Q. Do you think that some cli fi writers and theorists try to distance themselves from the Science Fiction genre, even as, say, Margaret Atwood famously did when she said her works are speculative fiction and not sci-fi?
A. Is Cli Fi being used as a form of ''subterfuge'' to prevent literary people from unwittingly catching Sci Fi ''cooties''? Only the paranoid typse in the sci fi community would think so. it’s more complicated than that. Both utopian and dystopian literature are regarded in some quarters as being altogether separate genres from SF and there is an argument for Cli Fi to be considered as a genre of its own. So no, there's no distancing going on. Only in paranoid minds and there are many, sad to say.