Wednesday, March 25, 2015

''Cli-Fi, meet,reality." -- Cli-Fi as a cultural prism, not speaking of it here as a genre but as a ''buzzword''..

''Cli-Fi, meet reality."

That's how a recent article at MPR starts here:

not speaking of cli fi as a 'genre' but as 'cultural prism'  as Scott Thill phrases it

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Cli-Fi Report - an academic research tool for students, professors and media professionals worldwide

''Climate Juris Prudence''


''Climate Juris Prudence''

A climate activist with a yen for serious novels and even more serious movies about climate change and global warming issues is on a crusade to turn "cli-fi' into a legitimate literary genre about themes of global warming and climate anxieties -- much in the same way that sci-fi once served to wake the world up about scientific and technological anxieties -- in order to focus national and international attention on AGW issues and to try to stop potentially irreversible climate change impacts on humankind before they become unstoppable.......


Monday, March 23, 2015

"Exodus'' by Julie Bertagna - a brilliantly prescient cli-fi masterpiece.

I came across a great new cli fi novel "Exodus'' by Julie Bertagna - ''a brilliantly prescient cli-fi masterpiece.'' Has anybody here read it?

''Cli-Fi: The narrative of climate:''

Introducing a new global blog voice in observations:

Dr Ugo Bardi - ''Cli-Fi: The narrative of climate:''

Fiction is the fundamental lens we use to see the world. So, it is not surprising if, in this difficult moment, all sorts of narratives are competing to provide us with an explanation of what's happening around us. Most of these narratives are low level stories telling us whom we should hate and despise, but some are an attempt to bring us to a higher level of understanding of the world, describing the human side of a rapidly (too rapidly) changing world. One such attempt is climate fiction, or cli-fi; the human reaction to climate change. Some think cli-fi could lead us to do something to avoid the worst effects of climate change; but, in the end, fiction is most to be judged on whether it is bad or good. So far, it doesn't seem that cli-fi has produced true masterpieces, but, as Jorge Luis Borges said, human literature is a giant single book of which every story written by someone forms a chapter. Some of these chapters are being added right now under the subtitle of "climate fiction".

Here is an article on Cli-Fi .....recently which appeared on Inter Press Service [in English, French, Spnaish and soon, Italian, too.]

Cli-Fi’ Reaches into Literature Classrooms Worldwide

From ''Insurgent'' to ''Blade Runner'': why is the future on film always so grim? JOE QUEENAN in the UK asks in the GUARDIAN (link)

From Insurgent Blade Runner: .....why is the future on film always so grim?

A miserable vision of tomorrow has taken hold of Hollywood: bad food, lousy transport and Alice Cooper styling. You’re better off dead

READ FULL STORY HERE: and see the 400 comments too and add yours!

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        Because most movie executives are people over the age of fifty who with almost no exception are nostalgic for their childhood and afraid of change.

      Friday, March 20, 2015

      Climate-change fiction -- ''Cli-Fi'' Comes of Age


      Climate-change fiction (cli-fi)

      Climate-change fiction, also known as ''cli-fi,'' is a literary genre that describes fictional work (such as movies and novels) about climate change and global warming issues. Climate change themes are also found in some science fiction and other speculative fiction. Such films and novels may be set in either the present or the near or distant future, but they may also be set in the past. 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 entertainments.

      History and origin

      The term, often abbreviated as cli-fi, has been the focus of a global public relations campaign by climate activist Dan Bloom. The term was used in two movie reviews by Wired reporter Scott Thill. Bernie Bulkin, Former Chief Scientist of BP; Chair, the UK Office of Renewable Energy, writing for the Huffington Post, also explored science fiction with climate themes, referring to, quote, "what Dan Bloom has called 'cli-fi:' "'Cli-fi: one answer to a climate problem'."



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