Cost/Benefit by Alex DiFrancesco

Don’t forget to enter our book giveaway! In 2019, I started flying. It had been over ten years since I went on my first and last, until recently, flight, a trans-Atlantic one that had lasted 12 hungover, painful hours. I’d vowed never to fly again, and, until my work as a writer began to gainContinue reading “Cost/Benefit by Alex DiFrancesco”

Giveaway competition

This is our thirtieth newsletter issue since the Climate Fiction Writers League launched last winter! To celebrate we’re giving away four bundles of Climate titles. Bundle 1 includes 4 Middle Grade titles: FloodWorld by Tom Huddleston (signed!) – a Middle Grade adventure novel set in a flooded future. Read our interview with Tom here. EffieContinue reading “Giveaway competition”

The future is already here

Today, two authors discuss their writing: Rab Ferguson, author of the Young Adult dystopian fantasy novel Landfill Mountains, and Rich Larson, whose story Tidings won third place in Grist’s climate fiction competition Imagine 2200. Read or listen to a 25-min audio recording of the story online here. You can read Sim Kern’s previous interview withContinue reading “The future is already here”

On Writing Other Animals by Mimi Thebo

The life of man, as David Hume pointed out, is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster. So it seems grossly unfair how many acres of print have been given over to the examination of the human experience and how little to the oyster experience – or indeed to theContinue reading “On Writing Other Animals by Mimi Thebo”

Optimistic Dystopias – a naïve contradiction? by Cynthia Zhang and Saul Tanpepper

Today, two authors discuss their writing: Cynthia Zhang, author of the adult contemporary fantasy novel After the Dragons, and Saul Tanpepper, whose story The Cloud Weaver’s Song won second place in Grist’s climate fiction competition Imagine 2200. Read or listen to a 30-min audio recording of the story online here. You can read Sim Kern’sContinue reading “Optimistic Dystopias – a naïve contradiction? by Cynthia Zhang and Saul Tanpepper”

Join the climate scavenger hunt by Lauren James

My new book, Green Rising, is a climate thriller inspired by movements like Extinction Rebellion. I wanted to write about teenage activists who have the power to make real, decisive change in the climate crisis. It’s something which makes us all feel incredibly helpless, and climate fiction is often a depressing, dystopian look at ourContinue reading “Join the climate scavenger hunt by Lauren James”

A coming-of-age David and Goliath story

Jamie Mollart interviews Mark Smith about his new activism YA novel, If Not Us. If Not Us is a wonderful novel which perfectly tackles the issue of Climate Change within the context of a YA novel. It’s a coming-of-age story combined with a David and Goliath story. Hesse is a 17-year-old surfer in a smallContinue reading “A coming-of-age David and Goliath story”

Decentring the Human in Climate Fiction by Piers Torday

In the month of COP26, there is no doubt that we are at a pivotal moment for humanity. The decisions made, good or bad, will have profound and long-reaching implications for everyone on this planet. But I guess a human would say that, wouldn’t they? Because it’s not just the future of humanity at stake, ofContinue reading “Decentring the Human in Climate Fiction by Piers Torday”

Eco-adventures with a message

Authors Claire Datnow and Bruce Smith discuss their eco-fiction books for younger readers, Red Flag Warning and Legend Keepers. Claire: Bruce, as a science writer and wildlife biologist, what motivated you to switch from nonfiction to environmental fiction for middle grades? Bruce: It wasn’t planned. Instead, the idea leapt from the pages of my nonfictionContinue reading “Eco-adventures with a message”

Artificial Intelligence and the Climate Crisis by Michael Muntisov

Most of us have been to one of those meetings where the speaker asks us to answer a question using our smartphones and the answers appear dynamically in a wordcloud on the screen. My favourite wordcloud answer is this one: You might wonder how a room full of AI computers would answer this question? WhichContinue reading “Artificial Intelligence and the Climate Crisis by Michael Muntisov”