Science Fiction of Climate Change

Do you remember about my short story that Jupiter kindly published called Ripple Effect in is October 2012 issue 38, Pasithee? You don’t? Well it was quite a while ago… but you can buy the Jupiter issue here if you don’t believe what I’m about to write…

It was all about a government committee meeting trying to decide if more government money should be spent on computers to predict the effects of climate change. The actual climate change aspect they were discussing is more difficult to predict than the recent news item which is about the shortage of funds for climate change analysis.

Needless to say I’m cheesed off that my science fiction prediction had quite a bit of truth in it and has obviously not been acted on. And that is despite contacting the Department of Energy and Climate Change through the services of my MP.

Interestingly despite there  being flurry of activity to get anthologies out in the UK (probably with a view to getting them published in time for Loncon3), none of them as far as I am aware deal with climate change.

Is it because the science fiction community think there is very little to be added to what they have already said?

Given we are learning more and more the effects of climate change the answer should be no.

It is a pity in these economically constrained times that the government can’t encourage science fiction writers to examine the what ifs a bit more. Maybe they would not only understand more about the potential consequences, but also maybe find a few helpful suggestions about how to deal with this, what could eventually be the nemesis of the human race.


3 thoughts on “Science Fiction of Climate Change

  1. Is it because the science fiction community think there is very little to be added to what they have already said?

    It is perhaps a political hot potato that some publishers may not want to touch. When I self-published my novelette The Weight of Reason it is set in a post climate change world and the crime story draws parallels with anti-science movements of today. Some of the reviewers I approached said they wouldn’t touch it because of its theme. Even some of the reviewers who did read it and said they enjoyed it, felt that it was “too liberal” in its POV.

    Perhaps that is it? Or do you have different experiences?

    1. Hello mgm75,

      Must it admit this never occurred to me as a possibility, which of course means that it didn’t happen to the story.

      The story was so idiomatically British that I found it difficult to get a market match to it. It would have been very difficult to sell in the USA or Australia for instance.

      There used to be fair number of dystopias post climate change novels published, certainly in the 60s and 70s and even through into 90s. I wonder if this lack of enthusiasm to publish is a very recent phenomenon?

  2. can we call this novel part of the growing genre of cli fi, a subgenre of sci fi but focused only on climate? or does sci fi label fit it better. just curious your POV and have you heard of the cli fi genre yet? see cli fi books webzine at and NYT news story last week about cli fi at Uni of Oregon classroom ps – i coined the term cli fi from sci fi of course, which i also love.

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