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Imagining the Future of Climate Change : World-Making through Science Fiction and Activism - Shelley Streeby

Imagining the Future of Climate Change

World-Making through Science Fiction and Activism

Paperback Published: 31st January 2018
ISBN: 9780520294455
Number Of Pages: 168

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This title is part of American Studies Now and available as an e-book first. Visit ucpress.edu/go/americanstudiesnow to learn more. 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 in the wake of imminent environmental collapse, engaging audiences to think about the Earth's sustainability. As public awareness of climate change has grown, so has the popularity of imaginative 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. It is through these stories and movements by Natives and people of color-both in the real world and imagined through science fiction-that we understand the relationship between culture and activism and how both can be a valuable tool 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 to explore post-disaster possibilities and the art of world-making.

"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)

ISBN: 9780520294455
ISBN-10: 0520294459
Series: American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 31st January 2018
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 14.7  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1