Sometimes facts and figures and the science around climate change can be depressing and frankly overwhelming. However climate change fiction (or Cli-fi for short) can help unpack fears about the future, imagine scenarios and inspire preventative action. So here are some local Australian Cli-fi books for those of us who care about the planet….yep that should be all of us!
The Earth is dying. Plants, animals and humans are being infected by spores from space and becoming part of a vast alien intelligence.
James Bradley is the author or the award winning Clade, a literary climate change fiction novel for adults.
Road to Winter and Wilder Country by Mark Smith are set in a future where a pandemic has wiped out most communities and violent gangs roam the wilderness. Finn survives alone with only his loyal dog Rowdy for company, until he comes across Rose, a ‘Siley” or asylum seeker. Helping her pulls him into a world of danger.
For younger readers there is the fabulous How to Bee by Bren MacDibble who readers will also know as the Inky longlisted Cally Black . Peony lives in a world where bees are extinct and children have to climb trees and pollinate fruit. Only the strongest and fastest children can be bees but just when she is getting close to her ambition, her estranged mother arrives and takes her to the city. The book is written in a staccato dialect making Peony’s voice one that will stay with you.
A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson is a novel set in Melbourne in 2030. Things are hot. Really hot. Clean water is hard to come by and the gap between the rich and poor is vast. This book combines speculative ideas of slipping through worlds to highlight the heartbreak and terror of a future Melbourne damaged by climate change. While this book is written as an adult fiction, there is a teen subplot and the outrageous magical realism will appeal to fans of A.S. King.
So read and be inspired to make a difference.