Seems as if literary gatekeepers around the world cannot wrap their arms around the concept of cli-fi. After all, they are in the business of making money off novels that distract us from the what really matters now, and that is climate change. Will anything change? Not for another century at least. Cli-fi will not truly surface until the mid-21st century and even by the year 2100, the beginning of the 22nd Century, cli-fi will be nowhere. We are living in this kind of reality. The ''NOT INTERESTED'' reality of our literary gatekeepers.
They've even crafted a slur against cli-fi, calling it "climate porn." Post Katrina, post-Harvey, post the Mumbai floods of 20017, we are still in the lala land of climate porn. And nothing will change for another 100 to 200 years and then, after 500 years of this NOT INTERESTED nonsense, it will be too late. As Margaret Atwood told Jeff Vandermeer in an interview a few years ago, by the time mother of all climate change/global warming distasters hits us, it will be too late. And no genre of literature -- not cli-fi, not sci-fi, not spec fic, not ecofic -- will make any difference. By the time the mother of all climate change impact events hits us, it will be too late. We were warned but we did not listen to McKibben or Klein or Monbiot or Caldeira or Revkin or Colbert or Lynas. We just keep being distracted by the latest MTV awards show, the last fashion trend, the latest cat videos, the latest gossip about Celebrity A-Listers.
We were all NOT INTERESTED.