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.