Can Science Fiction Save the Earth?

Image result for Dan BloomDan Bloom Hopes „Cli-Fi” Will Sway Non-Believers

In the 1957 pulp classic On the Beach, the novelist and aeronautical engineer Nevil Shute imagined a horrific scenario in the aftermath of World War III. A small group of survivors clustered in southern Australia await the arrival of a deadly radioactive cloud, contemplating the near-certainty that the rest of humanity has already perished.

It’s a terrifying prospect, of course, which is why the book has retained its grip on the public imagination, adapted twice as a movie and, in 2008, as a BBC radio broadcast. Dan Bloom first read On the Beach in a high school English class in 1967. It gave him Cold War nightmares.

By James Sullivan 


James SullivanJames Sullivan is the author of books on George Carlin, James Brown and the history of blue jeans, a regular contributor to the Boston Globe and former staff critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. Follow him on Twitter @sullivanjames.


* Climate fiction, or climate change fiction, popularly abbreviated as clifi (modelled after the assonance of „sci-fi„) is a term describing a growing body of fiction literature that deals with climate change and global warming. (Wikipedia)

3 responses to “Can Science Fiction Save the Earth?

  1. Thank you for the comment, Dan. Just came across this article, found it very interesting and blogged it on my blog, mainly for the benefit of the English speakers visitors from Romania. I hope that is allright with you.
    All the best, thank you for the visit.

  2. Thank you for this post. For more info on cli-fi, please refer to the Cli-Fi Report at or email me at Merci Beaucoup.

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