Cli fi

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Cli fi (or "cli-fi") is a genre term for novels and movies based around the themes of climate change and global warming. It takes its name as a shortening of climate fiction, much as science fiction is often shortened to "sci-fi". While the two genres share some features in common and can both be regarded as part of the broader category of speculative fiction, they are separate genres. Cli-fi novels and films are often set in either the present or the near or distant future, but they can also be set in the past. Many cli-fi movies and novels raise awareness about the major threats that climate change and global warming present to life on Earth.

History and origin[edit]

The term "cli-fi" was created in 2008 and popularized as wake-up call for pressing climate issues by American climate activist Danny Bloom [1] and used as a critical prism key word in a couple of film reviews in 2009 and 2010 by Wired reporter Scott Thill.[2][3] Margaret Atwood sent out in a tweet about cli-fi in 2011.[4] In December 2012, American climatologist Judith Curry wrote about the term on her blog, "Climate Etc." Bernie Bulkin, Former Chief Scientist of BP; Chair, the UK Office of Renewable Energy, writing for the Huffington Post, also published a piece on cli-fi in November 2013: "'Cli-fi: one answer to a climate problem'."

The Drowned World (1962) by J.G. Ballard is often cited as one of the first cli-fi novels,[5] although it is not about global warming (i.e. man-made) rather from natural solar radiation (i.e. climate change).

Examples in movies and literature[edit]


  1. ^ Merchant, Brian (June 1, 2013). "Behold the Rise of Dystopian 'Cli-Fi'". VICE - Motherboard. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  2. ^ By Scott Thill   (2014-07-07). "Review: The Age of Stupid Gets Smart on Enviropocalypse | Underwire". WIRED. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  3. ^ Thill, Scott. "Methane Apocalypse Threatens World in Syfy Schlocker Ice Quake | Underwire |". Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  4. ^ Posted by DANIELBLOOM (2013-04-29). "CLI FLY CENTRAL : Ecotopian fiction". Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  5. ^ "Cli-Fi | Climate Etc". 2012-12-23. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 

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