Cli-Fi Blog

Weather Menders Author Debra Denker Video on Her Cli-fi Novel, Climate Change, and Climate Hope

My cat Samadhi Timewalker, Sammy for short, standing in for Georgie the time-traveling cat. He'd like you to read Weather Menders, and to watch this video of his human, author Debra Denker, reading chapters from Weather Menders. I also discuss climate change, positive and possible solutions moving in the right direction such as the Green … Continue reading Weather Menders Author Debra Denker Video on Her Cli-fi Novel, Climate Change, and Climate Hope

Santa Fe’s Very Woke Teens and Children: Youth Climate Strike

Yesterday I joined several hundred very woke teens and children in the first Santa Fe Youth Climate Strike. Supported by parents, adults, and elders, these young leaders amplified the passionate call for immediate climate action first voiced by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish high school student and now activist and Nobel Prize nominee. I can … Continue reading Santa Fe’s Very Woke Teens and Children: Youth Climate Strike

Message from the North

For a few days in early November, and again in early December, Santa Fe was colder than Anchorage, Alaska. As humans and the remaining straggling birds shivered, as the last of the marigolds in my garden froze solid, friends in Alaska resignedly told me that the snow that had cheered (most of) them up had melted.

Imagine a World Without Elephants—or Lions, or Tigers, or Polar Bears

“A world without elephants is like a world without oxygen.” —Turkana member of Kenya Wildlife Service, in the film Walking Thunder. I don’t want to live in a world without elephants, lions, tigers, rhinos, or polar bears. Or mosquitos, for that matter. It’s not just about the large mammals known in conservation circles as “charismatic … Continue reading Imagine a World Without Elephants—or Lions, or Tigers, or Polar Bears

Trapped by Climate Change

I am fortunate to live a life filled with many options. Physically escaping climate change, I am learning, is not one of them. On my bad days, I think it must be a curse. Heat and drought seem to follow me wherever I go. In 2013, I gently gloated, thinking that I would be getting … Continue reading Trapped by Climate Change

Review of Deena Metzger’s “A Rain of Night Birds”

This is the review I posted on Amazon and Goodreads: Deena Metzger’s achingly beautiful and poetic cli-fi novel unflinchingly evokes the planetary anguish of facing climate change and environmental devastation. I started reading it on an airplane and was immediately transfixed. The characters of climate scientists Sandra Birdswell and Terrence Green come from radically different backgrounds, … Continue reading Review of Deena Metzger’s “A Rain of Night Birds”

Reclaiming Cycles in a Time of Loss

Year by year, we are losing the seasons that have marked human culture, animal migrations, and the cycles of plant life for thousands of years. Spring comes to the Arctic 16 days earlier than a mere decade ago, according to a recent article in The Guardian. And it’s not just the Arctic, as any careful … Continue reading Reclaiming Cycles in a Time of Loss

Love Letter to Winter from the American Southwest

Dear Winter, Please come back, all is forgiven. We need you, to give the earth a rest, to let the trees and plants stay dormant, to nourish the land with snow.  We need your freezing temperatures to kill bark beetles and viruses, to keep juniper pollen at bay, to allow for a time of rest … Continue reading Love Letter to Winter from the American Southwest