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ARTISTS FOR THE EARTH FICTION

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“All novels written now should be climate change novels unless they’re a fantasy in some way. Realist novels that don’t have climate change as part of the contemporary landscape are fantasies.”

Jane Rawson speaking to Ben Brooker on Australian Literature, 2018

 

In 2007 writer Dan Bloom coined the term “Cli-fi” to describe fiction dealing with climate change. Perceived as a ‘genre’ similar to sci-fi, or apocalyptic, Cli-fi is increasing thought of as a new literary way of thinking and writing. The newest form of Cli-fi can be topical, and as present-day as the news. Some suggest it should simply be called ‘contemporary fiction.’ In fact, Cli-fi is a growing presence in college curriculums – a tool in a collective effort to grapple with environmental problems with bridges to the humanities, sciences and activism.

Climate change presents a problem in that as a phenomenon it seems vast, complex, and its immensity too difficult to contemplate. And while science can explain it factually, to the average person it still seems distant and abstract – not infiltrating normal daily life.

Fortunately, novelists are focusing on climate change in ever greater numbers, and through their narratives they are personalizing the conflict. In their stories, climate change causes particular dilemmas, and through the characters’ struggles to deal with their altered world, the immensity of climate change takes on a human scale and the abstraction gives way to an emotional landscape readers can relate to and empathize with.

Through the arts, and particularly fiction that can portray the psychological, social, political, and cultural impacts of climate change, a consciousness can be raised, and then a consensus brought about to resist the status quo and force civic processes to reach agreements on how to proceed. Cli-fi is an essential tool that constructs meaning in the age of climate change. It brings scientific facts to life and without that, our behavior and politics cannot change.

RESOURCES:

CLIMATE CHANGE NOVELS

Nothing Is As It Was edited by Amanda Saint is a collection of short stories about climate change – the profits of which are donated to Earth Day Network.

https://www.amazon.com/Nothing-As-Was-stories-climate-ebook/dp/B07BY27Y6S/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid= 46663785&sr=1-2&keywords=Nothing+as+it+Was

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (U.S.)

Science in the Capital Trilogy and New York 2140

By Kim Stanley Robinson (U.S.)

Clade by James Bradley (U.S.)

Solar by Ian McEwan (Great Britain)

Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich (U.S.)

The Water Knife, The Wind Up Girl, The Drowned Cities and Ship Breaker

by J. Paolo Bacigalupi (U.S.)

Annihilationthe Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer (U.S.)

The Hungry Tide and The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh (U.S. and India)

The Swan Book by Alexis Wright (Australia)

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins (U.S.)

Ice Thaw and Lamentations of Zeno by Ilija Troganow (Bulgaria, Germany)

Alice, the Zeta Cat and Climate Change by Margret Boysen (Germany)

Arcadia by Lauren Groff (U.S.)

Artic Drift by Clive Cussler (U.S.)

Austral by Paul McAulay (Great Britain)

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz (U.S.)

Anchor Point by Alice Robinson (Australia)

Barkskins by Anne Proulx (U.S.)

Back to the Garden by Clara Hume (U.S.)

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller (U.S.)

A Breath of Fresh Air by Amulya Milladi (India)

California by Edan Lepucki (U.S.)

The Carhullan Army by Sara Hall (Great Britain)

Drowning Towers by George Turner (Australian)

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter (Great Britain)

False Skies by Liane Dirk (Germany)

A Friend of the Earth by T.C. Boyle (U.S.)

The Healer by Antti Tuomainen (Finland)

The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye (Canada)

I’m With the Bears: Short Stories from a Damaged Planet, Mark Martin, ed.

The Lost Angel by Javier Siera (Spain)

Low Boy by John Wray (U.S.)

The Maddadam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood (Canada)

Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta (Finland)

Methane by Christian Kracht and Ingo Niermann (Germany)

Mr. Eternity by Aaron Their (U.S.)

The New Atlantis by Ursula K. LeGuin (U.S.)

Not Dark Yet by Berit Ellingsen (Norway)

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee (U.S.)

The Overstory by Richard Powers (U.S.)

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

The Pesthouse by Jim Crace (Great Britain)

Polar City Red by Jim Laughter (U.S.)

The Rapture by Liz Jensen (Great Britain)

The Road by Carmac McCarthy (U.S.)

The Sea and Summer by George Turner (Australia)

SeaBEAN by Sarah Holding (Great Britain)

Severance by Ling Ma (U.S.)

Shakleton’s Man Goes South by Tony White (Great Britain)

Shrinking, Sinking Land by Kell Cowley (Great Britain)

South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby (U.S.)

Sunvault: Stories of Solar Punk and Eco-Speculation, editors Phoebe Wagner

and Bronte Christopher Wieland (United States)

The Swarm by Frank Schatzing (Germany)

The Tahiti Project and Maeva by Dirk C. Fleck (Germany)

10:04 by Ben Lerner (U.S.)

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Africa)

The Things We didn’t see Coming by Steven Amsterdam (Australia)

The Third Level by Ulrich Hefner (Germany)

Ultimatum by Matthew Glass (Australia)

Walkaway by Corey Doctorow (Canadian, U.K.)

Warmer – an Amazon collection of 7 short climate fiction stories

We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly (U.S.)

The World We Made by Jonathon Porritt (Great Britain)

YOUNG ADULT CLI-FI NOVELS
Breathe by Sarah Crossan (Ireland)

The Beast of Cretacea by Todd Strasser (U.S.)

The Carbon Diaries 2015 and The Carbon Diaries 2017 by Saci Lloyd

The Islands at the End of the World, The Girl at the Center of the World by Austin Aslan (U.S.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul6vXhsK5VI

Nature’s Confession by J. L. Morin (U.S.)

After the Snow by S. D. Crockett (Great Britain)

Balance of Fragile Things by Olivia Chadha (U.S.)

The Butterfly Effect by Rajat Chaudhuri (India)

The Completionist by Siobhan Adcock (U.S.)

The Dragon Keeper by Mindy Mejia (U.S.)

Empty by Suzanne Weyn (U.S.)

Exodus by Julie Bertagna (Scotland)

Falling Into Green by Cher Fischer (U.S.)

Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick (Great Britain)

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen (U.S.)

H2O by Virginia Bergin (Great Britain)

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francisca Lia Block (U.S.)

Not a Drop to Drink and A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis (U.S.)

The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman (U.S.)

Protectors of the Wood by John Kixmiller (U.S.)

Parched by Georgia Clark (U.S.)

Sila’s Revenge by Jamie Bastedo

Solstice by P. J. Hoover (U.S.)

The Ward  by Jordana Frankel (U.S.)

Water Inc. by Varda Burstyn (Israel, Canada)

The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher (U.S.)