Isaac Cordel’s Follow the Leaders — “the collapse of capitalism and the side effects of progress.”
Cli-Fi is the Real, as hyperreal sci-fi passes into memory, a capitalist anachronism exhausted by a self-fulfilling sixth mass extinction.
Lately known as the Anthropocene, that sixth mass extinction’s mother tongue is not sci-fi, but cli-fi. It speaks of narratives that nations have manufactured for millennia to re(de)fine nature. As they are constructed and discarded, on an astronomically lucky paradise melting beyond contemporary understanding, and reproducing turbulent new abnormals.
The first to mainstream the term cli-fi, I’ve since transmitted its power to reshape how humanity will respond, perhaps survive, the catastrophe it has created. I’ve picked the brains of visionaries like Margaret Atwood, William Gibson, Alan Moore, and (many) more, seeking the triumphs and failures of our master narratives, upstart subtexts, (un)settled science, The Force and the fringe. I have probed the minds of scientists, futurists and others wrestling with existential nightmare.
And now I am writing the book on it. Strap in.
The Technocratic Exhaustion
Anchored to the principle that everything is connected, cli-fi blossoms from the failure of science and its fiction, as both degrade through capitalism’s lethal translation.
The Heat Death of Sci-Fi
“I like exact labeling,” Margaret Atwood told me, as I probed proper terminology. “Sci-fi is that which we’re probably not going to see.”
The Patriarchal Annihilation
Privileging wars and warriors, from Dr. Strangelove and The Fog of War‘s mad scientist Robert McNamara to many more, Big Science has rarely met an annihilation it didn’t love to death.
Global Warming is (the) Real
With the ascendance of climate science, humanity has finally, perhaps too late, sifted through the increasingly horrific data of our terrorized present and dystopian future.
Mother Tongue, Glacial Eye
Climate fiction aims to re-enchant and reorient terrorized Earthlings, anchoring our epochal evolution to the planet itself, not just the stars.
Earth National Park!
From David Brower’s radical concept to E.O. Wilson’s Half-Earth, from decelerations like degrowth and deconsumption to accelerations like reforestation and rewiliding, from masterpieces of Hayao Miyazaki to the future industries of Elon Musk. Then, the Beyond.