Environmental Hazards: Five Challenges of Writing Climate Fiction (Part 6)

This post is part six of a seven-part series discussing my experience writing climate fiction in my novel, Blue Karma. Challenge #5: Step Away from the Soapbox As both a writer and a bibliophile, I think the greatest power of fiction is its ability to provoke thought. Here the cli-fi genre has a clear mission. Less than … Continue reading Environmental Hazards: Five Challenges of Writing Climate Fiction (Part 6)

Environmental Hazards: Five Challenges of Writing Climate Fiction (Part 4)

This post is part four of a seven-part series discussing my experience writing climate fiction in my novel, Blue Karma. Challenge #3: Choose-Your-Own-Apocalypse Our present environmental situation offers a smorgasbord of cataclysms for writers to employ: air pollution; mass extinctions; ultraviolet rays roasting us through holes in the ozone layer; a rise in mosquito-borne disease as regions grow … Continue reading Environmental Hazards: Five Challenges of Writing Climate Fiction (Part 4)

Environmental Hazards: Five Challenges of Writing Climate Fiction (Part 3)

This post is part three of a seven-part series discussing my experience writing climate fiction in my novel, Blue Karma. Challenge #2: Scope and Scale Cli-fi works because we can identify with it. It's our own world, reflected in a warped mirror of environmental armageddon. If I'd set Blue Karma on a distant planet, it wouldn't have … Continue reading Environmental Hazards: Five Challenges of Writing Climate Fiction (Part 3)

Environmental Hazards: Five Challenges of Writing Climate Fiction (Part 2)

This post is part two of a seven-part series discussing my experience writing climate fiction in my novel, Blue Karma. Challenge #1: Packaging Prophecy Sometimes I think “science fiction writer” is a euphemism for “hack prophet”. We see the future in our mind's eye and set down the vision before it comes to pass. But a setting … Continue reading Environmental Hazards: Five Challenges of Writing Climate Fiction (Part 2)

Environmental Hazards: Five Challenges of Writing Climate Fiction (Part 1)

Climate fiction, like the global average temperature, is on the rise. If you haven't heard of this genre, you're probably not the first. Themes of climate change and ecological disaster have appeared in contemporary fiction since the mid-20th century, but the concept of these as an independent genre is relatively new. The term climate fiction … Continue reading Environmental Hazards: Five Challenges of Writing Climate Fiction (Part 1)