Saturday, November 23, 2019

Reading the Hot New Genre of ''Cli-Fi'' in 2019 and the 2020s

Reading the Hot New Genre of ''Cli-Fi''

Rebecca Hayes

By Librarian 
Categories: Staff Picks
Short for ''Climate Change Fiction,'' cli-fi might be a relatively new term (and a play on sci-fi), but it describes a kind of story humanity has been grappling with for decades.
It’s a genre of literature that focuses on the past, present, and future effects of climate change on society.Not a subgenre of science fiction, but a unique and separate genre of its own now, cli-fi encompasses any and all literature that examines the impact of man-made global warming.
Cli-Fi selections
The term was first coined by journalist and environmentalist Dan Bloom of in the early 2000s and has recently gained in popularity after being endorsed by Margaret Atwood. As a body of literature, cli-fi has been covered by The New York TimesThe Guardian, NPR, and many other outlets. The Chicago Review of Books even dedicates a monthly column penned by New Jersey literary critic Amy Brady called Burning Worlds to cli-fi book reviews, trends and author interviews.
Popular cli-fi titles include Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, and Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer—all of which you can get in print, ebook, or eaudiobook at the Library.
Check out our new Recommendation for Adults page for a selection of cli-fi titles to try, along with other reading lists and resources.

Rebecca Hayes is the Readers Services Librarian at the Morton Grove Public Library.

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