Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Disasters in the First World -- a cli-fi book by Olivia Clare

  1. My book of stories is featured in Book Riot's article on Cli-Fi (Climate Fiction). Thank you for including me here !
  2. Check out Craig Dionne and Lowell Duckert's collection on "Shakespeare in the Anthropocene" (topics ranging from Shakes to Cli-Fi, and beyond), now live and open-access:
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Disasters in the First World -- a cli-fi book by Olivia Clare

Monday, May 28, 2018

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[ LETTER ] - Taipei Times

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Appeal to SCifi Tor Books to stop kowtowing to Red China Orwellian nonsense
As readers who follow the news know, last month China sent a threatening letter to a large number of international airlines demanding that they change the country code for Taiwan (TW) on their schedules to China (CN), as dictated by Beijing’s “one China” principle.
However, standing up for Taiwan’s international space and presence, on May 5 US President Donald Trump’s administration issued a statement condemning China’s science fictional “demand” as “Orwellian nonsense” through which China was trying to impose its own political claims on private companies around the world.
It’s like the British novels Nighteen Eighty-four and Animal Farm have come to life in 2018.
Believe it or not, a major sci-fi publishing company in New York, the most prestigious science fiction publisher in the world, Tor Books, whose editors know all about the Nighteen Eighty-four and Animal Farm, also kowtows to Beijing’s “one China” nonsense by asking Taiwanese sci-fi fans who want to sign up at the Tor Web site ( to list their country on the site’s drop-down menu as either “China” or “Taiwan, province of China.”
Yes, the world-famous sci-fi Web site run by Tor Books does not allow Taiwanese sci-fi fans to list their country as “Taiwan.”
Yet as readers know, Taiwan is a free and independent democracy, which abides by international law and has never been a part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Chinese claim that Taiwan is part of the PRC is a silly nationalistic sci-fi illusion, with no basis in international law.
By forcing Taiwanese sci-fi fans to register on the Web site as being from either “China” or “Taiwan, province of China,” Tor’s editors and Web site managers are showing a terrible and naive bias to Taiwanese fans.
Tor’s editors are probably not even aware of this oversight on their registration form, thus this letter, and hopefully a change in the Web site’s current Orwellian nonsense.
I hope that Tor Books, once its editors read this letter, will do the right thing and stand up for Taiwan on its online registration form and show science fiction fans around the world that US sci-fi Web sites do not kowtow to China.
Signed, George Orwell

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

It's called cli-fi and it might be another way to help save the planet, says Amy Brady at -- [Four cli-fi novels worth exploring]


It’s called cli-fi and it might be another way to help save the planet. 
Amy Brady writes: Scientists have been trying to warn us about climate change’s most devastating effects for decades. Now fiction writers are helping their cause, crafting stories that help readers imagine glacier melt, sea level rise and other climate-related scenarios.
It's called cli-fi and it might be another way to help save the planet, says Amy Brady at -- [Four cli-fi novels worth exploring]
Often called climate fiction, or cli-fi, the genre “helps writers overcome some of the most profound communication challenges” that the phenomenon presents, says Elizabeth Rush, visiting lecturer at Brown University. Why? Because climate change is “slow-moving and intensely place-based,” it can be difficult to notice in our day-to-day lives, she explains — and with climate fiction, “you can do just that. You can imagine being a person whom flood ordrought displaces, and with that imaginative stance can come radical empathy.”
Check out these thought-provoking cli-fi reads from around the world about:  1, a futuristic Finland where water is scarce, 2, a German scientist distraught over disappearing glaciers, 3. a UK teenager living in a carbon-rationed England and 4. a climate-conscious biologist exploring a string of islands off the coast of India.


Set in the near future in Scandinavia, this novel, Itäranta’s first, is speculative fiction at its best. Climate change has ravaged the planet, and in its wake, China has come to rule Europe, and wars are waged over precious resources like water. Amid all this, 17-year-old Noria Kaitio strives to be a “tea master” like her father and, in doing so, has learned of a secret water source. When her father dies, the national army begins watching her closely, and she must decide whether to keep her secret and risk her safety or tell it and risk betraying those closest to her. The novel is even more remarkable because Itäranta wrote two versions, one in Finnish and one in English, simultaneously.


This literary work of cli-fi  from Bulgarian-German writer Trojanow was written in a modernist style that captures the fragmented thoughts of the protagonist, Zeno Hintermeier, in streams of consciousness. The original title in German was ''EISTAU'', ('Melting Ice'). Greatly disturbed by the world’s rapidly declining glaciers, Hintermeier, a German scientist, embarks on a plan to convince the world to pay more attention to how humanity is destroying the planet. This plan comes at a time of personal trouble for Zeno: Just as his marriage is falling apart, he’s questioning how to keep his work relevant in a world that seems completely oblivious to global warming. The comic-tragic book is often despairing, but even its saddest parts are rendered in lovely, lyrical prose.


Written in 2012, this young adult novel imagines an England in 2015 so deeply damaged by climate change that carbon rationing has begun. It stars 16-year-old Laura, who spends her days going to school and playing in a punk band. But her anxiety is growing over her parents’ pending divorce and an approaching hurricane that scientists predict will be the strongest ever to hit England. The novel is structured as the diary she keeps to make sense of her world as it grows more chaotic. Such a structure might turn some adults off, but Lloyd’s keen attention paid to real human emotion — in teenagers and adults — makes the book relatable for almost anyone.


Written by the American (Brooklyn-based) author of The Great Derangement, a work of nonfiction that addressed the world’s need for more cli-fi novels, this ambitious  cli-fi novel combines lyricism with fast-paced action. Set on an archipelago of tiny islands located just off the coast of India, the novel follows Piya Roy, an American marine biologist of Indian descent, who’s thrown from a boat into water teeming with crocodiles. She’s saved by a local fisherman, with whom she learns to engage with the help of a translator. As the trio ventures deeper into the islands’ wilderness, they learn not only of the dangers of the encroaching tide — but also of the political turmoil that wreaks havoc on the islands’ people and land.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

LEE MÁS Nace el primer festival de ciencia ficción feminista de España: Ansible Fest Beatriz García 24 MAY 2018 - 23:12 CET Amadrinado por Úrsula K. Le Guin, en espíritu y potencia literaria y feminista, el AnsibleFest se celebrará en Bilbao los próximos 21 y 22 de septiembre con charlas, paneles sobre ciencia ficción y feminismo, proyecciones, talleres, una feria editorial, e incluso ludoteca para los más pequeños. Imagina un dispositivo de comunicación entre planetas lejanos capaz de superar cualquier barrera espacio-temporal. No, mejor no lo hagas; Úrsula K. Le Guin, una de las madres de la ciencia ficción, ya se nos adelantó –como en casi todo-, describiendo la invención del ‘ansible’ en su novela ‘Los desposeídos’ (1974). Un artilugio tan potente que unos años después un grupo de autoras de ciencia ficción recibió el mensaje y creó en 1977 la Wiscon, la primera convención feminista de ciencia ficción y fantasía que se celebra cada mayo en Madison (Wisconsin). Y la onda expansiva traspasó nuevas fronteras, más veloz que la luz; las ideas saltaron de un libro a otro, de una cabeza a la siguiente, hasta llegar a Bilbao, la nueva Madison del fantástico feminista, donde en septiembre tendrá lugar la primera edición del AnsibleFest. Y como no podía ser de otra forma, todo empezó con un ‘What if…?’ “La idea surgió de cañas entre Arrate Hidalgo y Laura Gaelx, charlando sobre libros y proyectos. En estas situaciones somos de ponernos a decir cosas como: “¿Y lo que molaría montar…?” y lo del festival de repente no lo vimos tan imposible. Estaban las ganas, algo de experiencia y, sobre todo, la sensación de que a la gente ya le estaba haciendo falta un espacio feminista para hablar del poder transformador de la ficción especulativa sin tener que pasar por el aro de la mesa “de mujeres” de las convenciones al uso. Lo bonito de empezar a pensar AnsibleFest fue que ya partíamos de ideas más complejas que las bases que aún hay que pelear en el mainstream (“las mujeres escriben ciencia ficción”, por ejemplo). Nos ha venido bien que Arrate tenga la suerte de llevar cinco años yendo a WisCon, porque en cierto modo podemos aprender de sus aciertos y errores y traer la energía de una institución feminista tan legendaria en el mundillo”, explican las organizadoras del festival, entre las que se cuentan traductoras, editoras, escritoras y, sobre todo, amantes de la ciencia ficción. “Las autoras de ciencia ficción tienen todavía hoy una visibilidad casi nula. Solo hay que ver lo que pasa cuando alguien dice: ‘No hay mujeres escribiendo ciencia ficción’ y alguien contesta: ‘Pues sí: Ursula Le Guin’. Está muy bien, pero hay cientos más”. Una de las grandezas de la literatura de género es este poderoso ‘Y si…’, que da la posibilidad a autores y lectores de explorar futuros alternativos o las posibles consecuencias de las decisiones que tomamos como sociedad y las opresiones que padecemos, algo que ya afirmaba la escritora Úrsula K. Le Guin en relación a la situación de las mujeres. Para las cuatro fundadoras de AnsibleFest, la ciencia ficción es política porque trata de nuestro lugar en el mundo, pero, al final, lo que nos mantiene en vilo es la historia que se narra. “Lo bueno de la literatura fantástica es que puede eliminar o moldear los ejes de opresión del mundo real, creando universos imaginarios tan atractivos que su elemento político te llega de forma mucho más directa: ‘¿Y si no hubiera género asignado al nacer? ¿Y si existiese una utopía matriarcal en simbiosis con el océano a punto de ser invadida…?’No es solo una plataforma de análisis, sino que expande nuestra forma de sentir y de pensar gracias a ese famoso ‘sentido de la maravilla’. Y apuntan que, a pesar de los numerosos referentes de escritoras desde los inicios del género – ‘Frankenstein’ de Mary Shelley, sin ir más lejos, es considerada la primera novela de ciencia ficción de la historia-, aún hoy su visibilidad es casi nula. Octavia Butler: Esclavitud, cicatrices y viajes en el tiempo UNA DE LAS GRANDES FICCIONES FEMINISTAS RECOMENDADAS POR ANISIBLEFEST. “Solo hay que ver lo que pasa cuando alguien dice ‘No hay mujeres escribiendo ciencia ficción’ y alguien contesta, con toda su buena intención, ‘Pues sí: Ursula Le Guin’. Que está muy bien, y hay que leerla y reeditarla más, ¿pero dónde están James Tiptree, Jr. (seudónimo de Alice Sheldon), Eleanor Arnason, Nalo Hopkinson, Octavia Butler, Pat Murphy, C.J. Cherryh o cientos más? (Y eso quedándonos en Norteamérica y en los 90). En este caso habría que hablar quizás de una triple invisibilidad en el ámbito estatal por ser mujeres, escribir género y no estar traducidas. Perdemos una genealogía que nos llega en fragmentos. El bombazo de Ann Leckie bebe mucho de las sagas de space opera de C.J. Cherryh, por ejemplo. ¿No querríamos poder leerla a ella también?”, resumen. ¿Una segunda época dorada de la CF feminista? En España existen iniciativas para ampliar el alcance de autoras hispanohablantes y extranjeras, como La Nave Invisible, el grupo de Goodreads ‘Leo Autoras Fantásticas’ creado por la escritora Felicidad Martínez, la antología ‘Alucinadas’ que edita Palabaristas y este año publicará su cuarto volumen, y también numerosas escritoras comprometidas con el feminismo como Lola Robles, Cristina Jurado, Layla Martínez o Elia Barceló, que en su obra ‘Consecuencias naturales’ (1994) denunciaba la infantilización de las mujeres. Y aunque ser mujer y escribir ciencia ficción no equivalga necesariamente a hacerlo desde una perspectiva feminista que rompa con los clichés del género (y sociales), AnsibleFest admite que hay cada vez más conciencia de la importancia de la inclusión y un mayor protagonismo de personajes femeninos, tanto en la literatura como en el cine, a pesar de que les preocupe “la fagocitación capitalista del feminismo”. “Las historias están cambiando, ampliándose y haciéndose más complejas, abordándose desde identidades que cuestionan los feminismos de segunda ola (es muy interesante leer, por ejemplo, las críticas que se le hace al clásico de Russ, ‘The Female Man’, desde una perspectiva transfeminista)”, dicen. Y también las obras de destacados representantes de las nuevas corrientes de ciencia ficción decolonial y queer, como Rebecca Roanhorse, J.Y. Yang o Sheree Renée Thomas, son buena prueba de ello. “¿Y si en AnsibleFest…?”, les pregunto, retándolas a que imaginen un final utópico propio de un festival de ciencia ficción feminista? A lo que ellas contestan: “Y si no escuchamos un solo ‘no todos los hombres’ en todo lo que dure el festival. FIN”. Habrá que asistir para comprobar si esta historia más que utópica es oracular. Ojalá que lo sea. La biblioteca a de AnsibleFest Hemos pedido a las organizadoras que nos recomienden algunas obras de ciencia ficción feminista para ir abriendo boca de lo que se avecina los próximos 21 y 22 de septiembre en Bilbao. Toma buena nota: En cómic nos gusta mucho ‘Bitch Planet’ de Kelly Sue deConnick y Valentine De Landro, y la serie de grapas ‘Paper Girls’, de Brian K. Vaughan y Cliff Chiang. En cuanto a novelas, tres publicaciones recientes de corte marcadamente feminista que recomendamos son ‘Parentesco’ de Octavia Butler, ‘Nueva madre’ de Eugene Fischer y ‘Nueva Amazonia’, de Elizabeth Burgoyne Corbett. Feliz lectura…

Nace el primer festival de ''ciencia ficción feminista'' de España: Ansible Fest


Thus arose the climate fiction novel or 'cli-fi', a genre focused on climate change and its future effects that has become popular in recent years and ...

Así surgió la novela de clima ficción o 'cli-fi', un género centrado en el cambio climático y sus efectos futuros que se ha popularizado en los últimos años y ...

Sponsored by Ursula K. Le Guin, in spirit and power literary and feminist, the AnsibleFest will be held in Bilbao the next 21 - 22 September 2018 with lectures, panels on science fiction and feminism, film screenings, workshops, a publishing fair, and even toy library for children.

Imagine a device of communication between distant planets capable of overcoming any space-time barrier. No, better not do; Ursula K. Le Guin, one of the mothers of the science fiction, as us - as in almost all-, describing the invention of the 'ansible' in his novel 'have-nots' (1974). A gadget so powerful that a few years later a group of science fiction authors received the message, and I think in 1977 the Wiscon, the first feminist science fiction and fantasy, which is held every May in Madison (Wisconsin). And the expansive wave transfer new frontiers, faster than the light; the ideas jumped from one workbook to another, from one head to the next, until you get to Bilbao, the new Madison the fantastic feminist, where in September will take place the first edition of the AnsibleFest. And how could it be otherwise, it all started with a 'What if…?'

"The idea arose of reeds between Arrate Hidalgo and Laura Gaelx, chatting about books and projects. In these situations we are to say things like: "And what molaria fit…?" and the festival all of a sudden we saw it as impossible. Were the desire, some experience and, above all, the feeling that the people he was doing lack a feminist space to talk about the transformative power of speculative fiction without having to go through the rim of the table "women" of the conventions to the use. The nice thing to start thinking about AnsibleFest was that we started of ideas that are more complex than those bases that still have to fight in the mainstream ("women write science fiction", for example). We have been well that Arrate has the good fortune to take five years going to WisCon, because in a way we can learn from their successes and failures and bring the energy of an institution's legendary feminist in the world", explained the organizers of the festival, including translators, editors, writers and, above all, lovers of science fiction.

"The authors of science fiction have still a visibility almost zero. You just have to see what happens when someone says: 'There are no women writing science fiction' and someone says: 'Well if: Ursula Le Guin'. This very well, but there are hundreds more."
One of the mighty works of literature is this powerful 'what if…', which gives the possibility to authors and readers to explore alternative futures or the possible consequences of the decisions we make as a society and the oppressions we suffer, something that has already claimed the writer Ursula K. Le Guin in relationship to the situation of women.

For the four founders of AnsibleFest, science fiction is political because it is our place in the world, but, in the end, what keeps us in suspense is the story that is told. "The good thing of fantastic literature is that you can delete or shape the axes of oppression in the real world, creating imaginary universes so attractive that its political element comes to you in a much more direct: "And if there were no gender assigned at birth? What if there was a matriarchal utopia in symbiosis with the ocean to the point of being invaded…?'is not only a platform for analysis, but expands our way of feeling and thinking thanks to the famous 'sense of wonder'. And point out that, in spite of the many references of writers from the beginnings of the genre - 'Frankenstein' of Mary Shelley, without going any further, is considered the first science fiction novel of the story, even today its visibility is almost zero.

Octavia Butler: Slavery, scars and time travel
"You just have to see what happens when someone says 'No women writing science fiction' and someone answers, with all its good intention, 'Well if: Ursula Le Guin'. That is all very well, and you have to read it and reeditarla more, but where are James Tiptree, Jr. (pseudonym of Alice Sheldon), Eleanor Arnason, Nalo Hopkinson, Octavia Butler, Pat Murphy, C.J. Cherryh or hundreds more? 

In this case we speak of perhaps a triple invisibility at the state level for being women, writing style and not be translated. We lose a genealogy that comes to us in fragments. The bombing of Ann Leckie baby much of the sagas of space opera of C.J. Cherryh, for example. Wouldn't we want to be able to read it to her, too?" summary.

A second golden era of CF feminist?
In Spain, there are initiatives to expand the scope of foreign and Spanish-speaking authors, such as the Ship Invisible, the group of Goodreads 'Leo Authors Fantastic' created by the writer Happiness Martínez, the anthology 'Palabaristas Alucinadas' that edit and this year will publish its fourth volume, and also many writers committed to feminism as Lola Robles, Cristina Jury, Layla Martinez or Elia Barceló, who in his work 'natural consequences' (1994) denounced the infantilization of women.

And although being a woman and write science fiction does not necessarily equal to do so from a feminist perspective that breaks with the clichés of the genre (and social), AnsibleFest admits that there is a growing awareness of the importance of the inclusion and a greater role of female characters, both in the literature and in the cinema, in spite of concern to them "the fagocitacion capitalist feminism". "The stories are changing, expanding and becoming more complex, addressing from identities that challenge the second wave feminism (it is very interesting to read, for example, the criticism that makes the classic Russ, 'The Female Man', from a transfeminista)", they say. And also the works of prominent representatives of the new flows of decolonial and queer science fiction, like Rebecca Roanhorse, J.Y. Yang or Sheree Renee Thomas, are proof of this.

"And if in AnsibleFest…?", he asked, retandolas imagine a utopian end of a feminist science fiction festival? To what they answered: "And if we do not hear a single 'all men' throughout the duration of the festival. Order".

It will be necessary to attend to check if this story more than utopian is oracular. I wish it to be.

The library of AnsibleFest
We have asked the organizers recommend us some feminist science fiction works to whet your appetite for what is coming over the next 21 and 22 September in Bilbao. Takes good note:

In comic we like 'Bitch Planet' Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine of Landro, and the number of clips 'Paper', Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang. In the novels, three recent publications of feminist sharply cut that we recommend are 'kinship' of Octavia Butler, 'New mother' of Eugene Fischer and 'New Amazon', Elizabeth Burgoyne Corbett.

Happy reading...

Thus arose the climate fiction novel or 'cli-fi', a genre focused on climate change and its future effects that has become popular in recent years and ...

Así surgió la novela de clima ficción o 'cli-fi', un género centrado en el cambio climático y sus efectos futuros que se ha popularizado en los últimos años y ...