Nope, not that. That already has a name. It’s called women’s erotica.
It wasn’t until I’d got to the end of writing and illustrating Midnight Feast that this article appeared in The Guardian: Global Warming And The Rise Of Cli-Fi. I realised that what I’d written was a picturebook contribution to cli-fi.
- a sub-genre of sci-fi in which the earth’s systems are ‘off-kilter’
- sci-fi takes place in a dystopian future, whereas cli-fi is set in a dystopian present
- Describes works which set out to warn readers of possible environmental nightmares to come
- The best cli-fi novels allow us to be briefly but intensely frightened: climate chaos is closer, more immediate, hovering over our shoulder like that murderer wielding his knife.
- Unlike sci-fi, cli-fi writing comes primarily from a place of warning rather than discovery.
See Also: So Hot Right Now: Has climate change created a new literary genre, from NPR
What do you think would happen in a globally warmed globe? Do you envision a Cormac McCarthy sort of apocalypse with bands of humans turning evil? In fiction, this is pretty much a given. Could there be a brighter view?
Some people think there is still not enough cli-fi.