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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
The term "cli-fi" was created in 2008 and popularized as wake-up call for pressing climate issues by American climate activist Danny Bloom  and used as a critical prism key word in a couple of film reviews in 2009 and 2010 by Wired reporter Scott Thill. Margaret Atwood sent out in a tweet about cli-fi in 2011. 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, 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
- The Drowned World (1962) by JG Ballard
- The Sea and Summer (1987) by George Turner
- A Friend of the Earth (2000) by T.C. Boyle
- Carbon Dreams (2001) by Susan M. Gaines
- Forty Signs of Rain (2004) by Kim Stanley Robinson (Science in the Capital series Vol. 1)
- Fifty Degrees Below (2005) by Kim Stanley Robinson (Science in the Capital series Vol. 2)
- Sixty Days and Counting (2007) by Kim Stanley Robinson (Science in the Capital series Vol. 3)
- The Windup Girl (2009) by Paolo Bacigalupi
- Finitude (2009) by Hamish MacDonald
- Seal Intestine Raincoat (2009) by Rosie Chard
- Flight Behavior (2012) by Barbara Kingsolver
- Arctic Rising (2012) by Tobias S. Buckell
- The Admiral (2014) by James R. Gilbert
- Noah (2014), directed by Darren Aronofsky
- Into the Storm (2014), directed by Steven Quale
- Interstellar (2014), directed by Christopher Nolan
- Snowpiercer (2014), directed by Joon-ho Bong
- Tipping Point(2011), Simon Rosser - A climate fiction action-thriller, Tipping Point combines action, adventure and thrills with an environmental/ecological theme
- Merchant, Brian (June 1, 2013). "Behold the Rise of Dystopian 'Cli-Fi'". VICE - Motherboard. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
- By Scott Thill (2014-07-07). "Review: The Age of Stupid Gets Smart on Enviropocalypse | Underwire". WIRED. Retrieved 2014-07-18.
- Thill, Scott. "Methane Apocalypse Threatens World in Syfy Schlocker Ice Quake | Underwire | Wired.com". Archive.wired.com. Retrieved 2014-07-18.
- Posted by DANIELBLOOM (2013-04-29). "CLI FLY CENTRAL : Ecotopian fiction". Pcillu101.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2014-07-18.
- "Cli-Fi | Climate Etc". Judithcurry.com. 2012-12-23. Retrieved 2014-07-18.
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- Washington Post: Oped on rise of cli-fi
- NPR radio broadcast April 2013: Climate Change Has Created New Literary Genre
- TIME magazine: Summer Cli-Fi Thrillers
- NYT - College Classes Use Art to Brace for Climate Change
- Climate change inspires a new literary genre: cli-fi
- Thanks to TeleRead and NPR, 'Cli-fi' is now an official literary term