Note — May 23, 2021

Can Climate Fiction Writers Reach People in Ways that Scientists Can’t?

In this one, the title kind of says it all in terms of summary. Good read nonetheless for the various examples, including VanderMeer I mentioned last week, and a passing comment about Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower which was also given as an example in the Protopia article, both mentioning aspects of it that have come true. Otherwise, the last quote below is the for me the best conclusion: we need as many entry points as needed for everyone to accept and act.

There’s something to be said for the idea of really trying hard to understand what the science is saying right now, and then extrapolating it into the future.” […]

“The thing I think we [fiction writers] can tell you about the future the most is how it’s going to viscerally surround you,” says VanderMeer. “More than the actual accuracy of the details, what I’m mostly concerned about is what is it like to live in a particular moment.” […]

Climate change is such an “enormous, wicked problem,” adds Brady, that we need a lot of pathways to conversations about it. “While novels may not change the world, they at least offer one entry point into that conversation, and I think the more entry points we have into it, the better,” she says.

More → Apocalypse movies need to imagine climate solutions, too. On roughly the same topic, Maddie Stone again, this time at Polygon and focusing on movies and the influence they can have in thinking and mobilizing.

But while these examples are diverse, nearly every box office hit that’s touched on climate change in recent years has overlooked a key part of the conversation: how to solve it.