The Frankfurt book fair this week kicked off its most politically-charged edition in years, shining a spotlight on everything from ''cli-fi'' to feminism and free speech.
When asked what impact these stories can have on readers' attitudes and understanding of global warming and its consequences, the 70-year-old literary activist said:
Bloom's 3-D hologram replied to a reporter's questions in English, German and French, translated here for global blog readers:
- When did you coin the term?
What was it that made you think these kinds of stories needed their own label?
- What is your definition of "cli-fi"? What are some of the earliest examples of cli-fi?My definition is any novel that uses climate change as the main theme of the story or uses it as a background element in the story the author is telling.
- The term "cli-fi" immediately makes you think of "sci-fi", but does cli-fi have to be more "real" and less speculative in talking about the future?
What sets it apart from science fiction? [*See the above answer.]
- Cli-fi novels are increasingly appearing on the bestseller charts. How do you explain the surge in popularity?
- What role can cli-fi books play in influencing attitudes to our changing environment?
What can they offer that scientific texts or newspaper articles can't.
- For newcomers to the new literary genre, what would be your top 3 recommendations?
And what is your own personal favourite?"
Polar City Red" by Jim Laughter in USA, published in 2012. That novel started the entire cli-fi thing going."