Joni Adamson at ASU in Arizona is working on a nonfiction academic book about the rise of *cli-fi*.
See the award she just won for a two year project at ASU NEWS PR department here Congratulations, Joni! -- Break a leg! --
QUOTE: ''This fellowship will provide me with the time to finish a new monograph I am writing about the origins of human thinking about climate, which I trace back to ancient Greek, Roman and American almanacs and indigenous cosmologies and then forward to the latest addition to this canon, the recently popular genre of climate fiction, or “cli-fi” for short.'
Yes, you read right: Neal Shusterman's new cli-fi novel for Young Adults (YA genre) is set for an October 2018 release by his longtime publisher Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing company.
"Dry" explores what would happen if the United States ran out of water. Sound familiar? Droughts in California, Colorado. Capetown in South Africa running out of water now as we speak? Cli-fi is in the air, and now it's on the ground, too, where future droughts will get worse and worse over time.
So Shusterman's novel, which he co- wrote with his son Jarrod for young readers as a both a wake up call and warning, is a good example of YA cli-fi, a new literary genre for young people.
The book, a dystopian climate change story that also contains hope and the promise of a better world, was co-written with his son Jarrod Shusterman, and it follows Alyssa, a teenage girl living in California during an extreme drought, which everyone in the book calls "the flow crisis," and then "the Tap-Out."
"That’s what the media's been calling the drought, ever since people got tired of hearing the word 'drought,'" Alyssa explains in the novel. "Kind of like the way 'global warming' became 'climate change,' and 'war' became 'conflict.' But now they've got a new catchphrase. A new stage in our water woes. They’re calling this the 'Tap-Out.'"
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The story continues is a tragic way: when Arizona and Nevada pull out of a vital reservoir relief deal that brings some of the country's scarce water supply to Southern California, Alyssa and her community are left dry.
"Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive," the book notes.
Of course, it's hard not to see parallels between the plight of ''Dry'' says MJ at Mashable and the environmental disasters in our current news cycle. In 2017, Southern California faced historic wildfires that decimated a mil;ion acres of land. The rapid spread of those wildfires aided by years of drought. And Flint, Michigan, still doesn't have clean water, did you hear? And this almost four years after it was revealed that the city's water was heavily contaminated with lead in 2014.
''Dry,'' which is not a dry book at all, and which will leave your eyes feeling wet with tears, doesn't come out until Oct. 2.
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK IS HERE: