Via H-Net posted by Paul Hirt
Arizona State University has a multi-disciplinary Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative, which seeks to involve scholars and lay people in using creative thought about possible futures in order to illuminate climate challenges and potential adaptations and solutions. This may seem an odd topic for a historians’ listserv but I have had the pleasure of teaching courses on how past societies imagined the future. (Thanks to Michael Egan for the original inspiration in his course “The History of the Future.”) Reading about how luminaries like Edward Bellamy, HG Wells, Charlotte Perkins Gillman, Jules Verne, George Orwell, and others have imagined the future and the ways their creative fiction was shaped by social context is a very productive and stimulating exercise in historical thinking. Students love it. Some of you may remember the Smithsonian Institution created a traveling exhibit in the early 1990s titled Yesterday’s Tomorrows. There is a book by that title profiling the exhibit that you can still buy on used books websites.
If you are interested in creative writing and futurism, or if you know someone who is, please share the information below about ASU’s second climate fiction writing contest:
Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest, Arizona State University
We are looking for stories that illustrate, explore, or illuminate the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth. We invite submissions in all genres of short fiction. Work will be judged by renowned science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson. The winning story will receive a $1,000 prize, and nine finalists will receive $50 prizes. Selected work will be published by Arizona State University in an online anthology, which will be free to download, read, and share. Submissions must be 5,000 words or less, and must be original, previously unpublished work. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2018. Learn more and enter at https://climateimagination.asu.edu/clificontest.