Climate fiction (cli-fi) is a broad genre that includes all fiction that references the climate in some significant way. Most cli-fi explores human-caused climate change and its impact on humanity and the Earth in the present or future.
Telling stories about climate change helps us understand this big, impersonal, long-term trend in more immediate and personal ways. Charts and graphs are great when we want to understand the details of the science, but storytelling really helps us make sense of it all as human beings. It allows us to experience climate change through the eyes of deeply human characters with complex hopes, dreams, and fears that may speak to our own feelings about the realities of climate change. A good cli-fi story entertains us while also helping us figure out what climate change means for us as individuals, communities, and human societies.
Cli-fi is growing in popularity because the consequences of climate change are becoming more obvious and serious with each passing day. More authors are writing cli-fi, and more readers are looking for it. In honor of this growing trend, here are a few fun facts about cli-fi.
Goodbye Miami will be on sale on Cyber Monday! Pick up a copy of my climate fiction (cli-fi) novel, Goodbye Miami, on Monday, November 27 for just $1.99. (Regular Price: $3.99.)
My novel, Goodbye Miami, is on sale for 99 cents now through Monday (9/11). 100% of the proceeds of this sale will go to grassroots relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Goodbye Miami is the story of an American climate refugee who is displaced by a devastating hurricane that leaves the city of Miami underwater. It takes place in the year 2030. Unfortunately, there are real people in the present day who are already being displaced by hurricanes and wildfires that were made more intense by human-caused climate change.
This novel is part of my ongoing effort to write fiction and poetry that inspires serious thought, discussion, and action in the service of climate justice. Hopefully this sale will help spread the word and raise some funds for grassroots relief efforts.
If you prefer to donate directly to an organization rather than (or in addition to!) buying this novel, please refer to the following list of grassroots relief and recovery options.
On April 29, in honor of the People’s Climate March, I’ve decided to give away free Kindle edition copies of both of my climate fiction (cli-fi) novels!