Drops in the Ocean: A Book Giveaway for Charity on World Water Day

We're in the midst of kitchen remodeling here at Chez JK, and a wee plumbing issue had us drinking bottled water for a few days (and to think my Laddie laughed at me when I bought an emergency reserve all those months ago). As I trekked down to the basement for a fresh gallon, grumbling, I … Continue reading Drops in the Ocean: A Book Giveaway for Charity on World Water Day

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Sci-Fi Strikes Back: How Genre Fiction Can Combat Scientific Censorship

No longer content to misshelve his favorite fictions in the non-fiction section of our national discourse, our new Librarian in Chief now wants to ban the entire 500 class of the Dewey decimal system: science. Last week the Trump administration issued a so-called “gag order”  banning federal science institutions—including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Agriculture, and Department of … Continue reading Sci-Fi Strikes Back: How Genre Fiction Can Combat Scientific Censorship

Gotta Catch ‘Em All: Pokemon Go Showed Me The World Through My Protagonist’s Eyes

“Watch out!” I caught my Laddie’s arm before he stepped off the curb, uncomfortably close to an SUV speeding down our street. The neighbor scowled at us from behind the wheel, but my Laddie was too absorbed in his phone to notice. “Stupid zubat got away,” he muttered. “You need a bodyguard to play Pokemon … Continue reading Gotta Catch ‘Em All: Pokemon Go Showed Me The World Through My Protagonist’s Eyes

The Future in 5,000 Words: Cli-Fi Writing Contest

The next outstanding voice in cli-fi could be yours!  Arizona State University--home of the The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative--is sponsoring a 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest. The rules in a nutshell: Stories up to 5,000 words envisioning a future impacted by climate change and reflecting current scientific knowledge Submission deadline: January 15, 2016 Judges will include sci-fi … Continue reading The Future in 5,000 Words: Cli-Fi Writing Contest

The Real-Life Engees: Alaskan Communities On The Edge

Blue Karma keeps coming true. Last week's an Alaskan company announced plans to ship water to California's drought zones; now this evening, I watched an NBC Nightly News feature about Alaskan communities poised to become America's first climate change refugees. Rising seas and shrinking coastlines mean flood and erosion, which may drive residents inland. Government estimates place the cost … Continue reading The Real-Life Engees: Alaskan Communities On The Edge