Sherry Landow

“No more clocks that strike 13 and starships to Mars. We need to save the earth first.” – Dan Bloom, 2014 I was thirteen when I saw my first climate fiction (a.k.a. ‘cli-fi’) film, although I didn’t have that name for it then. The Day After Tomorrow told the story of Jake Gyllenhaal in a wet t-shirt running away from an apocalyptic-like tsunami. I don’t remember a lot after that, although I was thirteen – and it was Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s not surprising to find that there’s a lot more to the literary genre than this. Popularised by cli-fi advocate Dan Bloom, ‘cli-fi’ can be explained as fiction that explores issues surrounding climate change and global warming. Some call it a subgenre of sci-fi, while others argue that it can stand independently …

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