Is Cli-fi the new, hot genre?
It seems I’ve been putting my Song of Forgetfulness Sci-fi/Dystopian series in the wrong category.
According to an article in The Guardian, the genre has been around for some time, possibly as early as 2003 with Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood and Oryx and Crake.
Also, Ian McEwan’s novel Solar, is cli-fi, so clearly not that new. You can read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/may/31/global-warning-rise-cli-fi
Having looked up some Cli-fi, I think the genre is a little vague and saturated by all sorts of dystopian, sc-fi, YA, romance…in short, a lot of authors seem to be using the term quite loosely. Which is a good thing, especially with a sub genre that isn’t too well known. Perhaps now is the time to promote this category to raise awareness of global warming and the fragility of our beautiful planet.