Cli-Fi: Global Cautionary Tales


Climate-themed fiction has taken the reading world by storm this year.

The term, cli-fi has been in circulation for a few years, coined by activist and reporter Dan Bloom. This year, “cli-fi” has gone viral after notable media outlets such as NPR, Christian Science Monitor and The Guardian took a liking to it.

The stories have been described as “cautionary fables of climate change”, and a platform for considering, debating, and growing a dialogue on its consequences.  Whether the “clima-pocolypse” is the main conflict, or simply a back drop to the story, the united message authors of this speculative genre are sending is that climate change impacts, and will continue to impact everyone.

Looking for a hot cli-fi read?  You can find The Weather Composer by James Mahu in the Sumbola Bookstore- keep your eyes peeled for more!

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2 thoughts on “Cli-Fi: Global Cautionary Tales

  1. Bravo for a very good post and i will look up that book u mention as well. I coined the cli fi term as a PR gesture, and yes it has taken off this year. Now Mary Woodbury in Canada has set up a webzine to catalog and archive all cli fi novels past and present, and anyone can add their books by clicking on the submit button her her non-profit website at — any questions about cli fi defintions, email me at danbloom AT gmail — this is now my life’s work.

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