Note — Aug 22, 2021

A Century of Science Fiction that Changed How We Think About the Environment

A bit of an up and down piece for me, and the author lists a number of books already mentioned here in the past, but interesting for the parallel between environmental rhetoric and speculative design, and to be read in relation to the piece above.

Environmental rhetoric, like speculative design, an approach that encourages thinking about and designing possible futures in a meaningful way, is one of the main places we see sf become a discursive way to grasp the present. […]

Whereas documents such as the Department of Defense 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, cited by Thomas, cultivate feelings of neutral detachment and automated response to already anticipated scenarios, sf about climate change enables readers to experience multiple temporalities beyond the individual human life.