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A free sci-fi book on climate change from around the world, presented by Kim Stanley Robinson / Boing Boing

[ Editor's Note: I am a volunteer adviser to Arizona State University's Center for Science and Imagination, and Joey Eschrich is a colleague of mine there; I invited him to write his latest project, an anthology on science fiction about climate change. ]

Joey Eschrich :

Today, the Arizona State University's Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative published Everything Change: An Anthology of Climate Fiction, Volume II. The anthology contains 10 short stories from the 2018 Global Climate Fiction Competition and a foreword by renowned science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson, author of New York 2140, Green Earth, and other pioneering novels on climate crime. The book can be downloaded for free in various digital formats.

The stories written by authors from six different countries examine climate chaos and its consequences in a variety of genres and styles, from science fiction and fantasy to literature and prose poetry. In his preface, Robinson writes that the stories that unfold in distant places around the world are linked by grief in the face of impending losses:

The recurrent mood of these stories is mourning over the damage climate change inflicts on a particular place and culture. The peculiarity of these stories, the profound knowledge they show when places and cultures are lost, turn them into acts of love. Love is expressed as a kind of attention, as the detailed articulation of 1

0 popular places and cultures in immediate danger of being lost. If they are not yet lost, they will probably soon be lost – so fast that even if our global civilization immediately began to do anything to slow down, stop or even reverse climate change, these most vulnerable places and cultures are likely to fail. They run dead – no zombies, but condemned prisoners from history and geography.

Everything changes, Volume II [Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative/ASU]

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Cory Doctorow

I write books. My latest ones are: a YA graphic novel called In Real Life (with Jen Wang); a textbook on art and the Internet titled "Information does not want to be free": Laws for the Internet Age (with introductions by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer) and a YA sci-fi novel titled "Homeland" (the successor of Little Brother). I speak everywhere and I twitter and also stagger.


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