''Can Hollywood 'Cli-Fi' Movies About Climate Change Make a Difference?''

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/movies/mother-darren-aronofsky-climate-change.html





EXCERPT:

One bright spot in showing environmental alarm onscreen is children’s programs, Ms. Levin said, which “work beautifully for everyday practices and overall awareness. Parents often watch with them, and they learn together.”
 
And climate change is a frequent topic of visual artists and writers, where the genre known as cli-fi  [see hot link here cli-fi] is growing.
 
 
One thing too few people do, according to Mr. Boykoff, the University of Colorado researcher, is laugh about climate change. Alexander Payne’s forthcoming “Downsizing,” in which people are shrunk to tiny versions of themselves — thereby using less resources — takes a swing at that approach.
 
Mr. Boykoff has had his students perform a comedy show about environmental destruction; a research paper on the outcome is being readied for publication. “If just scientists talking about their research and findings were successful” in motivating the public, “we’d be sorted by now,” Mr. Boykoff said. “But that’s not true. A lot of people don’t engage with these things through scientific ways of knowing. So the arts, the cultural sphere, is a really important part of this that’s underexplored so far.”
 
 
Mr. Maibach, the George Mason professor and an expert in polling on climate understanding, said the greatest problem facing climate communicators is that Americans are not talking about climate change enough — in any shape. “We call it the climate silence,” he said, “and it’s pretty profound.”
 
 
So, said Mr. Hoffman, the University of Michigan professor, we need “more movies, more TV, more music.”

Sunday, October 1, 2017

A new calendar system dates October 2, 2017 instead as October 2, Year 75,017


A new calendar system dates
October 2, 2017
instead as
October 2, 75,017




One of the reasons we humans today cannot wrap our heads around the real deep issues and time frames of global warming and climate change is that our calendar time frame is too limited, with all major religious calendars systems from Mosaic, Jesaic, Mohammadaic, Buddhaic, and all other religions of the past 5000 year origin dates being too limited. As everyone on this site know, it is not really 2017 now. Jesus has nothing to do with where we are now in time, and nor does Moses or Mohammed or the Buddha or anyone else from these supernatural fake religions. In fact, if we could SEE the time frame in a much longer view, maybe we could get a better sense of the dangers we are in. So I created a new calender time framing today: the date today is October 2, Year 75,017 (it's a new timeframe, try it with your friends and colleages) Why 75,000 years time frame. Think about it and ask me if you still don't get it. So. New Years this coming Janunary will be January1, Year 75,018...) 2017 does not make any sense now in the Anthropocene. AGREE? DISAGREE? Add to the conversation! -- Cheers, Dan Bloom on October 2, 75,017.....PS i kept the 017 in the new date so that future historians and archivists can match the dates of 75,017 and 75,018 and so on with the OLD DATES from before this new dating system caught on. Which could take another 2500 years but i am starting today for anyone who would like to join me. Welcome to 75,017....it's a whole new ballgame!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

''Cli-Fi'' – How Novels and Movies Can Help in the Fight Against Climate Change!

''Cli-Fi'' – How Novels and Movies Can Help in the Fight Against Climate Change





We’re under climate ‘machine gun fire’, an incessant spray of popping climate-bullets which evokes from the population an endless cyber scream. There is the occasional offering of a cease fire, Al Gore’s recent ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ and podcasts such as ‘Bionic Planet’ allow us to navigate the ‘bullet’ stricken landscape, but where else can we find a peaceful place to nurture our outlooks? We believe that fiction offers that objective space, here we explain why:




Our society is a dense web of virtual connections – a labyrinthine network of links and ties – we have created a ‘fourth dimension’ – a virtual reality where ourselves and our smartphones can leisurely elope. In this realm of multimedia, there is 24-hour non-stop-news, free enrolment for a ‘notification education’ and zingy access to all the latest research. As such, the consequences of climate change appear to be everywhere – we spin in a hurricane of shocking headlines, swim in a flood of bitesize climate tweets and sink in the rising sea of disquieting statistics. Yet, intelligent exploration and intricate discussion of our current climate seems to be nowhere – for many who find climate science and policy impenetrable and whose environmental discussion is constrained to the fly-by nature of the media – climate change remains an ethereal and gossamer concept with a fractured and distant nature.


This is where we believe cli-fi comes in – novels and movies are  special in that they can construct immersive futuristic worlds that we can experience in the present, and weave stories that empower us to look more critically at the decisions and choices we make today. Unalike the media, novels and movies give us the time and space to think, explore and fiddle with our perspectives – that’s why we believe that reading climate fiction is the perfect accompaniment to our fleeting ‘notification education’.


Importantly – unlike, the chirping, chittering quick-fire nature of the media, cli-fi with its in depth exploration, elaborate construction and intricate narratives provides us with a ‘quiet spot’ to broaden our environmental understanding and explore imagined yet potential futures. It was Sylvia Plath who once said: ‘it is in the novel that people brush their teeth’- it is this intricacy and hint of the mundane and everyday in fiction that makes climate change seem less clinical and more personal. Thus, climate fiction has the unique ability to take a global problem and weave it into the tiny grandeur of our everyday individual lives.


So – with the power of cli-fi novels and movies in mind we want to encourage people to read novels with climate change themes – many such novels are now being branded as part of the growing genre – cli-fi – which explores the possible environmental nightmares to come – using thrilling plotlines and a plethora of unique protagonists – these works imagine what a world wrecked by the consequences of global warming, rising sea levels and pollution would look like.


Climate novels can never be the solution in themselves – however their unique combination of science, humanities and activism – has the capacity to inspire and engender action. So – if you want to know what it would be like to brush your teeth in a world wrecked by climate change – go out and grab some cli-fi.


Snooks Books Suggestions:
  • Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver.
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • Through the Arc of the Rainforest – Karen Tei Yamashita.
  • Freedom by Jonathon Franzen
  • The Wind Up Girl & The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigulupi.
  • The Drowned World by JG Ballard
  • 10.04 by Ben Lerner
  • Salvage the Bones – Jesmyn Ward
  • Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich
  • White Noise by Don DeLillo
Graphic Novels:
  • Here by Richard McGuire
For Young Adults:
  • The Carbon Diaries by Saci Lloyd
  • The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Breathe by Sarah Crossan
For Children:
  • The Lorax by Dr Seuss

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How the NYT covers cli-fi: a blog post to set the record straight


 
 
Back in August, New York Times reporter Livia Albeck-Ripka, contacted me by Twitter and email about a story she was developing on cli-fi novels, and she asked if I had time to chat with her. She wrote (August 19 email):
 
  1. ''Dear Dan, Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! I’m interested in doing a listicle/round-up of Cli-Fi novels for the Times, and am wondering if you can help?
  2. Do you have a running list somewhere/thoughts on where the most comprehensive one might be?
  3. How did you get into this yourself?
  4. Cheers,
  5.  - Livia'' 
I replied:
''Hi Livia, Yes....
Yes. Can help. How many books you need for a list! Top ten cli-fi novels? Top 20?
USA. UK. Canada. Australia. Finland . Germany.
Or mostly USA novels? -- Dan''
 
I then sent her a partial list of cli-fi novels off the top of my head, writing:
 
''Livia,
I appreciate your interest. Just as earlier novels like "On the Beach".. 1957... influenced public debate on nuclear disarmament, I feel modern cli-fi novels might be able to communicate global warming issues on an emotional level.
>
> So.....listicle
>
> Barbara Kingsolver, "Flight Behavior"...2012
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> "South pole station" 2017 by Ashley Shelby
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> "0dds against tomorrow" by Nathaniel Rich. 2013.
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> "New York 2140" kim Stanley Robinson (new clifi novel )
>
> Paolo bacigalupi "the Water Knife" ...2016
>
> Claire vaye Watkins "Gold Fame Citrus"....2016
>
> "Ice" by laline Paul in UK ...2017
Meg little Reilly, "we are unprepared" 2016
"The lamentations of zeno" by ilja trojanow, 2016, english trans of German novel "eistau "
Clade, by James Bradley
Anchor point, by Alice  Robinson
Solar, by ian McEwan . uk
 
I then included this in another email to Livia:
 
* [[Memory of Water|Memory of Water, Emmi Itäranta]]
* [http://www.npr.org/2015/05/28/408295800/the-water-knife-cuts-deep The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi]* [http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/the-lamentations-of-zeno-review-glacial-ground-zero-1.2629428 The Lamentations of Zeno, Ilija Trojanow]* [https://bookpage.com/reviews/20276-meg-little-reilly-we-are-unprepared#.WZkET2el3mg We Are Unprepared, Meg Little Reilly]* [http://www.npr.org/2017/07/04/534768605/south-pole-station-takes-a-cool-look-at-a-hot-topic South Pole Station, Ashley Shelby]* [http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/james-bradleys-clade-finds-glimmer-of-hope-in-extreme-future-20150122-12ti6g.html Clade, James Bradley]* [http://www.npr.org/2013/04/01/175955816/book-review-odds-against-tomorrow Odds Against Tomorrow, Nathaniel Rich]* [http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/claire-vaye-watkins-gold-fame-citrus-between-hell-and-a-hot-place-book-review-a6856291.html Gold Fame Citrus, Claire Vaye Watkins]* [https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/26/the-ice-laline-paull-review Ice, Laline Paull]* [http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/alice-robinson-review-anchor-point-debut-novel-delicately-tackles-climate-change-20150302-13sp9z.html Anchor Point, Alice Robinson]
 
 
THE RESULT of our email chats turned up in the New York Times on September 26, about a month after we first chatted, and here it is. Livia wrote a great, fun interactive piece and I loved it.
 
My take on her piece with some slight edits for clarification and amplification since she left some things out.
 
Livia used four of my recommendations, wasn't able to use all of them for reasons of space, and added three other books she and her editors came up with at the Climate Desk at the Times. and here is her article below. I loved it! BRAVO, Livia. James Reston would be proud of you today!
 
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HEADLINE:

Are Cli-Fi Novels All Too Real? We Asked 7 Climate Scientist Experts


When extraordinary hurricanes and floods battered parts of the United States and Caribbean this month, Paolo Bacigalupi’s readers started sending him news clips. In “Ship Breaker,” which was nominated for a National Book Award in 2010, Bacigalupi, a climate fiction writer, had invented a monster “Category 6” hurricane.
Now, his readers were asking: Is this what you were talking about?

Climate change presents a peculiar challenge to novelists; it often seems to simmer without a singular moment of crisis. So cli-fi authors like Mr. Bacigalupi hurtle current science into drought-ravaged, flooded, starved, sunken and sandy futures. Climate-themed fiction, also known as cli-fi and covered in the NYT's ROOM FOR DEBATE forum in July 2014, is extension, not invention.

https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/07/29/will-fiction-influence-how-we-react-to-climate-change?mcubz=3


But as scientists’ projections about the effects of climate change have increasingly become reality, some works of cli-fi have begun to seem all too plausible. We chose seven cli-fi novels and asked the experts: How likely are they to come true?
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    Climate Effect: Water Wars
    ‘The Water Knife’
    by Paolo Bacigalupi
 
In his fifth climate-related novel, published to cli-fi headlines in 2015, Mr. Bacigalupi asked: What would happen if drought became the “new normal” in the American Southwest? His answer: Refugees, apocalyptic cults and drug dealers roam a land where water is controlled by thugs.
“What if our underlying prosperity is ripped out from underneath us?” Mr. Bacigalupi said. “If you put those questions in people’s mind, it changes how they look at their daily life.”

Leon Szeptycki, an attorney and professor specializing in water rights at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, described the book as fictional extension. “Climate change will cause a lot of social and economic disruption in the American Southwest, but not at the level the author envisions,” he said.
Eighty to 90 percent of water in the Southwest is used for agriculture, so rural communities would be hit first by shortages, Mr. Szeptycki said. “Available water will shift to cities,” he said. “There will be less water, less food, fewer jobs.”



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    Climate Effect: Desertification
    ‘Gold Fame Citrus’
    by Claire Vaye Watkins
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    Claire Vaye Watkins’s 2016 cli-fi novel, her first, imagined drought differently. Sand has swallowed California; now it’s known as the Amargosa Dune Sea. Nothing grows in the lawless desert, but a wandering dowser claims that new species — a diurnal owl, carnivorous plants and albino hummingbirds — have emerged through a “super-speed evolutionary time warp.”
    “Absolutely, climate change can accelerate evolution,” said Jeffrey Townsend, a professor of evolutionary biology at Yale. Humans have set off many evolutionary changes, like when insects have adapted to pesticides or when the peppered moth lost its spots to more closely resemble industrial soot. Plants becoming meat eaters would be more of a stretch, Dr. Townsend said.
    The novel is “not an unreasonable fictional depiction” of drought, said Noah Diffenbaugh, a professor of earth system science at Stanford. California already has a “new climate,” he added. Anthropogenic warming has increased the state’s drought risk, but permanent rainlessness remains unlikely.
    “That’s probably where the scientific literature and the novel diverge,” Dr. Diffenbaugh said. “Humans are able to probe these issues in ways that are different through the lens of fiction.”
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    Climate Effect: Species Extinction
    ‘Flight Behavior’
    by Barbara Kingsolver
  4.  
    The central character in Barbara Kingsolver’s 2015 cli-fi novel doesn’t believe in climate change until she has a “vision of glory” — a colony of monarch butterflies from Mexico appears in southern Appalachia, disoriented by warming temperatures.
    “I think it could happen, but pretty far into the distant future when global warming really has an effect further north,” said Lincoln Brower, a research professor of biology at Sweet Briar College, whom Ms. Kingsolver consulted while writing the book.
    Dr. Brower, who has been studying the death of monarch butterflies for six decades, said their numbers were already “way down” because of a combination of pesticide use, logging and the impacts of climate change. But he guessed it would take about half a century before temperatures in Appalachia rose enough to accommodate the butterflies during their winter migration.
    “It’s hard to know what’s going to happen,” Dr. Brower said, “but I don’t think it will be good.”
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    Climate Effect: Disrupted Food Chain
    ‘The History of Bees’
    by Maja Lunde
  6.  
    China, 2098: Tao is up a tree, hand-pollinating its blossoms with a tiny brush. The bees are long since gone. Maja Lunde’s first cli-fi novel and her debut book for adults, published in 2017 in Norwegian and later translated into German and English, chronicles three generations as they exploit, try to save and eventually mimic bees, whose extinction has become a familiar device in climate-themed fiction.
    “It’s a crazy idea, and it’s being done,” said Jeremy Kerr, a biodiversity researcher at the University of Ottawa, describing the hand-pollinators of Hanyuan County in China’s Sichuan Province.
    Pollinators like bees (and birds, butterflies, moths, flies, wasps, beetles, bats and mosquitoes) are crucial to the food chain because they move pollen between fruit, vegetables and nuts. Plants that depend on pollination are 35 percent of global crop production. While Colony Collapse Disorder — previously believed to pose a major threat to all bees — has declined substantially in recent years, Dr. Kerr said it was conceivable that five or six “keystone” species, which pollinate crops like canola, tomatoes, blueberries and strawberries, could be lost, in part because of global warming.
    But hand-pollination? “The question of whether you could do something like that on a planetary scale,” Dr. Kerr said, “Holy moly, if that’s where we got to, I think other things would probably kill us first.”
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    Climate Effect: Refugees
    ‘Borne’
    by Jeff VanderMeer
  8.  
    In Jeff VanderMeer’s 2017 novel, rising waters force a child named Rachel to flee her island home, so she moves “from camp to camp, country to country,” hoping that she “could outrun the unraveling of the world.” Later, in a nameless ruined city, the 28-year-old Rachel befriends an amorphous creature, Borne, who smells like brine and reminds her of the sea animals of her childhood.
    Extreme weather events uproot 21.5 million people each year, according to the United Nations refugee agency, and climate change is expected to increase that number. But there is no internationally accepted legal status for people who have been displaced by the impacts of climate change.

    “What would be fair,” said Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, “would be for each of the major emitting countries to accept a portion of the world’s climate-displaced people proportional to its historic contribution” of greenhouse gases.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

While science fiction as a literary and movie genre has been around since 1954 -- for over 50 years now -- and dubbed ''sci-fi'' by the media, climate change issues in the 21st century that we are in now has nurtured a new genre of science fiction that's been dubbed "Cli-Fi."


While science fiction as a literary and movie genre has been around since 1954 -- for over 50 years now -- and dubbed ''sci-fi'' by the media, climate change issues in the 21st century that we are in now has nurtured a new genre of science fiction that's been dubbed "Cli-Fi."
Climate change has become prominent in headlines in recent weeks with the advent of several hard-hitting hurricanes and typhoons worldwide, as ocean temperatures get warmer and more powerful storms affect a slowly-warming -- drip! drip! drip! -- world.
And these media headlines in the New York Times, the BBC, The Washington Post and the Guardian, have helped nurture a relatively new genre of fiction — more specifically, ''climate fiction,'' also known more popularly as ''cli-fi'' — that focuses on climate change and its impacts events.
During a recent appearance at the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona, Arizona State University's Piper Center hosted the New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson, who writes both sci-fi and cli-fi now. His talk was called "The Comedy of Coping: Alarm and Resolve in Climate Fiction" and it was well-received by the audience of students, professors and fellow writers.
Robinson's latest cli-fi novel is titled "New York York 2140" and that is what he talked about. An imagined Manhattan set 120 years in the future from now, and a city that is then-submerged under 50 feet of sea water. As you can imagined, all hell breaks loose in the inventive storytelling that Robinson is famous for.
So what happens when sci-fi meets cli-fi? Or as Stan Yang, a friend of mine in California recently asked me: ''When Sci-fi collides with Cli-fi, which will win?"
It's a good question. I told Mr Yang what I am going to tell readers of this blog now: When sci-fi collides with cli-fi, both will win. Because sci-fi gave birth to cli-fi, and cli-fi now nurtures sci-fi. It's a win-win for both genres when they collide, as they do in Robinson's new comic novel. The result is a kind of hybrid of two standalone, independent genres.
As the 21st century moves inexorably toward the 22nd century -- and onward for the next 1,000 years -- sci-fi and cli-fi will prove to be cousins joined at the hip. Some novelists will call their short stories and novels ''sci-fi,'' while others will call their work ''cli-fi.'' There's room on this Earth (and in literary circles) for both genres in this age of the Anthrocene.
Two genres that matter now more than ever.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Meet Leah Schade, Lutheran pastor and eco-preacher

For American Lutheran pastor Leah Schade, good fiction has the ability to change lives and spur action. She goes even further, tweeting the other day that "Cli-fi writers can help us get "woke" about climate change."
I liked that way of putting it: that climate fiction, a new genre also known as cli-fi, can help get people "woke" about global warming issues worldwide, not from a scientific angle so much as from an emotional, gut reaction angle. That's the power of literature. That's the power of cli-fi.
A professor of preaching and worship in the USA, and the author of book titled "Creation-Crisis Preaching," Dr Schade is a climate and environmental activist, an active and articulate blogger on religion and culture. I call her an ''EcoPreacher."
In a recent blog post, Dr Schade started with a headline that reads ''We've Lost the Climate War, It's Time to Surrender."
It's a fascinating read, and the entire blog post is here. She ends the piece with these four sentences.
''I, for one, am willing to surrender. I want our leaders to come to the table and accept Nature’s terms. I want us to survive. I want peace with this planet.''

To find out what she meant, and to read more about this pioneering Christian thinker with an eye firmly on the dangers and risks of runaway climate change, read her blog posts. New articles go up weekly.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A ''cli-fi'' listicle for 2017 -- #CliFi #Scifi TENTATIVE, additions welcome, explanding as we speak...

A ''cli-fi'' listicle for 2017 -- https://cli-fi-books.blogspot.tw/2017/09/a-cli-fi-listicle-for-2017.html #CliFi #Scifi TENTATIVE, additions welcome, explanding as we speak...

see also

A cli-fi listicle for 2017, tentative and expanding it as we speak:
http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-cli-fi-listicle-for-2017/

also added by Bill Junior via Facebook post:

I Am Legend by Matheson, Richard 1954 (disease)
The Drought JG Ballard 1964
Make Room, Make Room! Harry Harrison 1966
The Sheep Look Up John Brunner 1972
Vaneglory George Turner 1983
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood 1985
This Is the Way the World Ends James K Morrow 1986
Drowning Towers George Turner 1987
The Sea and Summer George Turner 1987
Earth David Brin 1990
The Destiny Makers George Turner 1992
Mother of Storms John Barnes 1994
Genetic Soldier George Turner 1994
Operation Elbow Room: An Interplanetary Ecofiction Joseph J Phillips 1995
Antarctica Kim Stanley Robinson 1997
A Friend of the Earth TC Boyle 2000
MacAddam Trilogy Margaret Atwood 2000...



Monday, September 11, 2017

If all it's good for is teaser headlines and eyeball-grabbing subheadlines, in addition to academic papers and conferences around the world, what good can cli-fi actually do?

People often ask me what's the use of the cli-fi genre term? If all it's good for is teaser headlines and eyeball-grabbing subheadlines, in addition to academic papers and conferences around the world, what good can cli-fi actually do?




People often ask me what's the use of the cli-fi genre term? If all it's good for is teaser headlines and eyeball-grabbing subheadlines, in addition to academic papers and conferences around the world, what good can cli-fi actually do?




Good question.


The answer is this: after the deadline hurricanes and typhoons and floods and heatwaves, cli-fi novels will begin to appear in print in many countries, and not just in English. French writers and German writers and Italian writers and a few Japanese and Chinese writers will pen cli-fi novels and a few Hollywood producers will adapt the novels into screenplays that will reach movie theaters worldwide in the mid-2020s, around 2025 of 2028.




We still have a long way to go.




At the moment, for the time being, cli-fi is going nowhere. It's just a term, good for magazine editors and marketing mavens and academic workshops and tweets. There's even a hashtag for cli-fi novel #CliFi designed and created by Lisa Devaney in London.


But until the novels and movies follow, cli-fi will amount to nothing. Cli-fi is not about marketing or PR or headlines or college workshops. It's about novels, movies, poems, stage plays, operas, you name it. The arts. Cli-fi is for the arts.


So in the aftermath of a spate of deadly super-storms in Asia, Taiwan, Japan, Canada and the USA, the novels will flow, the movies will be produced.


But wait, this takes time.


Give cli-fi another 10-15 years to produce results.


The results are coming. If you're a reader, be patient. If you're a writer, start writing now! And if you're are concerned about global warming and climate chaos, find out more about cli-fi and start reading up on it. Cli-fi is here and it's coming soon. Give the writers time!

Friday, September 8, 2017

''Cli-Fi : Une expression tres utile'' (2017: Un essai par Dan Bloom a Taiwan, translated into French by ''My SF Sensei'')




''Cli-Fi''




par Dan Bloom a Taiwan [translated into French by My SF Sensei]

Biographie

Né aux Etats-Unis dans le Massachusetts, Dan Bloom a fait des études de littérature
européenne post-moderne à la Tufts University de Boston (1967-1971), puis de communication à
l’Université de l’Oregon (1981-1983) . Il a ensuite travaillé comme journaliste en Alaska pendant douze
ans, au cours des années 1970-1980, avant de devenir éditeur et reporter pour des maisons
d’édition et des journaux de langue anglaise au Japon et à Taiwan où il vit désormais.

Dan Bloom est aussi connu comme un militant de la lutte contre le réchauffement
climatique. On lui doit la création de l’expression « Cli-Fi » et un blog « The Cli-Fi Report
form Taiwan », qui se veut un outil de recherche pour les journalistes et les universitaires
intéressés par les fictions sur le changement climatique.




EXCERPT FROM TEXT: (This essay is slated to appear in an international science fiction magazine in 2018. Here is just a part of the essay, with the complete text set to be reprinted here in French in early 2018, when the magazine is published in France.


Dan Bloom writes:


''Avant de commencer cette brève présentation de ce à quoi correspond l’expression
Cli-Fi (prononcer ''Klye-Fye'') et des tensions imprévues qu’elle a pu susciter, je tiens à préciser
que je ne l’ai pas inventée pour créer un genre ou un sous-genre, qui entre en compétition
avec d’autres genres littéraires, ou bien qui enferme les fictions traitant du réchauffement
climatique dans une catégorie étanche de la science-fiction. Pour moi, il s’agissait avant tout
de proposer un outil, une expression pour les médias, les journaux, les sites Web, afin de
signaler aux lecteurs et aux critiques que le thème du climat dans les romans contemporains
méritait une attention particulière.


''J’ai donc cherché à formuler une expression simple qui puisse servir pour les comptes-
rendus d’ouvrages, les départements de communication des éditeurs, ou les publicitaires. Je
voulais trouver un mot-clé court pour attirer l’attention et permettre d’aider à parler de la
littérature sur l’Anthropocène.


''Je n’ai donc pas façonné le terme 'Cli-Fi' pour les auteurs. Ils n’ont pas besoin de boîtes
ou d’étiquettes pour classer leur travail. Même les auteurs de science-fiction, n’ont pas besoin
de la catégorie « science-fiction ». Les catégories sont juste des éléments de marketing, qui
peuvent servir à faire connaître et à vendre des livres. Les romanciers, qu’ils soient de
science-fiction ou d’autres genres, racontent des histoires. Ils le font depuis plus d’un siècle et
ils le feront sans doute encore dans plusieurs siècles, sans avoir besoin en écrivant de se
soucier d’où ils sont classés. En revanche, pour ceux qui veulent imaginer ce que seront les
répercussions à court, moyen et long terme du changement climatique, Cli-Fi peut s’avérer
utile en terme de visibilité.


''Maintenant, voilà le contexte de sa création. L’expression 'Cli-Fi' me vint en 2008,
alors que je cherchais un moyen d’accroître l’attention du public à propos des romans et des
films qui abordaient ou prenaient pour élément de décor ou d’intrigue le change climatique.

J’ai pensé au départ à d’autres termes : comme « Clima-Fic », « Clim-Fic » ou « Cli-Fic »
pour remplacer les expressions « Climate Fiction » ou « Climate Change Fiction » qui étaient
alors utilisées.

........

''Ce sont finalement les sonorités et le rythme qui m’ont amené à « Cli-Fi ». C’est
proche de l’expression américaine « Sci-Fi » pour « Science-Fiction ». En même temps, il y
avait une assonance en « i ». C’était clair, c’était court, à la fois à l’oral et à l’écrit, et on
percevait facilement ce que cela signifiait. Il est probable d’ailleurs que le terme continue
d’être utilisé à l’avenir car il fonctionne bien. De surcroît, je n’ai pas déposé de brevet ni de
copyright, donc personne ne le contrôle ni ne reçoit de royalties quand il est employé. Les
auteurs, les éditeurs et les lecteurs peuvent l’utiliser comme ils veulent et en y mettant les
nuances qu’ils veulent. C’est donc une expression « user-frindly ».




''Cette diffusion m’a permis de voir comment les auteurs ressentaient l’expression Cli-
Fi. J’ai ainsi demandé à des auteurs renommés de science-fiction comme David Brin et Kim
Stanley Robinson (qui vient aussi de publier en 2017 un roman intitulé : ''New York 2140'') ce
qu’ils en pensaient. Ils m’ont tous deux répondus qu’ils aimaient bien le terme, mais à
condition qu’il soit utilisé pour désigner un sous-genre de science-fiction, et non comme un
genre en soi. De son côté Margaret Atwood a déclaré qu’elle l’adorait.






**** A ''Cli-Fi Listicle'':
Quelques livres en français (ou en anglais) pouvant relever des Cli-Fi



Bacigalupi (Paolo), The Water Knife, éditions Au diable vauvert, 2016.
Ballard (J.G.), Le Monde englouti, éditions Denoël, 2007.
Sécheresse, éditions Denoël, 2007.
Salut l’Amérique, éditions Denoël, 1981.
Barnes (John), La Mère des tempêtes, éditions Robert Laffont, 1998.
Boyle (T.C), Un ami de la terre, Grasset, 2001.
Buckell (Tobias), Arctic Rising (en anglais), St. Martins Press, 2012.
Itaranta (Emmi), Memory of Water (traduit du finnois en anglais), HarperCollins, 2015.
Kingsolver (Barbara), Dans la lumière, éditions Payot & Rivages, 2013.
Laughter (Jim), Polar City Red, Deadly Niche Press, 2012.
Ligny (Jean-Marc), Aqua™, éditions de l’Atalante, 2006.
Exodes, éditions de l’Atalante, 2012.
Semences, éditions de l’Atalante, 2015.
Little Reilly (Meg), We Are Unprepared(en anglais), Mira Books, 2016.
MacDonald (Hamish), Finitude (en anglais), Hamish MacDonald (Ed), 2008.
Quero (Yann), Le Procès de l’Homme Blanc, éditions Arkuiris, 2005.
L’Avenir ne sera plus ce qu’il était, éditions Arkuiris, 2010.
Le Réchauffement climatique et après… (anthologie collective), éditions Arkuiris, 2014.
Robinson (Kim Stanley), Les Quarante Signes de la pluie, Les Presses de la Cité, 2006.
Cinquante degrés au-dessous de zéro, Les Presses de la Cité, 2007.
Soixante jours et après, Les Presses de la Cité, 2008.
New York 2140 (en anglais), Orbit, 2017.
Rubin (Edward), The Heatstroke Line (en anglais), Sunbury Press Inc., 2015.
Silverberg (Robert), Ciel brûlant de minuit, édition Robert Laffont, 1995.
Spinrad (Norman), Bleu comme une orange, Flammarion, 2004.
Sterling (Bruce), Gros temps, éditions Denoël, 1997.
Schätzing (Frank), The Swarm: A Novel of the Deep (traduit de l’allemand en anglais),
Hodder Paperbacks, 2007.
Trojanow (Ilija), The Lamentations of Zeno (traduit de l’allemand en anglais), Verso, 2016.
Trudel (Jean-Louis), Les Marées à venir, Vermillon, coll. Parole vivante, n°81, 2009.
Tuomainen (Antti), La Dernière pluie, Pocket, 2015.
Vandermeer (Jeff), Annihilation, éditions Au diable vauvert, 2016.

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The 'Cli-Fi Report:
100+ academic et media links:
http://cli-fi.net

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Files for Vive re KEY WORDS for Climate Things

Modeled after this: 1/2


But with keywords for our new climate: climate, truth, power, energy, future, uncertainty, consensus, model, anthropocene, science, etc. 2/2



https://www.amazon.com/Keywords-Vocabulary-Culture-Raymond-Williams/dp/0199393214/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504789529&sr=8-1&keywords=keywords+williams


First published in 1976, Raymond Williams' highly acclaimed


Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society

is a collection of lively essays on words that are critical to understanding the modern world. In these essays, Williams, a renowned cultural critic, demonstrates how these key words take on new meanings and how these changes reflect the political bent and values of our past and current society. He chose words both essential and intangible--words like nature, underprivileged, industry, liberal, violence, to name a few--and, by tracing their etymology and evolution, grounds them in a wider political and cultural framework. The result is an illuminating account of the central vocabulary of ideological debate in English in the modern period.

This edition features a new original foreword by Colin MacCabe, Distinguished Professor of English and Literature, University of Pittsburgh, that reflects on the significance of Williams' life and work. Keywords remains as relevant today as it was over thirty years ago, offering a provocative study of our language and an insightful look at the society in which we live.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Literary critic Amy Brady, who writes the monthly cli-fi column BURNING WORLDS at the Chicago Review of Books, tweets this today: ''Here, a scientist discusses #clifi. A discussion of function more than aesthetics, but valuable none-the-less -- - RE: Can 'cli-fi' really make a difference with the public? An Aussie climate scientist's POV

Literary critic Amy Brady, who writes the monthly cli-fi column BURNING WORLDS at the Chicago Review of Books, tweets this today: ''Here, a scientist discusses #clifi. A discussion of function more than aesthetics, but valuable none-the-less''
 
 
 
 
RE: Can 'cli-fi' really make a difference with the public? An Aussie climate scientist's POV