Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What agents, editors, CEO's think about the new genre of CLi Fi - quotes galore

What agents, editors, CEO's MIGHT think IF ASKED about the new genre of CLi Fi - quotes galore 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

What is the "cli fi" genre all about and why is it gaining traction now? A climate activist and literary activist speaks out here

DAN BLOOM COINED THE ''CLI FI'' genre term for climate change novels and the media has recently been looking into the concept, from an NPR radio show a year ago to a recent NEW YORK TIMES feature on cli fi. HERE IN THIS INTERVIEW, DAN BLOOM tells how it all transpired and what, perhaps, it all means:

I am just a literary theorist, and I don't own the cli fi genre or control where it will go in the future, and it could go in many different directions, depending on where writers and film directors and readers want to take it, but as I see things now, and in the way that I envisioned the genre term, cli fi can take place in the past, the present or the future (near future or distant future) and it can be either dystopian in nature or even utopian. So that is the difference. Cli fi can go either way, towards dystopian themes or towards utopian themes. So cli fi novelists can write where their imaginations and worldview takes them: either to envision dystopian settings or utopian settings. In other words, as I see it, not all cli fi novels will be doomsday stories set in dystopian worlds, although many of them will be, perhaps the majority. Some will be hopeful and optimistic about how humans might fix the current problems we are facing and end on notes of hope.

Actully, I am not really trying to build a canon, but I guess eventually cli fi will become a literary canon on its own. I am just trying to use my passion for being a steward of the Earth as a climate activist concerned about the future of the human species -- and PR skills as a media worker  for over 40 years, reporter, editor, columnist -- to help popularize the cli fi genre as a media term and a literary term. If a canon develops later, that would be good, and I will welcome that process. For me, at this time, the main criteria for a novel or a movie to be considered cli fi is this: it has a climate-related theme. It could be a novel about the sun heating up and causing climate problems on Earth. It could be a novel about the sun cooling down and global cooling causing troubles on Earth, as we saw in "The Day After Tomorrow" cli fi movie by Roland Emmerich, the great German disaster movie director. 

And cli fi can be written by people who believe that climate change and global warming are real, or by people who don't believe in these scientific truths at all. A climate denialist could even write his or her take on a cli fi novel, as Michael Crichton did in 1994 with "State of Fear." So the door is wide open for all writers, from all nations, from all points of view. 

My own interest, and what has pushed me on, is in cli fi literature that warns readers of the perils of climate change and global warming and the further perils of not doing anything about it before it is perhaps too late. So I am first and foremost a climate activist, deep green, hoping to see cli fi develop into a genre that serves a warning sign, an alarm bell, a wake up call for humankind. 

I envision some writer, male or female, from some country, Western or Asia or African, in any language, writing a major cli fi novel that would have the same power to change the world and wake up humankind as Nevil Shute's 1957 novel about nuclear war and nuclear winter "On the Beach" did. 

But any novel with a climate theme could be part of the evolving canon.

Cli fi is such a new genre that very few climate-themed novels have been
called cli fi before now. In fact, until NPR radio did a radio program
about cli fi novels a year ago in April 2013, very few people had ever
heard of the term and most people still haven't heard of it. But
looking back at earlier works, surely British writer JG Ballard's "The
Drowned World" from 1962 was a cli fi novel. In Australia, George
Turner released a cli fi novel titled THE SEA AND SUMMER in 1987.
Barbara Kingsolver's FLIGHT BEHAVIOR is a modern cli fi novel, and
Nathaniel Rich's ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW released a year ago and the
subject of the NPR news show is a comic cli fi novel. Bruce Sterling
wrote a short story titled MASTER OF THE AVIARY that takes place 1000
years ago and is a cli fi short story. Maragaret Atwood's trilogy that
ends with the recently-released MADDADDAM is a cli fi triology for
sure, although she prefers to refer to her writings as speculative
fiction rather than cli fi and I respect that, of course.

Why are these books and short stories cli fi? They have strong
climate-related themes, they peer into the past or the present or the
near future, and they are for the most part dystopian in nature,
although Kingsolver's novel and Rich's  novel express hope and
optimism at the same time as they probe deeply into climate change
issues.

By the way, a former WIRED magazine writer Scott Thill, now with a
strong presence on Twitter, calls cli fi "a critical prism" and is
more interested in looking at movies and novels about climate through
this prism. I like his point of view, too. He is not interested in cli
fi as a marketing or publishing buzzword, and not even as literary or
movie genre, but more as a critical prism to use to shine some needed
light on the culture we live in today.

Another very interesting cli fi novel is SHACKLETON'S MAN GOES
SOUTH
by British writer Tony White, published in 2013. What's special
about his novel is that rather than set the story in the northern
world of North America or Europe, he sets the book in Antarctica in
the near future (with flashbacks to the past as well).

The only one that I can think of is ''science fiction'', early on in its infancy dubbed ''sci fic'' and then ''science fiction'' and then ''sci fi'' and then ''SF''. In some literary people and media observers (and sci fi writers and sci fi historians) have told me when I canvassed them on their opinion of the cli fi genre told me that while they like the cli fi genre term as a new literary term, they see it mostly as a subgenre of sci fi. And I respect them opionions and was glad to get their feedback. Among those who told me that they like the cli fi term but see it as a subgenre of sci fi are: H. Bruce Franklin, sci fi historian; David Brin and Kim Stanley Robinson, sci fi novelists; Gerry Canavan and Andrew Milner, sci fi historians and Bruce Sterling, sci fi writer.

I'd love to hear from others about any other literary movements specifically concerned with contemporary scientific developments. 

There is a small niche genre dubbed "lab lit" coined by a lab lit writer in Britain, and the New York Times did a piece on her idea three years ago. The link is lablit.comand the term stands for laboratory literature, novels and short stories specifically about scientists or lab technicians working in science labs and focusing on any number of scientific questions such as climate change, medical advances, space rockets, cancer, aging, etc.

Cli fi novels or movies like Nathaniel Rich's ''Odds Against Tomorrow'' (2013) and Barbara Kingsolver's ''Flight Behavior'' -- and Darren Aronofsky's new movie titled "Noah" are all good examples of cli fi that ten years ago might have been labeled as science fiction, but with the rise of the cli fi term now, we can see that they are not sci fi at all but cli fi at heart. While sci fi novels have had and will continue to have an altered climate is part of the plot, what makes cli fi different from sci fi is that sci fi is often also about space travel, colonizing distant planets, clocks that strike thirteen and other "Twilight Zone" kind of events, cli fi is focused solely on climate change and global warming issues, pro or con. 

Sci fi is often about fantasy and the fantastic, while cli fi is based on the reality of climate change and how it is impacting or will impact later on life on Earth. Sci fi has a long and important literary history, and most of us grew up on sci fi. I hope cli fi will have a long and important literary history, too, not replacing sci fi, but merely going in a different direction. As I see it, the two genres are not opposed, but joined at the place where writers and scriptwriters play with their imaginations. Sci fi will always have a place in our culture, for sure. And now, as the reality of climate change sinks in year by year, IPCC report by IPCC report, cli fi will take up a new and important place in the arts.

Most cli fi will not be sci fi, but some sci fi could qualify as cli fi, too. So there will be a mixing of genres in some cases, and writers will find their way -- and feel their way -- on their own.

Sci fi movies or novels can also be cli fi, if they delve into climate themes, even climate themes on faraway planets such as the climate on Mars or Jupiter. And cli fi movies and movies can also be sci fi in some cases, if their main theme is climate but with a sci fi twist. For example, a new movie set for late 2014 release from director Christopher Nolan and titled "Interstellar" is a sci fi movie but with a strong cli fi sub-theme as well. So some novels and movies can cross the lines between sci fi and cli fi.

In general, I feel that disaster movies are helpful to the
rise of cli fi and not harmful at all. Raising public awareness is
pivotal in terms of understanding climate change impacts on humankind
in the future, so disaster movies have an important role to play in
the rise of cli fi, including Soylent Green (1973), Escape From New
York (1981), Escape From L.A. (1996), Southland Tales (2006), In Time
(2011), and Elysium (2013). Movies, perhaps more than novels, impact
the public more than ever these days.

''The Fifth Sacred Thing'' is soon to be a feature film, too, I have heard.

The thing is for the movie directors to try to get the science of
climate change right, and while not every cli fi movie will be written
by a scientist with a PHD in climate science, I think Hollywood is
moving in the right direction with "Noah" now and "Interstellar"
coming later in the year.

One the one hand, disaster movies are mere escapism and entertainment.
But on the other hand, they have a role to play in raising awareness
about the iffy future our descendants are going to face during the
next 30 generations, if we get that far.

Where ''cli fi'' as a genre will go in the future is anyone's
guess, and time will tell. Literary critics and media observers around
the world will likely add their input to the meme and what direction
it goes, as will academics and newspaper editorial writers. But the
real direction of cli fi novels and movies will be determined by the
men and women who sit down to write cli fi novels and cli fi movie
scripts and TV shows, so the real work on this evolving genre will be
done by writers themselves, from many nations, and in many languages.
My hope for the genre is that is will lead to increased public
awareness worldwide about the very real dangers of unstopped climate
change and unstopped global warming due to the excessive amounts of
fossil fuels the human race is burning and putting into the Earth's
fragile atmosphere every day.

My hope is that cli fi novels and movies
will play a big role in both preparing humanity for what is coming
down the road,three to thirty generations from now, and in helping the
to stop the insanity that we humans are allowing to happen on our
watch here on Earth. So for me, cli fi is not just an evolving
literary genre; it must also serve as a global alarm bell about what
we are doing to our climate and how this will impact future
generations of humans, if there are to be any.

For the rest of my
life, I will be watching from the sidelines of the internet to see how
cli fi reaches out and increases public awareness, hopefully reaching
our leaders in government around the world. They have the power to
stop this insane build-up of carbon dioxide that threatens to put an
end to the human species within the next 500 to 1000 years.

Cli fi
novels and movies can help raise the public discussion to a higher
level.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

climate change friends and advisors HELP ME on this - re recent AP story that mocks global warming issues as a mere "game" WTF? your opinion? tell me

climate change friends and advisors HELP ME on this

 re recent AP story that mocks global warming issues as a mere "game" WTF? your opinion? tell me

Shame on 2 adult AP reporters whose bylines appeared on Ap story online for for ending their very important and good climate story with a mockery of serious issue by writing in last graf: '' So far, the scientists have not come up with the next step, common on Facebook pages: The interactive quiz to determine which global warming problem you most resemble.'' WTF? That is funny?

Mocking the serious issues confronting humankind by adding that last graf that lowers the discussion to trendy Facebook list trend and asking which global warming problem the reader most resembles?

I wrote to one reporter and he apologized and said he was jetlagged and wishes he never added the last graf. but it went on the wire worldwide now and the climate denialists are eating it up: "see" they say " even AP mocks global warming as a mere trendy facebook list game and of course climate change is a hoax."


Thanks AP for being a professional wire service. NOT.

 re

/News/worldwww.taipeitimes.com/archives/2014/03/30/2003586877 

CLI FI CENTRAL: 'Cli-fi' – a new literary genre

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JAMES LOVELOCK speaks out in UK on future of human species - ''we are in deep shit!''

The IndependentSunday 30 March 2014 My AccountLogout RegisterLoginApps eBooks i Jobs Dating Shop News UK Home News UK Politics Crime This Britain Weird News World Europe Americas Middle East Asia Africa Australasia World Politics World History Novaya Gazeta (English) US Elections US Elections Battleground Business Business News Business Comment Business Analysis & Features Sharewatch SME Market News Market Epic Market Heatmaps Market Screener Business Directory ES Business Connections People Profiles Diary Science Environment Climate Change Green Living Nature Media Opinion TV & Radio Press Online Advertising Technology Education News Schools Further Higher Primary Tables 2011 Secondary Tables 2012 Training & Courses MBA & Executive Images Obituaries Diary Corrections Newsletter Appeals Images Voices Sport Tech Life Property Arts + Ents Travel Money IndyBest Blogs Student Offers Clegg vs Farage Oculus Rift and Facebook Morning-after pill George Osborne Greece Michael Gove News > UK > Home News Gaia visionary advocates city living to sit out the worst extremes of climate change 1 / 1Dr Lovelock is famed for his Gaia theory of the Earth as a self-regulating organism Ian Johnston Sunday 30 March 2014 Shares: 44 Print Your friend's email address Your email address Note: We do not store your email address(es) but your IP address will be logged to prevent abuse of this feature. Please read our Legal Terms & Policies A A A Email People should give up on the “English dream” of a house and garden in the countryside and retreat into mega-cities to sit out the worst extremes of climate change, environmental guru James Lovelock said yesterday. Ads by Google 燦坤福利社 全新福利品搶購搶購全新福利品,快上全國最大3C家電 福利品購物網,種類齊,價格殺! www.tkec.com.twClimate CoLab Create proposals for climate change with people from all over the world climatecolab.orgClimate Change Will we protect our planet? Can we adapt? If not, we are toast! arewetoast.comDr Lovelock, famed for his Gaia theory of the Earth as a self-regulating organism, says humanity should take inspiration from termites who build giant nests with air-conditioning towers to regulate the temperature. He cited Singapore as an example of a place where people had found a way to live happily despite the heat. In the past he predicted a future in which humanity would be forced to flee towards the Poles as much of the planet was rendered uninhabitable by soaring temperatures; but in his forthcoming book, A Rough Ride to the Future, he says this was a mistake. However, people would still have to embrace significant changes in their way of life in an era dubbed the “Anthropocene”, because humans are having such a profound impact on the climate. “I think it’s not surprising that insects have found that the best way of living is to live in nests,” he told an audience at the Oxford Literary Festival yesterday. “Termites in Australia have nests with huge air-conditioning towers on top of them to keep the internal climate just right,” he said. When people talk about saving the planet, “I get very depressed because I think this is entirely the wrong way to look at things … It’s remarkably inexpensive to keep Singapore cool enough for the inhabitants, despite the fact it’s 12 degrees hotter than the global average.” Dr Lovelock, 94, who lives at Chesil Beach in Devon, said this might mean adjusting aspirations. Many people dream of having “a home in the countryside with a nice big garden”, he said. “But that will use one hell of a lot of energy compared with flats in the city … An awful lot of people would think they are in heaven if they have got a flat in a skyscraper in New York. Those same people would think they were condemned almost to a prison sentence to live where Sandy [his wife] and I live, on the beach.” Despite having inspired generations of environmentalists, he has attracted controversy because of his support for nuclear power and, more recently, shale gas obtained by fracking. And he seemed delighted by the recent turbulent weather – something that climate scientists have said will increase as the world warms. He spoke of his seafront view of five hurricane-force storms in a month over the winter as “exciting beyond belief”. But he is keen to convince humanity that it is fundamentally changing the world in a way not seen since the rise of photosynthesising plants. The solution is not “sustainable development” but “sustainable retreat”.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Was it right for the Associated Press to "joke" about a list of global warming issues as if climate issues are just an internet game?

AP wrote: "So far, the scientists haven't come up with the next step, common on Facebook pages: The interactive quiz to determine which global warming problem you most resemble.''

The two AP reporters, both professionals, let their guard down and thought it might be fun and funny to JOKE about climate issues, ending their otherwise very good story on wires worldwide:

''So far, the scientists haven't come up with the next step, common on Facebook pages: The interactive quiz to determine which global warming problem you most resemble.''

THE LIST?

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/un-panel-8-reasons-worry-about-global-warming
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YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — If you have already read "12 Pieces of Practical Advice from Housecats," now you can move on to "8 Reasons to Worry about Global Warming."
A United Nations panel of scientists is joining the list craze with what they call eight "key risks" that are part of broader "reasons for concern" about climate change.

It's part of a massive report on how global warming is affecting humans and the planet and how the future will be worse unless something is done about it. The report is being finalized at a meeting this weekend by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

They assembled the list to "make it understandable and to illustrate the issues that have the greatest potential to cause real harm," the report's chief author, Chris Field of the Carnegie Institution of Science in California, said in an interview.

But a draft of the list — called by the acronym RFCs — includes science-heavy language, caveats and uses lowercase Roman numerals, for example using iv instead of 4.
A boiled-down version of what the scientists say the warmed-up future holds for Earth if climate change continues:

1. Coastal flooding will kill people and cause destruction.
2. Some people will go hungry because of warming, drought and severe downpours.
3. Big cites will be damaged by inland flooding.
4. Water shortages will make the poor even poorer in rural areas.
5. Crazy weather, like storms, can make life miserable, damaging some of the things we take for granted, like electricity, running water and emergency services.
6. Some fish and other marine animals could be in trouble, which will probably hurt fishing communities.
7. Some land animals won't do much better and that's not good for people who depend on them.
8. Heat waves, especially in cities, will kill the elderly and very young.

So far, the scientists haven't come up with the next step, common on Facebook pages: The interactive quiz to determine which global warming problem you most resemble. [FUNNY?]
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When this blogger wrote to AP top brass saying SHAME ON YOU FOR STOOPING TO JUVENILE HUMOR ON SERIOUS ISSUE and for an explanation of why they stooped to this kind of uncalled humor in the face of the world's biggest concern in human history, re climate change and global warming, AP people replied to me this way:

''Thank you for your email, Dan. The scientists here didn’t feel mocked. They told me I put it better than they could have.  But to each his own.''
 
''Do what you want.  I don’t care.
But this is the end of our correspondence. ''
 
''And this is the type of writing AP likes. It was AP writing, all AP . Leave our poor reporters alone. ''
 
''Please don’t call me brother. I’m not your friend. I don’t know you. I don’t care about climate fiction.
Thanks for emailing. Now I have real work to do.''
 
and last AP note was conciliatory saying:
 
 
Danny, I’m sorry. I am severely jet lagged with three hours sleep in the last two days and very busy. So as my wife constantly points out, I am not the nicest person when I’m tired. And I don’t have her here to keep me in check. So forgive me. Now back to work.''
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

IPCC list of 8 things to worry about re GLOBAL WARMING, as reported whimsically by the Associated Press

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — If you have already read "101 Pieces of Practical Advice About How To Read an AP news story about the most important issue facing humankind"," now you can move on to "8 Reasons to Worry about Global Warming."

A United Nations panel of scientists is joining the list craze with what they call eight "key risks" that are part of broader "reasons for concern" about climate change.

It's part of a massive report on how global warming is affecting humans and the planet and how the future will be worse unless something is done about it. The report is being finalized at a meeting this weekend by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

They assembled the list to "make it understandable and to illustrate the issues that have the greatest potential to cause real harm," the report's chief author, Chris Field of the Carnegie Institution of Science in California, said in an interview.

But a draft of the list — called by the acronym RFCs — includes science-heavy language, caveats and uses lowercase Roman numerals, for example using iv instead of 4.
A boiled-down version of what the scientists say the warmed-up future holds for Earth if climate change continues:

1. Coastal flooding will kill people and cause destruction.
2. Some people will go hungry because of warming, drought and severe downpours.
3. Big cites will be damaged by inland flooding.
4. Water shortages will make the poor even poorer in rural areas.
5. Crazy weather, like storms, can make life miserable, damaging some of the things we take for granted, like electricity, running water and emergency services.
6. Some fish and other marine animals could be in trouble, which will probably hurt fishing communities.
7. Some land animals won't do much better and that's not good for people who depend on them.
8. Heat waves, especially in cities, will kill the elderly and very young.

CLI FI NOVELS will explore the Arctic undersea ice (video)

Tom Friedman, NYT reporter, says his recent trip to Alaska and boarding a US submarine for an ice tour ''wasn’t tourism. ''

see amazing video here

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/opinion/sunday/friedman-parallel-parking-in-the-arctic-circle.html?hp&rref=opinion



HE WROTE: "Climate scientists predict that if warming trends continue, the Arctic’s ice cap will melt enough that — in this century — it will become a navigable ocean for commercial shipping year round, and for mineral and oil exploration. Russia has already made extensive claims to the Arctic, based on the reach of its continental shelf, beyond the usual 12 miles from its coastline; these are in dispute. To prepare for whatever unfolds here, though, the U.S. Navy keeps honing its Arctic submarine skills, including, on our trip, test-firing a virtual torpedo at a virtual enemy sub, studying how differences in water temperatures and the mix of freshwater from melted ice and saltwater affect undersea weapons and the sounds a sub makes (vital for knowing how to hide), as well as mapping the Arctic’s seabed topography.
“In our lifetime, what was [in effect] land and prohibitive to navigate or explore, is becoming an ocean, and we’d better understand it,” noted Admiral Greenert. “We need to be sure that our sensors, weapons and people are proficient in this part of the world,” so that we can “own the undersea domain and get anywhere there.” Because if the Arctic does open up for shipping, it offers a much shorter route from the Atlantic to the Pacific than through the Panama Canal, saving huge amounts of time and fuel."