What Mark Piesing Missed: Cli-Fi Catching on with Agents, Editors and Publishers Worldwide in this Age of the Anthrocene?
DAN BLOOM: See the Cli-fi Report at cli-fi.net
QUESTION: Why is it so popular?
Because we humans are doomed, doomed, and cli-fi speaks to our predicament vis a via man made global warming. There is no escape and there are no fixes or solutions. So these kinds of novels and movies speak now and will be speaking to the next 30 generations of human families until about the year 2500 A.D. when the Climapocalypse will be in full swing. Cli-fi novels and movies will help future generations prepare to lie down and die with dignity when the End comes. And it is coming, make no mistake about it.
QUESTION: Why do writers want to write it. Why do readers want to read it?
For writers, cli-fi engages their emotions and their minds. They are concerned. They are no longer pussyfooting around with escapist entertainment. Why do readers want to read cli-fi or see if on the screen? Good question. It engages their emotions and minds as readers, that simple. They, too, are concerned about the future and don't want bullshit stories paid for by the powers that be that want everything to have fix or a solution. Man made globsl warming has not fix, no solution. We, as a humanity, 30 generations from now, around 2500 A.D., are doomed, doomed.
QUESTION: What’s going to happen next to cli-fi novels and movies? Will something more cheerful replace it?
No, there's nothing cheerful to replace cli-fi. Cli-fi will merely going on the same path, helping this generation and future generations to cope with the face that the human species is doomed around 500 years from now. So cli-fi can play an important role in helping people prepare for the End. Prepare mentally, psychologically and spiritually. This is serious business. This is not Hollywood entertainment anymore.
dan bloom to Porter Anderson and Mark
Porter Anderson replied online:
Just to clarify a point for you, Mark Piesing missed nothing of what I assigned him in this story.
Your interest in climate fiction is fine, and so are others’ interests in post-nuclear fiction, End of Days fiction, pandemic fiction, comet-collision fiction, and so on.
Our story’s intent was to take a more encompassing view of dystopian fiction in general and to solicit the viewpoints of several specialists on it. That’s exactly what Mark and our interviewees gave us.
All the best,
On Twitter: @Porter_Anderson
Dan Bloom replied back to Porter, [who being a wellpaid VIP in the posh VIP world has never taken the time in three years even once to answer Dan's emails or tweets. That's how Porter treats people, it seems. Sigh.]-- Thanks, Porter, for the clarification. You are still shilling for the powers that be (PTB), and BAU [business as usual,] because in fact, Porter, these are the guys who fund you and pay you for your speaking fees, and pleasing and sucking up to the PTB with BAU BS is how you pay your bills and earn a living, so you are never going to speak truth to power. You are in bed with the people who killing this Earth and humankind in the next 30 generations. But of course, everyone has to earn a living, and your heart is in the right place. But your mind is on the getting your next round of funding, this this BS article. [SIGH]
AND OF COURSE, CENSOR THAT HE IS, PORTER ANDERSON CENSORED MY SECOND COMMENT AND DELETED IT FROM HIS PAGE. SEE HOW THESE GUYS OPERATE? GATEKEEPERS AND DISHONEST ONES AT THAT! SHAME ON YOU, PORTER, For being a censor. IT proves my point.
About the Author
HE is a freelance journalist (and teacher) based in Oxford, UK, writing about technology, culture and the intersection between the two. I contribute to some of the biggest brands in the global media such as The Economist, Wired (UK), The Guardian, The Independent/ i and now BBC Future. I had my first piece in The FT Weekend last year.
The stories I pitch are usually exclusives, original ideas or creative takes on existing stories. I never use press releases.
I also write regularly for Warwick Business School’s Core magazine. I have two pieces waiting to come out in the next edition. WBS is one of the top business schools in the UK. I am finishing a popular technology book proposal under for an agent.
A couple of years ago I was headhunted by Porter Anderson to write about technology for the New York based – and Frankfurt Book Fair owned – Publishing Perspectives. I now have a regular gig covering a wider beat that takes in ed-tech, marketing and management as well. I cover both the London and Frankfurt Book Fair for Publishing Perspectives.
From time to time I give advice to business leaders on giving that tricky speech and appearing on panels, written copy for them, helped start-ups on how to tell their stories, and run workshops for small groups on topics like story telling or how-to-pitch.
Want to see a sample of what I have written?
Here are six to get you going
Virtual Reality: The Next Frontier was one of three stories about tech in The FT Weekend Magazine – one by the amazing Douglas Coupland, another by the FT’s US editor and then mine! It shared the front cover with the Douglas Coupland story.
Copping a ‘Copter: Dealing with rogue drones for The Economist which was one of five stories flagged up on the front cover (second time in a month), number three story on Editor’s choice email and main double page feature of the Science and Technology section
Amazon is a more modest beast was the first of four previews of the Publishing for Digital Minds conference/ the London Book Fair that I wrote this year for Publishing Perspectives and made quite a stir in the world of publishing on the eve of the LBF.
Oxford aims for “number one” tech hub title was an exclusive feature for and included my first and exclusive interview with a UK government cabinet minister.
Medical robotics: Would you trust a robot with a scalpel? covered 3 colour pages in The Observer Tech Monthly and was originally commissioned at 2,500 words and ended up being 3,700 words long – an editor from a rival publication called it a mammoth piece of work.
How technology could spell the end of animal drug testing? was a double page colour feature in The Observer’s Discovery section and was liked almost 9000 times on Facebook.
You can check out journalisted.com for a longer but still not complete list of what I have written – it excludes my work for the likes of The Times Educational Supplement (TES) and Mark Ellen’s The Word.
If you want to get in touch with a story idea, a writing project or a training engagement then please do so via Twitter, LinkedIn or the comment section of this site.