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Imagining the Future of Climate Change

World-Making through Science Fiction and Activism

Shelley Streeby

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California Uni Pr Academc
21 December 2017
From the 1960s to the present, activists, artists, and science fiction writers have imagined the consequences of climate change and its impacts on our future. Authors such as Octavia Butler and Leslie Marmon Silko, movie directors such as Bong Joon-Ho, and creators of digital media such as the makers of the Maori web series Anamata Future News have all envisioned future worlds during and after environmental collapse, engaging audiences to think about the earth's sustainability. As public awareness of climate change has grown, so has the popularity of works of climate fiction that connect science with activism.

Today, real-world social movements helmed by Indigenous people and people of color are leading the way against the greatest threat to our environment: the fossil fuel industry. Their stories and movements-in the real world and through science fiction-help us all better understand the relationship between activism and culture, and how both can be valuable tools in creating our future. Imagining the Future of Climate Change introduces readers to the history and most significant flashpoints in climate justice through speculative fictions and social movements, exploring post-disaster possibilities and the art of world-making.
By:   Shelley Streeby
Imprint:   California Uni Pr Academc
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   5
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   227g
ISBN:   9780520294455
ISBN 10:   0520294459
Series:   American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present
Pages:   168
Publication Date:   21 December 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Shelley Streeby is Professor of Literature and Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego and Director of the Clarion Writing Workshop. She is the author of Radical Sensations, American Sensations, and co-editor of Empire and the Literature of Sensation. She is Associate Editor of American Quarterly.

Reviews for Imagining the Future of Climate Change: World-Making through Science Fiction and Activism

A unique and necessary book that bridges the too often too distant spheres of environmental activism and SF scholarship. --Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Incredibly well-researched and notably conversant with the intricacies of both key sf writing and activism from the inception of environmentalism movements and their related speculative contemplations to those in the present day, Streeby's Imagining the Future of Climate Change is an indispensable text in working to turn the dystopian now toward more positive and inclusive means of fostering world community-building as we labor together to engage with the climate future we have wrought. --Science Fiction Studies (10/01/2018)


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