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Sunday, July 15, 2018
Wren Wallis and Laura Lidden on cli-fi and other genres....
@MarissaLingen says we can call it solarpunk, ecopunk, cli-fi......and panel will focus on substance rather than a moniker. Imagining optimistic (& inclusive?) environmental futures. Panelist Tom Greene says he's biracial & often writes >
12:11 PM - 15 Jul 2018
@MarissaLingen says we can call it solarpunk, ecopunk, ....... but panel will focus on substance rather than a moniker. Imagining optimistic.....sive?) environmental futures. Panelist Tom Greene says he's biracial & often writes >
We need to be open not just to all solutions but to discussing what the problems even are, & from various perspectives and communities. "We need to listen to our neighbors. How do we model a future where we listen better?" - @MarissaLingen
@ShiningComic says we tend to imagine optimistic futures as coming from shiny new technologies, rather than looking to solutions some communities (esp indigenous populations) have already developed, or respecting their lived experience as stewards.
Tom Greene says that reading STATION ELEVEN made him think of the ways that technology is already so unevenly distributed; if a pandemic along the lines of that in the book occurred, so much of the global population's lives wouldn't change much.
@ShiningComic The climate IS changing, the sea WILL rise, we're already cresting the top of the roller coaster; all we can do is direct how far we fall. We need to be teaching communities how to survive and thrive in a changed world.
@MarissaLingen The line between positive futures and utopias has to be explicit - too many people see fiction that solves or removes a single problem facing us and dismiss it as "utopian," & therefore unattainable.
Tom Greene suggests that Reagan-era cautionary tales about nuclear apocalypse, etc., gave SF a reputation for pessimism, and solarpunk and its ilk may change that perception - we can imagine better futures too.
Tom Greene recommends a documentary called "Landfill Harmonic," on HBO for rest of month, about ppl in Paraguay who pick through landfills and recycle things into other things (e.g., musical instruments).