Climate fiction, or climate change fiction, popularly abbreviated as cli-fi (modelled after the assonance of “sci-fi”) is literature that deals with global warming. Not necessarily speculative in nature, works of cli-fi may take place in the present or in the near future. University courses on literature and environmental issues now include climate change fiction sections. This body of literature has been discussed by a variety of publications worldwide, from the New York Times to the Times of Israel.
For World Environment Day, see some Literary Book recs for Cli-Fi novels and resources from a Sci-Fi site.
For up-to-date and current links to news articles and opeds about cli-fi, see the autobot-updated blogsite at this link:
Professor Ted Howell maintains an academic site for those teaching cli-fi courses at his teaching site.
If you’ve taught a cli-fi course in the past, are currently teaching one, or have feedback or questions of any kind about his site or about cli-fi, please feel free to contact him via The Cli-Fi Report.
For some current reading suggestions about cli-fi novels, visit the monthly cli-fi trends column written by New York literary critic Amy Brady titled “Burning Worlds.”
Sheree Rene Thomas, a professor at Smith College in America, talks about her views on cli-fi in this New York Times oped.