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Anthropocene Fictions – The Novel in a Time of Climate Change

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Anthropocene FictionsJust been perusing a scholarly review of Adam Trexler’s Anthropocene Fictions – The Novel in a Time of Climate Change. I wanted to share with you the take-a-ways I came away with. Here are a few key points:

  • The novel has become an essential tool to construct meaning in an age of climate change.
  • The novel expands the reach of climate science, turning abstract predictions into tangible experiences of place, identity, and culture.
  • The novel has been forced to adapt to new boundaries between individual choice, collective action, and larger systems of natural phenomena.
  • Fiction fills the void when unprecedented scientific consensus has failed to lead to action.

I agree with all of these points made by Trexler. In fact, I wrote The Big Melt because I wanted to reach out and engage a wider audience in the fight to reduce greenhouse gases and the warming of our climate.  Fiction has been very important in past cultural shifts such as slavery, human rights, woman rights, and workplace safety. Fiction will be important in helping us understand what the future might be like if we don’t take actions today.  Go to to find out what you can do.


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