I’m sure that most of you reading this blog post have never heard of the “Cli-fi” literary term before, and that’s exactly why I’m posting this here.
I coined the literary genre term in 2011 as my personal way to help “repair the world” (tikkun olam).
So Cli-fi? What’s it all about? Let me explain:
It’s a post-science fiction term for novels and movies that deal with the reality of global warming. It’s not about entertainment or escapism. And it’s not about generation ships travelling to distant planets. My teachers were Isaac Asimov and Jesse Ausubel back in the 1980s. They spoke up, I listened.
If you Google the Cli-fi term today, you will see that it has found its place now in the culture at large, as a buzzword, a cri de coeur, a wake-up call.
It’s not a Jewish term. It’s a post-religious “call to action” for our descendants.