Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Every Sunday, from 1:30 pm to 5 pm, in a local park, I am setting up an informal advice table for people and passersby who might want to know more about cli-fi and its usefulness as a literary genre and a movie genre for future Hollywood movies.




Every Sunday, from 1:30 pm to 5 pm, in a local park, I am setting up an informal advice table for people and passersby who might want to know more about cli-fi and its usefulness as a literary genre and a movie genre for future Hollywood movies. Like the earlier term of ''sci-fi,'' which is pronounced with two hard i's (as in high, eye, sigh, guy,, shy, lie, try) the newer term of "cli-fi" is also said out loud with two hard i's, as in ''Klai-Fai'' (klye fye), just like sci-fi but this time it is cli-fi. And just as sci-fi is a shortened form of science fiction, so to is cli-fi a shortened version of climate fiction. So every Sunday I am the local park, sitting down at my foldable wooden table with few seats scattered around it for passersby -- teenagagers, college students, writers, poets, anybody with an interest in cli-fi, and while I am not an expert in the field, I have done some research about cli-fi and am ready to answer any questions that come my way. And any questions that I cannot readily answer, I know how to use Google and other search platforms to try to find the answers that those people who ask me questions. So welcome everyone, young and old, outgoing and shy, whatever floats your boat and whatever makes you tick, I am here every Sunday to try to answer your questions. If you cannot make it to the park, then please feel free to use the comment section at the bottom of this blog post to pose your questions to me and I will do my best to answer them. I am here for you. 24/7. But on Sundays, every Sunday, I'm in the park for you. Welcome! Free Cli-Fi Advice! -- Every Sunday in the Park -- 1:30 pm to 5 pm -- MARGARET ATWOOD MEGAN HUNTER KIM STANLEY ROBINSON PAOLO BACIGALUPI AMY BRADY novels movies Cli-Fi Rising (curated by Danny Bloom) ‏ @do_you_cli_fi_

Free Cli-Fi Advice! -- Every Sunday in the Park with Danny. -- 1:30 pm to 5 pm. -- MARGARET ATWOOD MEGAN HUNTER KIM STANLEY ROBINSON PAOLO BACIGALUPI AMY BRADY novels movies #burningworlds -- CLICK TO ENLARGE SIGN / see also my cli-fi.net website

Terrific to have Dr GhoshAmitav as the CDWPUCalgary Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in November 2018, reading from the #CliFi text of his soon to be published (mid-2019 in India, Italy, USA and the UK) cli-fi novel, ''Gun Island.''

Terrific to have Dr as the Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in November 2018, reading from the #CliFi text of his soon to be published (mid-2019 in India, Italy, USA and the UK) cli-fi novel, ''Gun Island.''

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Steve Asselin‏ on Twitter has offered a 1-2 note into the ongoing cli-fi discussion started a few days ago online by author William Gibson



Steve Asselin @DisasterScholar   on Twitter has offered a 1-2 note into the ongoing cli-fi discussion started a few days ago online by author William Gibson @GreatDismal.

re:
https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/how-climate-change-fiction-or-cli-fi-forces-us-to-confront-the-incipient-death-of-the-planet
Dr Asselin wrote first: "It's really a matter of definition. If you define 'cli-fi' as a movement, a quantifiable upswing in climate change fiction arising out of a moment of ecological crisis at the turn of the 21st century, then sure. A little tautological, but what definitions of movements aren't? " [1/2]
Followed by: ''If you define 'cli-fi' as a subject, then you have notable precedents, other numerically significant aggregations of literature/film after WWII, during the pulp age, and as we are finding out, in the late Victorian/Edwardian and possibly even one during the Romantic period.'' [2/2]

James Downson Twitter then noted to Dr Asselin: James Downs @James_AL_Downs                     
''That's a really good point, actually, and a helpful distinction to make.''
William Gibson had written in 3 tweets earlier in the month, with over 700 "likes" following the discussion:

William GibsonVerified account @GreatDismal Nov 12 / 2018 TWEETED 1-3 below: 
1. Re the cli-fi discussion, I think it should be kept in mind that very little 20th Century sf anticipated anything even remotely like what we must now recognize as the greatest single unanticipated effect of human technology.
2. This single vast predictive fail will only become more evident with time. What we've caused to happen to our planet's climate is literally the biggest thing we've done, as a species, and all unknowingly.
3.  So the urge to distinguish a science fiction of the Anthropocene, which consciously doesn't partake of that extraordinarily massive genre-wide failure of predictive imagination, actually seems quite natural to me.


The blog post, ''The Tattooist of Auschwitz' novel faces fuzzy future after reporter's expose'

The blog post, ''The Tattooist of Auschwitz' novel faces fuzzy future after reporter's expose', is now published and can be found at https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-tattooist-of-auschwitz-novel-faces-fuzzy-future-after-reporters-expose/


In a blog post that ran in the October 20 issue of Times of Israel, headlined "Truth Behind Bestseller Holocaust Romance Novel Called into Question by Some," I had no idea that the New York Times would spot this post and then, after some gentle prodding, assign a top reporter for the New York Times Australia bureu to look into the truthiness of Heather Morris' bestselling romance novel. And yet, less than a month later, Christine Kenneally, based in Melbourne, where the novel itself was written and published, delivered a one-two punch to the book, leaving a huge hole in the novel's future popularity.
The Times of Israel blog post can be found here, and The New York Times article published worldwide on November 8 can be found here.
Kenneally's name might ring a bell for some readers here. Born in Australia, she is a relative of Thomas Kenneally, the famous author of the book titled "Schindler's List" which was later made into the Hollywood movie by Steven Spielberg.
Meanwhile, with the New York Times article making waves in literary and publishing circles around the world, the fallout from the news story is sure to put the chances of a movie being made of Morris' "novel" in limbo. There are too many questions now surrounding the authenticity of Morris' book and she is feeling the pressure.
Morris initially wrote the story as a movie screenplay, but later turned it into a romance novel. That's where her troubles began. She took liberties with an elderly Holocaust survivor's memories that she never should have taken, and now the criticism over the novel's truthiness is going to point the finger at both Morris and the publisher Angela Meyer. They have a lot of explaining to do now in the wake of the New York Times expose. It's not going to be a pretty picture, either.
I tried to warn both Morris and Meyer of the trouble they were heading in, but neither of them responded to my emails, Facebook messages or tweets. Stonewalling gets you nowhere, as the two have now learned.
"In the 'Additional Information' section of the book, Morris writes that 34902 was in fact Furman’s number," Kenneally reported. "But as it turns out, it’s not. In a 1996 interview with the USC Shoah Foundation, Furman said her number was 4562. Other evidence from her own account and from the archives at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum supports her claim."
There's more daming evidence.
"Likewise Furman’s arrival date is said to be April 13, 1942. But it’s not possible for a woman assigned the number 34902 to have arrived at Auschwitz on that date or even in that year. A woman entering Auschwitz at that time would have had a four-digit number," Kenneally reported.
Most damning perhaps is the New York Times assertion that while much of the interest in, and marketing of, the bestselling and heavily promoted book -- over 650,000 copies in print worldwide -- focused on the so-called ''true story'' the cover and PR material says it was  based on, there is confusion about which stories in the ''novel'' are true and which are not.
"Morris said that the tattoo scene where Sokolov so momentously saw Furman for the first time really occurred. But interviews with Sokolov and Furman from the 1990s, and with their son Gary recently, provide no support for that claim," the New York Times reported.
Morris' book is in trouble now. It might be recalled, with no future editions printed or sold. The movie option for the book might very well be cancelled now. Telling a big fat white lie, even if it is to turn an elderly Holocaust survivor's manipulated memories into a bestseller with the best of intentions, is to spit on the graves and memories of the 6 million Jews who died in the Nazi Holocaust. The New York Times has spoken.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sci-fi website in New York TOR.COM refuses to allow Taiwanese sci-fi fans to register at site as citizens of Taiwan and forces them to join as citizens of communist China: Orwellian nonsense?

Yes, a top Sci-fi website in New York TOR.COM/register refuses to allow Taiwanese sci-fi fans and sci-fi readers to register at site as citizens of Taiwan and forces them to join as citizens of communist China: Orwellian nonsense?
See the drop down menu above and see if you can find a country called Taiwan on the menu. No. Only China is there and Taiwanese sci-fi fans must sign in as being nationals of Communist China when Tor editors know very well that Taiwanese are not citizens of Communist China. Yet Tor refuses to change the drop down menu.

There's more: A Taiwanese e-sports team was  recently denied entry to a competition next year after the German body overseeing it argued that Taiwan does not exist on any UN list of countries or regions
Although a declaration of independence would probably not see Taiwanese sovereignty recognized in the short term, it would legally protect the nation from annexation and afford it international recognition, while putting it on the path toward sovereignty in the long term. It would also protect the democratic rights and the will of the nation’s 23.5 million people.
While there is no set definition for what constitutes sovereignty, legal experts around the world largely agree on a few key requirements and generally concur that UN recognition is the standard for a successful determination of the requirements.
A BBC article on Oct. 10 last year delineated four components that comprise a state: a people, a territory, a government and the ability to conduct relations with other states on a sovereign basis.
The definition of “a people” is disputed, the article said, but added that some argue it means a permanent population with a concept of and belief in their own nationality.
Despite having these components, Taiwan remains in limbo — neither under the control of another nation nor recognized as sovereign. This is largely due to international laws being somewhat contradictory. They call for the protection of self-determination, as outlined in the UN Charter and clarified in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, but disallow the fragmentation of existing sovereign states.
An article on theconversation.com says that these laws were mostly written during the period of decolonization, while self-determination in today’s world is typically done by working within the confines of a pre-existing state, such as the establishment of autonomous areas.
Areas claimed by the Republic of China are recognized by the UN as part of the sovereign territory of the People’s Republic of China, whose sovereignty is protected by the 1971 UN General Assembly Resolution 2758.
Then-UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon in 2007 cited this resolution when he rejected then-president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) bid for full UN membership for Taiwan.
Three of the world’s newest countries — East Timor, South Sudan and Eritrea — gained sovereignty because the nations from which they separated relinquished territory as part of internationally negotiated peace agreements.
For Taiwan, such a possibility simply does not exist in the short term. The relinquishment of claims over Taiwan by Beijing would give impetus to independence movements in Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang, which would seriously weaken the Chinese Communist Party.
However, even without recognized sovereignty, there is value in declaring independence, as Kosovo’s independence from Serbia in 2008 showed. Although Kosovo is still claimed by Serbia, its independence is recognized by more than half of the UN member states and its de facto statehood also means that Serbia cannot use force to reclaim it.
Citing Oxford University professor of public international law Stefan Talmon, an article on the Web site of Foreign Policy magazine says that the UN Charter prohibits the use of force against an established state as part of Cold War-era rules that protect new states not yet recognized by some governments.

So what say you, TOR? 

You are a top Sci-fi website in New York TOR.COM/register and you still refuse to allow Taiwanese sci-fi fans and sci-fi readers to register at site as citizens of Taiwan and forces them to join as citizens of communist China: Orwellian nonsense?
See the drop down menu above and see if you can find a country called Taiwan on the menu. No. Only China is there and Taiwanese sci-fi fans must sign in as being nationals of Communist China when Tor editors know very well that Taiwanese are not citizens of Communist China. Yet Tor refuses to change the drop down menu.

AND:

DEAR EDITOR, THE TAIPEI TIMES
As readers who follow the news know,  China has sent a threatening letter to a large number of international airlines demanding that they change the country code for Taiwan (TW) on their schedules to China (CN), as dictated by Beijing’s “one China” principle.
However, standing up for Taiwan’s international space and presence, on May 5 US President Donald Trump’s administration issued a statement condemning China’s science fictional “demand” as “Orwellian nonsense” through which China was trying to impose its own political claims on private companies around the world.
It’s like the British novels Nighteen Eighty-four and Animal Farm have come to life in 2018.
Believe it or not, a major sci-fi publishing company in New York, the most prestigious science fiction publisher in the world, Tor Books, whose editors know all about the Nighteen Eighty-four and Animal Farm, also kowtows to Beijing’s “one China” nonsense by asking Taiwanese sci-fi fans who want to sign up at the Tor Web site (tor.com/register) to list their country on the site’s drop-down menu as either “China” or “Taiwan, province of China.”
Yes, the world-famous sci-fi Web site run by Tor Books does not allow Taiwanese sci-fi fans to list their country as “Taiwan.”
Yet as readers know, Taiwan is a free and independent democracy, which abides by international law and has never been a part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Chinese claim that Taiwan is part of the PRC is a silly nationalistic sci-fi illusion, with no basis in international law.
By forcing Taiwanese sci-fi fans to register on the Web site as being from either “China” or “Taiwan, province of China,” Tor’s editors and Web site managers are showing a terrible and naive bias to Taiwanese fans.
Tor’s editors are probably not even aware of this oversight on their registration form, thus this letter, and hopefully a change in the Web site’s current Orwellian nonsense.
I hope that Tor Books, once its editors read this letter, will do the right thing and stand up for Taiwan on its online registration form and show science fiction fans around the world that US sci-fi Web sites do not kowtow to China.
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An interview with Ilana Strauss on the rise of the cli-fi genre worldwide over the last ten years or so



Ilana: (by email) -- Thanks! Can you tell me a bit more about cli-fi? I don't know much about it. How many cli-fi books/movies/etc are there? Is it a growing artistic movement?

Dan Bloom: (by email) -- Cli-fi is my coinage, as a climate activist of the literary pr kind. I wanted a new genre as a wake up call, a warning flare, a PR tool. It really got started in a big way first with an NPR segment by freelance radio reporter Angela Evancie on April 20, 2013. Margaret Atwood tweeted about me using the term in 2011. I've been blogging nonstop 24/7 ever since, from my home office in Taiwan. Tufts 1971 lit major. Created the cli-fi term in Taiwan on my blog as a trial balloon in 2008. After the NPR pick-up, the New York Times picked it up in two major articles in 2014 after NPR story went viral in both text and podcast.  Cli-fi promotion is now my life's work as a PR gadfly. I hope to inspire novelists, headline writers, lit critics, readers. I'm a dreamer, 70 now, penniless, childless. Cli-fi is my child.

PS: There are over 200 cli-fi novels listed at goodreads in cli-fi list there. And yes, there is a huge intl artistic movement now. But still 99 percent of Americans have never heard or seen the word yet. There's work to do. Maybe 25 more years, even more.  

Google the term in both Google News and regular Google. The AFP wire service in France just did big story on  it. See the AFP link at korgw101.Blogspot.com

Story idea for you?

Ilana: This is all pretty interesting! Are you free for an interview sometime next week?

Dan: Sure.

Ilana (the next week as interview continues by email:)--  So, could you just tell me your story? How you got involved in all this, any exciting moments, what you hope to accomplish?

Dan: Most exciting moments:

In 2011 when Margaret Atwood retweeted a cli-fi tweet I sent her, and her tweet travelled far via her 1 million Twitter followers and media interest in her.

2013 April when NPR did a 5 minute segment on a hot new genre called cli-fi on air and in transcript form in npr website

2014 April 1 when New York Times staff reporter Richard Perez-Pena reported on Univ of Oregon professor Stephanie LeMenager who was teaching the first ever cli-fi class to her graduate and PhD students

July 2014 when the NYT Room for Debate section online asked 5 cli-fi experts to weigh in on the prospects for cli-fi to catch on in the future
2018 October when lit hub book marks in a post said "cli-fi is perhaps the most important literary genre of our era"

What I hope to accomplish?

I'm just a cheerleader egging on novelists world-wide to write cli-fi novels, so I hope to inspire more novelists and YA writers to take the plunge with cli-fi.

I'm looking for someone in the 2020s or 2030s to write the "On the Beach" of climate change novels as a major global wake up call.

Ilana: Oh, and one thing I want to check on: what are some of your biggest successes, in terms of promoting these books? I want to check in with the authors.

Dan: Some authors I have worked with on this:
"Polar City Red," a novel by Jim Laughter  about 60 yrs old, a retired Navy career guy in Tulsa Oklahoma. I asked him to write the novel for me, after he was recommended by another Texas novelist. So I commissioned him to write the novel with the entire story his own words his own characters all royalties to him. No money to me. The only thing I asked for was to set the story in a domed polar city in Alaska in the distant future . And I asked the title be "polar city red" and Jim agreed and write the book. Published April 2012, the first ever purposefully consciously published cli-fi novel calling itself in promo material "a cli-fi thriller". It served as pr guy for the novel. Jim has info on his website about it. His email contact is


Also a  novel titled "Finitude" by Hamish MacDonald, then in Scotland now moved back to native Canada. I encouraged him in writing process and helped with getting it called a cli-fi novel by book reviews in media. Book available free online now on his website. I loved his book. Great writing. Great story. Set in a UK in near future but nation never named as UK. His novel is noteworthy because first ever cli-fi novel with gay main character. But treated as normal main character without making big deal he is gay. Hamish is gay and married to his Scottish partner in Canada.


Former Wiki Editor ''LynnS79'' blogs about YA cli-fi novels

Category Archives: Cli-Fi, Climate Fiction



Former Wiki Editor ''LynnS79'' blogs: "RE: Authors who explore global warming in cli-fi fiction. They are recognizing various genres, voices, and storytelling styles which cover the subject of climate change found in fiction. Generally speaking, climate change may be a strong character, a motivator of plot, the crux of dramatic tension, or a very strong backdrop in a story. It can also encompass the cli-fi genre or literary fiction.



LynnS79 recently read Ms. Edan Lepucki’s cli-fi short story in the new Amazon Original Fiction cli-fi collection of 7 cli-fi stories and her story was titled  “There’s No Place Like Home,” which was told from the perspective of a 14-year-old girl in a much-climate-changed future.