''I started out thinking that ''Cli-Fi'' was a pointless, faddish, marketing neologism, [as some of its critics have maintained], but in fact, there's actually a lot of meaningfully similar novels that fall into it. "
CALL AND RESPONSE: ''People are always going to sub-categorize. Is it hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, space opera? Cli-fi is just another term in that progression, albeit with a cutesy name.'' ..................... ''I have seen some arguments that cli-fi is different than sci-fi. I don't have any problem with the term as long as it doesn't get overused or become too trendy - a la grimdark fantasy.''.................. ''In all honesty, it probably came to being because Margaret Atwood didn't want the MaddAddam trilogy to be called sci-fi.''
CALL AND RESPONSE 2: ''Cli-fi is entirely the creation of several people: Scott Thill the former WIRED reporter who used the term in two movie reviews in WIRED in 2009 and 2010; an IT guy in Seattle named Ivan Schneider who set up a Twitter handle @clifi in 2009 and then never used it at all, before donating it to a climate activist in 2015; David Carter who blogs under the pen name of PacoEnterprises.Blogspot.com and coined the cli fi term in 2009 on his blog as a mocking term to poke fun ot the "climate fiction" of such fictional documentaries of Al Gore and essays by James Hansen, which Paco dubbed as being cli fi and he meant it in a righwing climate-denialist mocking way; and a PR guy and climate activist who graduated with a degree in literature from Tufts in 1971. That Tufts guy isn't a science fiction fan. He's a deep green, almost doomsdayian climate activist."