My debut book now has a cover and a release date! Our Shared Storm: A Novel of Five Climate Futures will be published April 5, 2022 from Fordham University Press. It’s already listed for preorder on most book retailers websites, or direct from the publisher here.
Our Shared Storm is a cli-fi fix-up novel that explores five different potential futures inspired by the IPCC’s Shared Socioeconomic Pathways scenarios. The five stories are set in 2056 at the United Nations climate negotiations (the Conference of the Parties, a.k.a. the COP), but in each scenario the conference, the characters, and the world have been shaped by diverging future histories. Exploring themes of mediocrity, economic growth, inequality, fragmentation, and sustainability, each story has its own twists and turns as our core characters meet each other anew, each as different people living different lives. The five stories knit together into a single narrative whole that explores the the collective choices we will have to make in the coming three decades.
The book also features an afterword about the nature and uses of climate fiction, and proposes a new theoretical formulation of “post-normal fiction.” Feel free to get in touch if you are a teacher interested in climate fiction and are considering using the text for a class.
If any of this sounds interesting, preordering your copy now would be a big help. Or have your local bookstore reserve you a copy!