So Hot Right Now: Has Climate Change Created A New Literary Genre?

Environment oriented science fiction has been around since the 60's. The new genre, Climate fiction or cli-fi, places the eco-disasters not in a future but the present.

Odds is the latest in what seems to be an emerging literary genre. Over the past decade, more and more writers have begun to set their novels and short stories in worlds, not unlike our own, where the Earth's systems are noticeably off-kilter. The genre has come to be called climate fiction — "cli-fi," for short.

"I think we need a new type of novel to address a new type of reality," says Rich, "which is that we're headed toward something terrifying and large and transformative. And it's the novelist's job to try to understand, what is that doing to us?" [emphasis mine]

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