Monday, April 30, 2018

Going solar


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.'

paperback (290 pages) 
The future, while not always perfect, still has its bright, shining moments, as revealed in this forward-thinking collection of short stories. The 17 stories tackle a variety of ethical, moral, philosophical, and technological issues with an eye toward imagining a sustainable world. The emphasis is on thoughtful, even radical solutions, such as in D.K. Mok’s delightful “The Spider and the Stars,” which traces the life and career of a young woman focused on applying entomology to space research, and Holly Schofield’s “The Call of the Wold,” about an introvert tasked with solving a community’s disagreements. In “The Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees,” Wendy Nikel pictures a world in which artificial forests struggle to handle the functions of the real trees they’ve replaced; Blake Jessop’s “New Siberia” sees humans adapting to extraterrestrial conditions while learning from the past. This anthology is a welcome relief from dystopias and post-apocalyptic wastelands, and a reassurance that the future need not be relentlessly bleak although most likely, according to 97 percent of our scientists worldwide, it will be. Sigh. (June 201i [pub date)

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