Monday, February 19, 2018

ENGLISH TRANSLATION -- Un género literario acorde con el futuro de la humanidad? ''Cli–fi'' o ''ficción climática'' por Mariana Reyes

http://revistareplicante.com/cli-fi-o-ficcion-climatica/

''Cli–fi'' o ''ficción climática''

Un género literario acorde con el futuro de la humanidad

¿Qué pasa cuando los escritores deciden situar sus historias en escenarios futuros de devastación? En años recientes el cambio climático y sus consecuencias han sido un tema recurrente en la literatura y el cine. Con esto se inauguró un nuevo género literario: el cli–fi.
Distopía futurista. Imagen de la saga cinematográfica Maze Runner.
Pensar el futuro ha sido una obsesión humana. En épocas anteriores para anhelar tiempos mejores; hoy, ante la incertidumbre que campea en el planeta, para imaginar las posibles pesadillas que parecen avecinarse. Así, un mundo devastado, asolado por huracanes, inundaciones o sequías no es ya únicamente una imagen recurrente en las clases universitarias y coloquios de ciencia, sino que es un escenario cada vez más presente en el arte, especialmente en la literatura y el cine. Ante la evidente disolución de los límites entre la ciencia climática y la narrativa de ficción los escenarios pronosticados se han instalando en la producción literaria y cinematográfica contemporánea. Aunque en la actualidad ya no se identifican estas narrativas como ciencia ficción, sino que se les conoce como ficción climática o cli–fi —en clara alusión al célebre sci–fi. La reciente adopción de este término busca dar nombre a un género de películas y novelas, así como otras obras creativas, que exploran las posibles consecuencias catastróficas del cambio ambiental en nuestro planeta.
El término fue adoptado en el año 2007 por el periodista Dan Bloom, para luego ser impulsado por otros escritores, especialmente Scott Thill, colaborador de medios como Wired y Huffington Post. Desde ese entonces la expresión se ha ido popularizando y es ya un tema común en medios de comunicación e incluso materia de estudio en algunos cursos universitarios sobre literatura y ambiente.
Quizás el primer autor que involuntariamente inauguró el género fue J. G. Ballard, escritor británico de ciencia ficción que desde la década de los sesenta desarrolló una prolífica obra dominada por escenarios distópicos resultantes del deterioro ambiental y la evolución tecnológica. Ballard plasmó un conjunto de pesadillas climáticas en libros como El viento de la nada, novela en la que un extraño fenómeno desata un viento de procedencia desconocida que al acrecentarse termina siendo tan violento que hace casi imposible la vida sobre la Tierra; La sequía, en donde se narra cómo la contaminación industrial irrumpe el ciclo del agua provocando una mortífera aridez, y El mundo sumergido, historia que explora las circunstancias sociales y biológicas que se generan en un planeta inundado en el que sólo sobresalen los pisos de los edificios más altos y los escasos sobrevivientes humanos se concentran en uno de los polos de la Tierra. Así, en un golpe de clarividencia, Ballard describió lo que más tarde sería una de las mayores preocupaciones de nuestros tiempos: cómo el deterioro del medio no sólo pone en riesgo nuestra propia existencia, sino que le da un vuelco a todo proyecto civilizatorio y a nuestras formas de convivencia.
Otras obras catalogadas como cli–fi incluyen la del novelista Michael Crichton, cuyo trabajo más reconocido es Parque Jurásico, sobre todo por su exitosa adaptación cinematográfica. En su novela Estado de miedo el autor desarrolla una historia en torno al ecoterrorismo como estrategia para la protección ambiental. Por otro lado, el escritor estadounidense Kim Stanley Robinson ha utilizado sus novelas para explorar las formas en que la cultura y la naturaleza continuamente se reformulan una a la otra. El cli–fi queda encarnado particularmente en su trilogía Ciencia en la capital, situada en un futuro cercano que desmenuza los enredos entre ciencia y política como un llamado urgente a tomar acción ante el futuro.
Si la ficción científica es primordialmente optimista, la ficción climática se apega a los avisos que la comunidad científica se ha encargado de emitir durante décadas. Aquí no hay naves descomunales cruzando el espacio, sino que la mayoría de los horrores descritos nos parecen extrañamente familiares.
En 2010 el escritor británico Ian McEwan publicó Solar,novela que narra la historia de un científico ganador del premio Nobel que decide emprender una búsqueda para solucionar el cambio climático a través de la energía solar. Entretejiendo el drama personal con las vicisitudes del mundo académico, el libro resulta un gran acierto para posicionar temas tan actuales como el cambio climático en el imaginario de los lectores.
Ilustración para “Hello America”, próxima serie de Netflix que se basa en la obra de J. G. Ballard.
La escritora Margaret Atwood también ha contribuido con esta nueva línea literaria. En su trilogía distópica, conformada por los títulos Oryx y Crake, El año del diluvio y MaddAddam, la autora presenta un planeta en donde la inequidad social, la bioingeniería y la catástrofe climática han derivado en un escenario poco esperanzador.
Así, la literatura cli–fi representa un acercamiento imaginario al futuro y se ha convertido en un género que goza ya de presencia en los medios de comunicación y que puede llegar a ser una vía óptima para entender y explorar futuros posibles, empujándonos como lectores a pensar en el mundo que queremos vivir. Como dice Rodge Glass, a diferencia de la ciencia ficción, la cli–fi se desarrolla principalmente desde la advertencia más que desde el descubrimiento. Es decir, si la ficción científica es primordialmente optimista, la ficción climática se apega a los avisos que la comunidad científica se ha encargado de emitir durante décadas. Aquí no hay naves descomunales cruzando el espacio, sino que la mayoría de los horrores descritos nos parecen extrañamente familiares.
Lo anterior puede ser tomado como una oportunidad: cada vez que un término gana espacio en la literatura es una ocasión no sólo para examinar a los escritores que exploran este terreno, sino también para escudriñar a los lectores que lo compran, lo leen y lo discuten. Y esa discusión es posible que siga incrementándose, pues actualmente ya es sumamente difícil para cualquier escritor serio retratar convincentemente mundos futuros sin admitir que éstos serán, en buena medida, proyecciones del nuestro. Por lo tanto, si la amenaza climática que se cierne sobre nosotros aumenta, también deberá aumentar el vocabulario designado para darle sentido a esa amenaza, y es ahí donde la conjugación del arte con la ciencia crea aportes no sólo sorprendentes, sino muchas veces indispensables. ®
Publicado en: Ensayo

Shelter from the storm: Barbara Kingsolver's new novel for 2018 titled 'Unsheltered' probes human resilience

Readers around the world, you're in for a real treat.

The rural Virginia author of ''Flight Behavior'' and "The Poisonwood Bible" is back this year with her 15th novel, "Unsheltered." It's a timely novel that interweaves both the past and the present to explore our human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval. Like the Trumpian times we are living in today, not just in America but worldwide. Set for an October 16 release in the USA, and a October 18 release two days later in Britain, the new Kingsolver novel will likely be translated into over a dozen languages during the next five years. This is a book for our times.


The story? It comes in at around 500 pages, so get ready, that's a lot of page turning.


There's a main character named Willa Knox who has always prided herself on being the embodiment of responsibility for her family. Which is why it’s so unnerving that she’s arrived at middle age with nothing to show for her hard work and dedication but a stack of unpaid bills and an inherited brick home in Vineland, New Jersey, that is literally falling apart.


Add to that, the magazine where she worked has folded, and the university where her husband had tenure has closed. The dilapidated house is also home to her ailing and cantankerous father-in-law and her two grown children: her stubborn, free-spirited daughter and her dutiful debt-ridden, ivy educated son who has arrived with his unplanned baby in the wake of a life-shattering development.


In an act of desperation, Willa begins to investigate the architectural and construction history of her home, hoping that the local Vineland historical preservation society might take an interest and provide funding for its direly needed repairs. Through her research into Vineland’s past and its creation as an American radical, progressive Utopian community, she discovers a kindred spirit from the 1880s, a second main character named Thatcher Greenwood.


A science teacher with a lifelong passion for honest investigation, Thatcher finds himself under siege in his community for telling the truth: his employer forbids him to speak of the exciting new theory recently published by Charles Darwin. Thatcher’s friendships with a brilliant woman scientist and a renegade newspaper editor draw him into a vendetta with the town’s most powerful men. At home, his new wife and status-conscious mother-in-law bristle at the risk of scandal, and dismiss his financial worries and the news that their elegant house is structurally unsound.


Brilliantly executed and compulsively readable, ''Unsheltered'' is the story of two families, in two different centuries, who live in a house at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Plum Street, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts: one in 2016 and the other in 1871. In this mesmerizing story -- told in alternating chapters -- Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred spirits -- whether family or friends -- and in the strength of the human spirit.


”When Kingsolver began writing the novel more than two years ago, an editor in New York remarked, after seeing some early chapters, that she [the editor] did not think the world was so dark. Now, Kingsolver says, the novel seems alarmingly relevant,” Melanie Kembrey reported for the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia in a long-distance phone interview with the rural Virginia author.


“It’s funny that I have this crazy habit of publishing right at the moment before a new movement kind of crashes, or breaks open,” Kingsolver said over the phone.


“I think of myself as a surfer. I’m not making the wave, I’m just riding it,” the celebrated novelist said.
As for Vineland, a real city in a real New Jersey -- "South Jersey" -- its setting in the novel is cause for celebration among residents of the town who hope the book will put Vineland, past and present, on the national and international maps.


When recently informed that a new American novel will focus on Vineland, Patricia A. Martinelli who is the curator of the Vineland Historical Museum, told this blogger: “Barbara Kingsolver, who is such a gifted writer, already has a number of fans in South Jersey who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of her new book. We believe that its release will go a long way toward generating new interest in Mary Treat and some of the other inventive, innovative people who lived in Vineland, a town that was once nationally recognized as a cultural mecca.”

According to local newspaper editor Joan Kostiuk, three years ago, in 2015, Kingsolver visited Vineland at the local library’s invitation because she was doing research on what was then a new novel-in-progress that was going to be set in the area.

Now the novel is published, the release date is set, and readers around the world are set for a real treat.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Shelter from the storm: Barbara Kingsolver's new novel "Unsheltered" probes new territory in New Jersey history

Barbara Kingsolver's new novel "Unsheltered" probes new territory in New Jersey history

by Danny Bloom and agencies
COVER PHOTO 

The US cover of Barbara Kingsolver's 'Unsheltered' (HarperCollins). — AFP picThe US cover of Barbara Kingsolver's 'Unsheltered' (HarperCollins). — AFP pic



VINELAND, NEW JERSEY -- In a newspaper article in 2015 in New Jersey by local reporter Joan Kostiuk, headlined ''Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver talks about writing, climate change and her next book,'' it was first reported that the
popular novelist was working on an outline and a draft of a new novel, set for publication in October 2018 in both the America and Britain.


The novel is now on its way to readers worldwide, but they will have to wait a few more months to dig in. In addition, based on Kingsolver's international fame, the new novel will likely be translated into 15 languages as well.

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While the title of the book was not known at the time, it has now been announced by the publishers in New York and London that the fictional work is titled "Unsheltered." It will be in bookstores soon (and sold via online book-ordering sites as well).

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UPDATED: The rural Virginia author of ''Flight Behavior'' and "The Poisonwood Bible" is back this year with her 15th novel, "Unsheltered." It's a timely novel that interweaves both the past and the present to explore our human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval. Like the Trumpian times we are living in today, not just in America but worldwide. Set for an October 16 release in the USA, and a October 18 release two days later in Britain, the new Kingsolver novel will likely be translated into over a dozen languages during the next five years. This is a book for our times.

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The story? It comes in at around 500 pages, so get ready, that's a lot of page turning.

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There's a main character named Willa Knox who has always prided herself on being the embodiment of responsibility for her family. Which is why it’s so unnerving that she’s arrived at middle age with nothing to show for her hard work and dedication but a stack of unpaid bills and an inherited brick home in Vineland, New Jersey, that is literally falling apart.

Add to that, the magazine where she worked has folded, and the university where her husband had tenure has closed. The dilapidated house is also home to her ailing and cantankerous father-in-law and her two grown children: her stubborn, free-spirited daughter and her dutiful debt-ridden, ivy educated son who has arrived with his unplanned baby in the wake of a life-shattering development.

In an act of desperation, Willa begins to investigate the architectural and construction history of her home, hoping that the local Vineland historical preservation society might take an interest and provide funding for its direly needed repairs. Through her research into Vineland’s past and its creation as an American radical, progressive Utopian community, she discovers a kindred spirit from the 1880s, a second main character named Thatcher Greenwood.

A science teacher with a lifelong passion for honest investigation, Thatcher finds himself under siege in his community for telling the truth: his employer forbids him to speak of the exciting new theory recently published by Charles Darwin. Thatcher’s friendships with a brilliant woman scientist and a renegade newspaper editor draw him into a vendetta with the town’s most powerful men. At home, his new wife and status-conscious mother-in-law bristle at the risk of scandal, and dismiss his financial worries and the news that their elegant house is structurally unsound.

Brilliantly executed and compulsively readable, ''Unsheltered'' is the story of two families, in two different centuries, who live in a house at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Plum Street, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts: one in 2016 and the other in 1871. In this mesmerizing story -- told in alternating chapters -- Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred spirits -- whether family or friends -- and in the strength of the human spirit.

”When Kingsolver began writing the novel more than two years ago, an editor in New York remarked, after seeing some early chapters, that she [the editor] did not think the world was so dark. Now, Kingsolver says, the novel seems alarmingly relevant,” Melanie Kembrey reported for the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia in a long-distance phone interview with the rural Virginia author.

“It’s funny that I have this crazy habit of publishing right at the moment before a new movement kind of crashes, or breaks open,” Kingsolver said over the phone.

“I think of myself as a surfer. I’m not making the wave, I’m just riding it,” the celebrated novelist said.
As for Vineland, a real city in a real New Jersey -- "South Jersey" -- its setting in the novel is cause for celebration among residents of the town who hope the book will put Vineland, past and present, on the national and international maps.

When recently informed that a new American novel will focus on Vineland, Patricia A. Martinelli who is the curator of the Vineland Historical Museum, told this blogger: “Barbara Kingsolver, who is such a gifted writer, already has a number of fans in South Jersey who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of her new book. We believe that its release will go a long way toward generating new interest in Mary Treat and some of the other inventive, innovative people who lived in Vineland, a town that was once nationally recognized as a cultural mecca.”

According to local newspaper editor Joan Kostiuk, three years ago, in 2015, Kingsolver visited Vineland at the local library’s invitation because she was doing research on what was then a new novel-in-progress that was going to be set in the area.

Now the novel is published, the release date is set, and readers around the world are set for a real treat.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Climate Change Fiction academic paper by Asia-based Matthew Schneider-Mayerson in Singapore #CliFi

https://planthealthsolutionsblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/16/31-climate-change-fiction-matthew-schneider-mayerson-academia-edu/ -


Climate Change Fiction academic paper by Asia-based Matthew Schneider-Mayerson in Singapore #CliFi

River's Child -- a cli-fi fantasy novel by Mark Daniel Seiler / THE BACK STORY TO PUBLICATION

From an older issue of the Island Garden newspaper in Hawaii, some earlier news about Mark Daniel Seiler's new cli-fi novel titled "River's Child."
AMAZON DETAILS HERE:
The back story goes like this: 

A few years ago, Hawaii resident Mark was playing basketball with some friends when a torn anterior cruciate ligament sidelined him.
With nothing to do but rest and heal, the carpenter found the inspiration to write a cli-fi fantasy novel set in the future titled “River’s Child.”
“I had a lot of time on my hands,” Seiler said. “I sent the book to David Rosenberg from the Kauai Writers Conference and he was generous enough to read it. He gave me a lot of comments but ultimately said that with some edits, you could send it off.”
Seiler made those edits and began sending out his manuscript.
“I sent out about 150 query letters and waited over four to six months to hear back,” the Kalaheo resident said. “After getting rejection letters every day and not getting any good news, I had just about given up. I didn’t totally give up on it, but I had run out of options.”
With little hope left, Seiler received one more message about the novel.

This time, it wasn’t a rejection notice!

''I got an email saying that I won the Landmark Literary Award (for fiction),” he said.
Homebound Publications’ 2016 Landmark Prize for Fiction which is run by his publisher Homebound Pulications.The results can be found here.

After giving him the prize notice from her publishing firm, Leslie Browning from Homebound Publishing told Mark she wanted to publish his book. Perfect!
After self-publishing his first novel, “Sighing Woman Tea,” Seiler said he couldn’t believe his second novel would be real-published, mass-published by a major publishing firm. It was. It is. Get ready to read an amazing story concocted inside Mark Daniel Seiler's brain!
“You go a long time where it’s just friends and family that will read your stuff, but I had some good luck with my first book, I had a lot of good reviews. The best thing is hearing from people who get a hold of you to talk about the story. It motivates you to get good feedback,” he said.
“River’s Child” is set to come out in the spring of 2018. 
Writing for Seilier is a little more serious than a hobby, he says. “It’s more like a calling. There’s too much time and effort put into this. I could’ve built several homes in the time it took to write this book. The commitment has to be pretty high.”


Whilst he’s not working on his future novels, Seiler builds homes and canoes. He also plays the violin and does charity volunteer work in Hawaii.
Seiler, who had the idea of becoming an author in the back of his mind and decided to explore his passion for literature, doesn’t understand why everyone who wants to become a writer doesn’t just do it.
“If somebody does want to write a book, they can,” he said. “You can’t do it all by yourself, but it’s within reach for anyone to do it. I’m not an English major. You just have to love it.”

SYNOPSIS

Trapped underground in the Svalbard Seed Vault, Mavin Cedarstrom is rescued by a band of strange women dressed in furs. The Peregrine scout Simone Kita was sent to recover seeds from the top of the world and bring them south to the floating gardens of Kashphera. Conjuring myth and magic, this fun, action-packed novel is a delight. River’s Child is a wild ride into an ancient future. Fasten your seat belt as our spirited heroes ride icebergs from the frozen north, battle wild men, and fall in love while they race to prevent world war.

It's that time of year again! -- A good friend of ours who is doing a PhD in cli-fi that is examining the intersection btw eco-catastrophe Sci-Fi and Cli-Fi. They are submitting the long-awaited thesis *next month*.

 It's that time of year again! -- A good friend of ours who is 

doing a PhD in cli-fi 

that is examining the intersection btw eco-catastrophe Sci-Fi 


and Cli-Fi...... UPDATE! 


They are submitting the long-awaited thesis *next month*.

 -- Bravo, PhD in waiting!'' !!!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hashtag Cli-Fi ----------------------------------------------------- #CliFi

A new blog post is coming here soon. Stay tuned. Meanwhile if you are searching for cli-fi news links on Twitter, search under the #CliFi hashtag and hundreds of tweets and news links and PR for cli-fi novels will appear. In. An. Instant.


#CliFi