Saturday, May 28, 2016
CLI-FI: THE NEWEST LITERARY GENRE
Scientists know the earth is heating up. Global warming, rising sea temperatures and environmental devastation have long been non-fiction themes. Now those topics have entered the world of fiction. For really hot reading look to the latest literary genre, Cli-Fi books about climate change, at the Monrovia Public Library.
The great writer Margaret Atwood, whose prodigious output and creativity place her in the pantheon of contemporary authors has a Cli-Fi trilogy that includes Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MadAddam. The books are about the survivors of a man-made plague. This post-apocalyptic series is a cautionary tale about what can happen to the world.
Barbara Kingsolver takes on climate change in a more intimate setting in her novel Flight Behavior. A farmer in Appalachia discovers a valley on fire with millions of Monarch butterflies who have no biological reason to be there. Neighbors, ministers, politicians debate and deny this disorder in the universe while the farmer grasps her own place in the world.
Ty Tierwater’s motto is to be a friend of the earth you have to be an enemy of the people. Now in his eighth decade, the main character of Friend of the Earth is living in the world of 2025, when the natural world is destructing and he is looking back on his life as an environmental crusader. Author T. C. Boyle writes with empathy and humor.
Drought and water wars take front and center in The Water Knife, the story of a catastrophically dry Southwest and a man who will do anything to find and take water rights for his boss. This environmentally-themed novel by Paolo Bacigalupi blends science fiction with the fast pace of a thriller novel.