Recent Reads: Saving the World One Word at a Time: Writing Cli-Fi

J.K. Ullrich

I received a promotional copy of this book from Ellen Szabo in exchange for my honest review: thanks, Ellen!

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 5.35.23 PMIn the preface to this book, author Ellen Szabo writes “I wish someone had told me when I was young that separation of the `hard sciences’ and `creative arts’ was a false duality”. I can certainly relate! As a cli-fi author myself, I know the two disciplines can be powerful allies. I’m glad Szabo’s book will help make this emergent genre more approachable for aspiring writers. “Saving the World One Word at a Time: Writing Cli-Fi” is a useful workbook for writers who want to explore the cli-fi genre, but need a little nudge to get started. Szabo discusses cli-fi as a form of social activism and highlights ways to bring environmental speculation to life. Some of the techniques she includes are ones I used myself in Blue Karma

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