Plant magic & the climate

Laura Lam, author of sci-fi Goldilocks, talks to Lauren James about her new climate thriller Green Rising, out now with Walker Books. I zipped through Lauren James’ Green Rising when I was offered it for a blurb. It’s a perfect call to arms for teens (and adults) for climate change, while also being a rollickingContinue reading “Plant magic & the climate”

Apocalypse, not – why I wrote a romantic comedy about climate change by Lisa Walker

What is the krill issue, Rory?’ ‘The krill issue is…’ Rory ponders, ‘very serious. Very, very serious.’ Melt by Lisa Walker I’m the kind of writer who likes a challenge. Tell me that climate change is the most boring subject ever, as many have done, and I can’t whip out my laptop and start aContinue reading “Apocalypse, not – why I wrote a romantic comedy about climate change by Lisa Walker”

Meet the Imagine 2200 Climate Fiction Competition Winner

More than 1,100 people from 85 countries submitted stories to Grist that elevate diverse voices and bring new perspectives to the increasingly vital genre of climate fiction. Whether built on abundance or adaptation, reform or a new understanding of survival, each story provides flickers of hope, even joy. Read all the stories in Imagine 2200Continue reading “Meet the Imagine 2200 Climate Fiction Competition Winner”

Ten Eco-Fiction Novels Worth Discussing by Nina Munteanu

In most fiction, environment plays a passive role that lies embedded in stability and an unchanging status quo. From Adam Smith’s 18th Century economic vision to the conceit of bankers who drove the 2008 American housing bubble, humanity has consistently espoused the myth of a constant natural world capable of absorbing infinite abuse without oscillation.Continue reading “Ten Eco-Fiction Novels Worth Discussing by Nina Munteanu”

Positivity in the apocalypse: can a climate fiction novel be uplifting? by Lauren James

As a former physicist, my writing is always science focussed. I’ve written a book about space travel inspired by special relativity (The Loneliest Girl in the Universe), a post-apocalyptic novel based on extinction and evolution (The Quiet at the End of the World), and multiple other stories with scientists at their heart. From the beginningContinue reading “Positivity in the apocalypse: can a climate fiction novel be uplifting? by Lauren James”

Real-world Issues in a Fantasy Setting

Rab Ferguson talks to Stephanie Burgis about her new book The Raven Heir, which is out now. I’ve just finished The Raven Heir, and I loved it. There’s so much I want to talk to you about in this wonderful middle grade novel! But before we get into it, how would you describe the bookContinue reading “Real-world Issues in a Fantasy Setting”

A stone-age climate novel

Nabeel Ismeer talks to Claire Datnow about his new upper Young Adult novel, The Hunter’s Walk, which is published by Penguin Random House on 31st August. Generations of prolonged drought and hunger have allowed the harsher voices of the Zarda tribe to set edicts of discrimination against their fair skin members. Ghar, a dark skinContinue reading “A stone-age climate novel”

Geoengineering – what is it, and why should we be worried? by David Barker

I remember reading, twenty-five years ago, Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy about the colonization of the red planet. The idea that we humans could, over many decades, terraform an inhospitable, deadly atmosphere into something living seemed very cool. Back then I had no idea that our own planet’s atmosphere might become hostile in my lifetime.Continue reading “Geoengineering – what is it, and why should we be worried? by David Barker”

Creating picture books

Author Bren Macdibble interviews Emma Reynolds about her new picture book. Hi Emma! Can I just say Amara and the Bats is a bit of a debut masterpiece. It’s a picture book that’s a visual feast, and it’s also a heartwarming story packed with information that’ll have kids examining it more closely and reading itContinue reading “Creating picture books”

Good guys and bad guys: a writer’s perspective by Chris Beckett

The original prototype for my novel America City was a short story I wrote in 2012 about an American politician called Stephen Slaymaker.  I wanted to write about global warming, and the context of the story was an America in about a hundred years’ time, that was already almost completely closed off to climate refugeesContinue reading “Good guys and bad guys: a writer’s perspective by Chris Beckett”