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.
The Comedy of Coping, with Kim Stanley Robinson
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
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. here.
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.
Climate Fiction Short Story Contest – Finalists Announced
We are proud to announce the twelve finalists in our 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest. The twelve stories were selected from more than 700 submissions from all around the world and will be published in an online anthology in September 2016. We will also announce the grand prize winner of the contest ($1,000) and the four runners-up in September.
Read more 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.