Thursday, September 21, 2017

YouTube News VIDEO: .....3 minutes...... - Climate Change Nurtures a New Genre Of Science Fiction Called ‘Cli-Fi’

VIDEO: 3 minutes - Climate Change Nurtures a New Genre Of Science Fiction Called ‘Cli-Fi’

Sci-fi, Meet Cli-fi , an oped by Stephanie Gorsek

Sci-fi, Meet Cli-fi
With the rise of global temperatures comes the rise of a literary genre.
A demanding college schedule gives me little free time. As much as I would love to open vacancy for pleasure reading, I already have enough academic readings on my plate. Still, a girl can dream, which is why I keep a list of books I'd like to read eventually. These books come from friend recommendations, my university's bookstore, and scrolling through  as a way of procrastination, but the most recent book I came across was mentioned in an article on my Facebook feed, a book from the cli-fi genre.

Apparently that was not a spelling error on the editor's part. Abbreviated for climate fiction, cli-fi genre books explore ideas and potential outcomes of Earth's climate change.
The book I found, titled The History of Bees by Maja Lunde details the lives of numerous environmental workers involved with bees in some way, set in the middle of the 19th century and going through 2098 where by that time bees are extinct. The plot carries an interesting premise but sheds light on a very real problem in the 21st century: the depleting bee population.

This kind of premise can be similarly seen in the closely related science fiction genre, as anticipated technology of the future, alternative environments, and apocalyptic settings of cli-fi books all fall under sci-fi criteria (think Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood).

 Cli-Fi aka climate fiction focuses on man made global warming issues, and what I find most interesting is the growing number of cli-fi works in recent years. Just type 'climate fiction' in Amazon's search bar.

Cli-fi has even reached the big screen, with upcoming films such as Geostorm, so I wonder if the rising emergence of this genre comes from the record breaking natural disasters in the past decade, or

Donald Trump's actions against climate change, such as withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord. Perhaps the recent news of increased temperatures or bee populations scares viewers and the only way to channel these fears is through fiction to distract from the unsettling reality.

But why not leave these fears to the scientists and researchers? What kind of voice can cli-fi literature provide?

I think cli-fi couldn't have been popular at a better time. 

 Literature inspires fresh thought, new voices, and motivation to take action, and the voices of the young have never been more visible than they have now with the outlet of social media. 

 We know that literature provides a route for escapism, but in cli-fi the stories are rooted in just enough contemporary reality for readers to connect the events that are happening in their book to the real world. 

 As Sarah Stankorb from The Daily Good puts it, fiction literature can "make the unthinkable more proximate, or even intimate." 

 Cli-fi literature provides us with guidance to ideas that we can hold close to us, nurture, and send out into our world in the hopes that someone else believes in those ideas that will make a positive change in the world.

An international cli-fi short story contest 2018 to be judged by cli-fi novelist Kim Stanley Robinson. Open now for submissions. This is now an annual event sponsored by Arizona State University's #CliFi Initiative

An international cli-fi short story contest 2018 to be judged by cli-fi novelist Kim Stanley Robinson himself! Open now for submissions. This is now an annual event sponsored by Arizona State University's #CliFi Initiative

In the wake of Earth’s hottest year on record, the effects of climate change are more apparent than ever. But how do we come to grips with the consequences on the ground, for actual people in specific places? Paolo Bacigalupi, renowned for his climate fiction novels and short stories, believes the answer lies in story: “Fiction has this superpower of creating empathy in people for alien experiences. You can live inside of the skin of a person who is utterly unlike you.” If our political responses and our empathy for people besieged by the consequences of climate change fall short, perhaps we need new stories to help us imagine possible futures shaped by climate change and our reactions to it.

Last year, the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University hosted the 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest, inviting writers from around the world to submit speculative fiction stories exploring climate change, narrating a world in flux. We were thrilled to receive submissions from 67 different countries, and to publish 12 finalists in a digital anthology, Everything Change15.

For the 2018 Cli-Fi Short Story Contest, we are broadening the scope, enthusiastically inviting submissions in all genres of short fiction, including speculative, realistic, literary, experimental, hybrid forms, cli-fi and more. [Climate change is so massive and sometimes so ineffable that we need all of the tools of narrative to adequately understand it and share stories and experiences about it.]

The contest will once again be judged by Kim Stanley Robinson16, award-winning author of many foundational works in climate fiction, along with other climate fiction experts from ASU.
The winning story will receive a $1,000 prize. Nine finalists will receive $50 each. The winner and finalists will be published in an online anthology, which will be free to download, read, and share.
The deadline for submission is February 28, 2018, with the finalists announced in summer 2018. All submissions must be received through our online submissions manager at https://everythingchange.submittable.com17.
submit18 Guidelines
  1. Imagining Climate Futures: Your submission in some way should illustrate or explore the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth, in the present or the near- or moderate-term future.
  2. Scientific Accuracy and Understanding: Your submission in some way should reflect current scientific knowledge about climate change, though you have full artistic freedom to exaggerate, embellish, and invent fictional conditions and situations.
  3. Climate Challenges, Human Responses: Your submission may illuminate and invite reflections on a climate-related challenge that individuals, communities, organizations, or societies face today, or might face in the near to moderate-term future. Examples include daily decisions and behaviors, policy-making and politics, strategy and planning, moral responsibility to the future, investment in R&D or technologies, and public health issues.

  1. Channel: All submissions must be received through our online submissions manager at https://everythingchange.submittable.com17 to be considered for the contest. Submissions that are received through other channels will not be considered for publication. There is no entry fee.
  2. Volume: Each author may submit one piece of work to the contest.
  3. Length: Work must be less than or equal to 5000 words.
  4. Language: While the presence of other languages in the text is acceptable, the majority of the work must be written in English.
  5. Genre: All genres, styles, or forms of short fiction will be considered. Academic reports or other examples of hard non-fiction will not be considered for publication.
  6. Blind: No identifying information should appear anywhere within the document.

Participants must be 18 years or older. U.S. and international submissions are welcome. ASU students and employees are welcome to participate.
Faculty and staff currently affiliated with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University are ineligible for consideration or publication.

Learn more about the 2016 contest19

Everything Change is free to download, read, and share in PDF and EPUB formats here at the Imagination and Climate Futures15 website, and at the Apple iBooks and Kobo digital book stores.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Climate Change Nurtures New Genre Called Cli-Fi and Kim Stanley Robinson is on it!

 KSR on stage in Phoenix, via live-tweeting....

VIDEO: 3 minutes - Climate Change Nurtures a New Genre Of Science Fiction Called ‘Cli-Fi’

and OPED by college student on 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.

  1. Piper Center @piper_center Sep 20
  1. Question time! Tweet with to ask Kim Stanley Robinson a question!
  3. Piper Center @piper_center Sep 20
  1. Question time! Tweet with to ask Kim Stanley Robinson a question!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Meet Leah Schade: Lutheran climate activist 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.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Dede Cummings is a publisher of cli-fi and she wants to be interviewed by the national media, too.

Dede Cummings is a publisher of cli-fi and she wants to be interviewed by the national media, too.

She just had this nice local feature about her Vermont.
Next up might be .......Alexandra Alter at the New York Times covering her press..... for the national spotlight?

Here is the link:


Dede Cummings  |
author-poet-publisher  |
book agent + design
Office: 139 Main Street, Suite 501, Brattleboro, Vermont  05301  |

Website:  |
Green Writers Press

Imagine if the headline today read: ''OSCARS RACE FULL OF CLi-Fi'' instead of this Drudge headline ''Oscar race full of sex... ''

Imagine if the headline today read: ''OSCARS RACE FULL OF Cli-Fi'' instead of this Drudge headline ''Oscar race full of sex... '' -

Cli-fi is the ‘best way to explore climate change,’ says literary critic

Cli-fi is the ‘best way to explore climate change,’ says literary critic


                     September 19, 2017               

“Cli-Fi novels and movies are probably the best way to explore climate change because fiction involves imagination and the human element — and no government funding,” literary critic and books blogger Frank Wilson in Philadelphia recently told me in an email. He’s been following the rise of the cli-fi genre in the U.S. and overseas and he likes it, but has some reservations about it, too. “And it’s too bad Michael Crichton, the author of ‘State of Fear’ in 2004, is dead. [His novel was cli-fi from a conservative, rightwing point of view.] Have any of the Cli-Fi writers adopted his skeptical stance, I wonder.”
Frank, who blogs at Books, Inq on an almost daily basis, is a former book editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper. Now happily retired, he writes about books and issues of general interest worldwide.
I like how he describes cli-fi novels, as “probably the best way to explore climate change” issues pro and con, because fiction involves the imagination and the human element of emotions, and, as Frank notes, “no government funding.”
So cli-fi novels and movies, unlike paid-for grant-fed government research from both rightwing think tanks and liberal think tanks, have a better chance to reaching the public, since no government funding or grant money from wealthy philanthropists is involved.
In reply to Frank’s frank question about Michael Chrichton, there have not been many rightwing cli-fi novels or movies so far, although the genre is open to all writers with all points of view, and certainly as time goes by we will be seeing some convervative cli-fi novels, too.

Not all cli-fi novels will be written by people who religiously believe in global warming and climate change.

Some will be written by climate deniers/denialists.

One such cli-fi novel was recently published, I told Frank in a return email, and it is titled “Climatized” and writtten by Florida resident Sally Fernandez. It’s available on Amazon, too.

I told Frank in a return email about one such cli-fi novelist Sally Fernandez, who recently published ''Climatized''. She refers to herself as fiscally-conservative
and socially-moderate.

At the same time, she denies that CO2 emissions by humans will cause catastrophic global warming. Although, she does not deny that the climate changes.

So there will be leftwing, rightwing and somewhere in between, expressing views in novels and movies. But for the most part..... the many thrust over the next 100 years of cli-fi will be from authors who want to warn readers about the dangers and risks of climate change by telling compelling stories with real characters and plots set in the present or near future.

Scientologist actress Elisabeth Moss defends her mindcontrolled brainwashed cult Scientology, and author Margaret Atwood says (paraphrasing) it's nothing to worry about, it's nobody's business but Moss' own private journey as a human being

    Scientologist actress Elisabeth Moss defends her mindcontrolled brainwashed cult Scientology in media interviews in 2017 pre and post the Emmy win, and ''THT''  author Margaret Atwood says.... (paraphrasing) ..... it's nothing to worry about, it's nobody's business but Moss' own private journey as a human being. SEE BELOW FOR MORE:
UPDATED (September 23)
from the Department of Amplification and the Department of Clarification:

Margaret Atwood, author of ''The Handmaid's Tale'', the 1985 novel that was adapted by Hulu for a TV series in 2017, has spoken out a bit, but not much, about how she views this ongoing media brouhaha over Lizzie Moss, star of the Hulu show and an Emmy winner for her part as well, and Moss's connection to the cult of Scientology -- it is definitely NOT a religion, according to those who have been in it and left it, see Tony Ortega's website at
 for more -- and when Atwood was asked if she was aware of the brouhaha and if she knew that Scientology was a massive fascist self-help fraud, Atwood said more or less, paraphrasing [''who cares, she's not hurting anyone, it's her personal journey and  if she likes being in it, that's fine'']:
Atwood: "Nah, her parents were [Scientology members so she was born into it]. And [her parents were of] the mild Hollywood kind. [Elisabeth is] about as fascist as my bedroom slippers. Nixon was a Quaker [after all]. As Fanny Silberman ( the model for Lily in ''Moral Disorder'' and a Holocaust survivor) used to say: "There's good and bad of everyone." You are what you do. Not what you be. Doo be do be do. If someone wants to believe people came out of a giant clam, that's fine with me, as long as they aren't Mean."

NOTE: Although the two quotes one above and one below are in ''quote marks'', it needs to be said that both quotes were ''heard'' ''second hand," just to clarify. A good reporter in Canada or USA can verify the quotes if they wish to do so, or they can get "fresh" quotes from Atwood. I am sure she has lots to say on this particular part of the brouhaha, but not one reporter has bothered to ask her. Someone will, eventually.
Atwood more: ''....if I take on one religion, then I'd have to take them all on. I am a strict agnostic.( In the minds of us strict agnostics, atheism is itself a religion.) Please, look at the origin stories of the major (and minor)  religions. Look at their past practices. (Mormons, anyone?) (Quakers, anyone?) Read "The Evolution of God" By Robert Wright. Read "Behave," Robert Sapolsky. (Why do we behave the ways we do, with every conceivable factor considered, including genes and upbringing)  Then we can talk about evil cults.'' 


Elisabeth Moss defends ''Scientology'' (sic, since it is not a science at all) after a IG fan compares it to Gilead in ''The Handmaid's Tale''

re ''Scientologist actress Elisabeth Moss defends her mindcontrolled brainwashed cult Scientology after fan compares it to Gilead in the Hulu movie of THE HANDMAID'S TALE and one wonders what Margaret Atwood thinks of a Scientologist appearing as the lead in the movie based on her book.? Emmys or not, Scientology is Gilead all over again , no? ''

Moss, who was born into a family that was already into Scientology and then raised a Scientologist and still belongs to the brainwashed mindcontrolled fascist cult, unconvincingly ''denies'' that the movement is similar to the fictional regime in The Handmaid’s Tale. What does Atwood think?
Elisabeth Moss
Moss is famously reluctant to talk about Scientology Photograph: Variety/REX/Shutterstock

Elisabeth Moss defends Scientology after fan compares it to Gilead

Actor, who was raised a Scientologist, denies that the movement is similar to the fictional regime in The Handmaid’s Tale

Elisabeth Moss has defended Scientology after a fan on her Instagram account drew parallels between the movement and Gilead, the dystopian homeland depicted in The Handmaid’s Tale.
Moss was raised as a Scientologist but rarely talks about it in the media, saying recently the issue was “private, off limits”.
However, the actor and producer was prompted to speak out after after a fan named as @moelybanks asked her if working on the hit drama had made her “think twice about Scientology”.
“Both Gilead and Scientology both believe that all outside sources (aka news) are wrong or evil… it’s just very interesting,” @moelybanks wrote below an Instagram post about the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale.
The question prompted Moss to respond, saying: “That’s actually not true at all about Scientology.”
She went on: “Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me. The most important things to me probably. And so Gilead and THT hit me on a very personal level. Thanks for the interesting question!”
Moss is famously reluctant to talk about Scientology. In 2016 she told the Guardian that her beliefs are no one else’s business.
“You feel kind of like, I am a nice person who likes to talk about stuff. I also get the curiosity. I get the fascination. I become fascinated with things that are none of my business as well. I am just fascinated when someone breaks up with somebody. I want to know all about it. I am very interested in what people are wearing, and all of that kind of thing, but you have a right to your privacy.”