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Climate-change fiction

Climate-change fiction

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Climate-change fiction, sometimes bbreviated as "cli-fi", is a literary and movie genre that describes novels and films about climate change and global warming issues.[1] Climate change themes are found within many genres and may be set in the past, present, or future. Some movies and novels raise awareness about the major threats that climate change and global warming present to life on Earth, although not all of them have that kind of impact and are released or published merely as entertainment.
A global community of novelists, journalists, bloggers, and activists have promoted this genre, including Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood,[2] American cli fi activist Dan Bloom,[3] British cli fi novelist Sarah Holding,[4] American novelist Barbara Kingsolver,[5] American sci fi novelist Kim Stanley Robinson,[6] American media critic Scott Thill,[7] American journalist Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow,[8] and Canadian-American archivist Mary Woodbury.[9] §

History and origin[edit]

In the past, prior to current understandings of man-made global warming, authors such as JG Ballard, John Wyndham and Jules Verne delved into climate themes. In modern times, writers such as David Brin, John Atcheson and Liz Jensen have novels that could be deemed as working the climate-change fiction genre. When scientists began to develop current theories about anthropogenic global warming (AGW), modern climate-change fiction was born.[10] An early example would be Arthur Herzog's Heat.[11]

The "cli-fi" term[edit]

The cli-fi term is an abbreviation of "climate-change fiction." The abbreviated nickname has caught on worldwide with newspapers and websites featuring the term in headlines and articles, from the New York Times to the Guardian, but it is just a shortening of "climate-change fiction" and not a genre of its own.

"Cli-fi" is also a cultural term that signifies a way of seeing the world we live in now, where climate change and global warming are major issues of the day worldwide. As such, in addition to being an abbreviation for the climate-change fiction genre, it also serves as a kind of "cultural prism" -- a concept popularized by media critic Scott Thill in a November 2014 Huffington Post piece headlined "Cli Fi Is Real."

Climate-change fiction in the classroom[edit]

As the genre gains widespread exposure in the media, via newspaper stories and book reviews, more and more universities are offering literature classes featuring novels and films with climate change themes. From Columbia University to Temple University, the genre is reaching into the academy by leaps and bounds.[12]

Over 50 academic & media links:

On the Need to Detail "Cli-fi" terminology on YIKI 

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