Danny Bloom
I seek the truth wherever it lies.

‘All sci-fi will be cli-fi,’ opined Cat Sparks in Australia

If you’ve ever flown into Sydney, Australia from overseas at night while looking out the window of your 747, you might this Australian pop folksong titled “Have You Ever Seen Sydney From a 747 at Night?”

It’s an infectious little tune sung by a some tall Australians, and since this blog post is about the rise of a new literary genre dubbed ”cli-fi” in Australia, I thought this might be a nice musical way of getting into the mood.

At a recent literary conference in New South Wales, James Bradley and Cat Sparks spoke about the future of sci-fi and cli-fi.

“People just haven’t realized that we’re all writing anthropocene fiction,” Bradley told the audience.

And Sparks noted: “Post-apocalyptic fiction is a kind of contempt pornography… but I still like it.”

So there you have it. A well-attended literary conference in Australia featured a post-modern panel discussing post-modern literary theory, and the result was explosive and eye-opening. How sci-fi novelists and literary critics (and cli-fi novelists and literary critics) will react to the comments heard on the panel is anyone’s guess. But time will tell.

Cli-fi marches on.

About the Author
Danny Bloom is editor of The Cli-Fi Report at www.cli-fi.net. Danny graduated from Tufts University in Boston in 1971 with a major in Yiddish Literature. A newspaper editor and reporter since his days in Alaska, Japan and Taiwan, he has lived and worked in 14 countries and speaks French, Japanese and Chinese. He hopes to live until 2032, when his tombstone will read "I came, I saw, I ate cho-dofu."