Science fiction purports to be about the future, but really it’s a reflection of the world we live in today. Nowhere is this more evident than in environmental scifi, which imagines what our world will look like in the not-too-distant-future if climate change proceeds unchecked, or if mass extinction reshapes life on…
Open Flame Theatre believes “the systems we live under are inherently self-destructive;” that for the sake of our survival, we must “reimagine the ways we inhabit ourselves and this planet.” The group performs surrealist, outdoor operas aimed at connecting audiences with humanity’s impact on nature.
A world ravaged by climate change is hard to imagine—but that world could be in our future, unless we do a better job of imagining it now. So we’re lucky that some of our most talented authors have tackled the challenge of depicting an environmental apocalypse.
We still think of the California drought as a problem that’ll eventually go away. But if perennial dryness is in our future, life in the West will be radically transformed. A new novel gives us a vivid and disturbing portrait of what our parched future might look like.
Arizona State University, the folks who brought you the Hieroglyph anthology of optimistic science fiction, is now hosting a writing contest for stories about the Earth after climate change. And Kim Stanley Robinson is judging the contest!