Imagination is essential to our ability to create, design and bring about the futures we want. Scientific inquiry, combined with our own dreams, fears and desires, are the building blocks of the future we will create.
Unnatural Disasters: Writing Sci-Fi & Cli-Fi in a Changing World
A two-week writing class in December 2018 with instructor Malik Toms, offered by ASU’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.
We sit on the edge of possibility. From Roddenberry’s sliding doors and tablet PCs to Atwood’s dystopian floods, our stories point the way to possible futures. This is a class about writing those futures. Participants will explore the basic elements of creating strong fiction and learn how to weave those elements into the extraordinary worlds we carve out of fringe science and the environmental issues shaping our tomorrows. Participants will engage with existing genre work ranging from Bacigalupi to Zelzany to learn the finer points of craft. Then participants will create new or revisit old works of fiction with an eye towards the future. Learn more and sign up today!
Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest 2018
In the wake of Earth’s hottest year on record, the effects of climate change are more apparent than ever. But how do we come to grips with what climate change looks like for real people in actual places? Our call for submissions closed in February 2018, and we’re now in the midst of the judging process. Learn more…
Kim Stanley Robinson Lecture, September 2017
As the creeping destruction wrought by climate change escalates and political antagonism and public apathy deepen, finding the right story to catalyze change is more urgent than ever. Join ASU’s Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative for a talk with New York Times-bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson, “The Comedy of Coping: Alarm and Resolve in Climate Fiction” on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Phoenix Art Museum at 7:00 pm. After the talk, Robinson will take questions from the audience and sign books. RSVP here.
Everything Change: An Anthology of Climate Fiction
Everything Change is a digital anthology featuring contributions from renowned science fiction authors Kim Stanley Robinson and Paolo Bacigalupi, along with 12 stories from our 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest. The anthology explores a variety of possible futures for Earth and humanity transformed by climate change. Download the anthology here.
Elizabeth Kolbert Lecture, October 2016
Join Pulitzer-prize winning author and journalist Elizabeth Kolbert for a special presentation on her latest work, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. In this exclusive lecture, Ms. Kolbert will demonstrate how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way that no species has and how the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy. Learn more….
Paolo Bacigalupi on the Power of Speculative Fiction
When award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi visited the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative in 2015, we sat down with him to talk about climate change, storytelling and the power of the imagination. You can watch three short videos from our Bacigalupi interview here.
The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative is an ASU partnership between the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, the Center for Science and the Imagination, and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.