Valerian and the Slow Rise of Cli-Fi

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Valerian and the Slow Rise of Cli-Fi

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

“The Earth has experienced five mass extinctions before the one we are living through now, each so complete a slate-wiping of the evolutionary record it functioned as a resetting of the planetary clock, and many climate scientists will tell you they are the best analog for the ecological future we are diving headlong into.”


n July 9, David Wallace-Wells of New York Magazine published a cover story about climate change, which discussed the worst-case scenario of our ambitious curbing of greenhouse gases, and even a more terrifying scenario of how that might not be enough to save the planet. Laid bare in solid fact and interactions with the world’s best scientists, the piece sent a ripple through the American internet, just like the Urban Poor book here at home, spawned think pieces and conversation in abundance.