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Teaching SDGs with the anthology 2047 Short stories from our common future

2047 Short Stories Posted on 13 Dec, 2019 13:26

We are very proud that that Action Aid Denmark has chosen to develop teaching materiale for the first short story in our anthology.

The material is created by a high school teacher to be used as part of the English curriculum in Danish schools. However, since the material is written mainly in English, it can be used by anyone who understands English og is learning English.
The teaching material is available for free on this website.

Interview with Julie Gram

2047 Short Stories Posted on 25 Feb, 2019 22:03

What do you create/illustrate?
I mostly create within the genre of fantasy. But I also do portraits.

Why did you decide to join the team as an illustrator for the anthology 2047 Short stories from our common future?
I felt like I could help create awareness about the enviroment and the future we could be facing if we don’t start taking more care of it.

Where do you get inspiration?
Anywhere. Not a very specific answer, but it can be a scene from a movie, a look at a sunset, a word in a conversation. In generelt ideas can be sparked from the littlest things 🙂

What are you illustrating at the moment?
I’ve just finished the cover for a magasin for an author union in which I’m also a member.

Visit Julies webpage here

Interview with Lori X Nishimoto

2047 Short Stories Posted on 16 Jan, 2019 12:25

1. What do you write?

I’m passionate about systems thinking. Our decisions impact society and environment every day, but we don’t always understand the effects of our actions on the complex ecosystem of people and nature. Competing advice about the best way to live creates uncertainty which slows our progress toward true sustainability. How can we make a better world if we worry that everything we do makes things worse? I write stories about characters who struggle to protect the precarious environmental balance after a massive program of social and technology change stabilizes the climate on earth. I believe that fiction can help people believe in a future where humanity finds the will to address climate-change and to thrive in a new world with different ways of life. It is my hope that, after seeing the beautiful world we can create, people will be more willing to build it.

2. Why did you decide to join the author team for the anthology 2047 Short stories from our common future?

The Anthology project represented an amazing opportunity to meet like-minded authors around the world with a passion for the power of fiction to address climate change. I was thrilled to get to know and to learn more about writing from such a fascinating group of authors.

3. Where do you get inspiration?

Technology innovators inspire and amaze me. From research universities to startup companies, new inventions and business models spark my imagination and suggest ways to solve the global problems of emissions and scarce resources. These remarkable breakthroughs can illuminate pathways for a world in dire need of climate stability.

4. What are you writing at the moment?

I’m writing the first installment in a trilogy. This full-length climate fiction novel follows the protagonist of my Anthology 2047 short story as she confronts environmental change on her path to corporate success.

Here’s the summary:

“Years after the social and economic revolution which saved humanity from climate collapse in the 21st century, the earth shifts again. High-tech entrepreneur Willoy must beat out her competition for the next product hit or she will lose her job. In secret, she readies the world’s first prediction-enabled humanoid robots for a market in need of foresight in a time of growing geologic instability. Facing sabotage and mysterious threats, Willoy and Pramesh must journey across the country to enlist powerful allies and prevent environmental destruction.”

5. Why should we read it?

When we hear about climate change, we shrink back in the face of so much bad news and controversy. This novel provokes readers to resist folding inward. After engaging with dynamic characters in a world which has solved climate change, I hope people will take action, reach out, drive toward solutions, and realize a new vision for tomorrow.

Interview with Lene K Kristoffersen

2047 Short Stories Posted on 05 Dec, 2018 20:26

What do you write?
I write almost anything. I write poetry and have been doing it since I was 10. I write short stories and blog entries. I am also working on a novel but it’s harder than I ever imagined. As to genres I mostly write Young Adult and with a touch of fantasy or sci-fi. My poems come from the heart and most of them are about loss or things I have faced. They are mostly in Danish.

Why did you decide to join the author team?
The project sounded interesting to me and I felt like I could contribute with my own style of writing. Climate change and the well-being of the inhabitants of this planet has always been important to me. Especially when it comes to the innocent beings – such and animals and children.

Where do you get inspiration?
I get my inspiration from life. And for this short story I did a whole lot of research to find out what the prognoses is for the planet. And man was that difficult. Scientists say many different things, so I chose a subject and started to look into what would happen if either Antarctica or Arctica would melt. Then on to if aero planes could work if they had solar panels. I learned a lot from the project.

What are you writing at the moment?
I really want to finish translating my short story to Danish and continue working on it. Maybe make a book of short stories with the different characters from the original or just continue were I left it. I don’t really know yet.

Why should we read it?
You should read my story if you care for the Arctic and Antarctic wildlife. And if you like a strong female lead. My story will most likely attract a younger female audience, but I would say almost anyone could read it. Another reason why to read it is if you are interested in reading a well-researched short story that gives an alternative to what we could do and what we need to be aware off. You should read the entire book because it’s filled with exciting stories about how 9 strangers think the world could end up looking like in 30 years.

Nominated for Best Climate Solutions

2047 Short Stories Posted on 24 Sep, 2018 09:19

We are proud that our anthology 2047 Short Stories from Our Common Future has been nominated for Best Climate Solutions in the category Education and Media.

The idea was to communicate this very difficult topic in a different way, by creating personal stories about what people in the future might experience and think about when the world gets warmer, when species become extinct, when land becomes impossible to cultivate, or when the water level rises (just to mention a few topics covered by the authors).

From 24 September until 15 October you can vote for us on the Best Climate Solutions website.

We hope you decide to use your vote on us!

Interview with John Frochio

2047 Short Stories Posted on 20 Aug, 2018 12:46

What do you write?

I write speculative fiction of all types, preferably science fiction and fantasy. I’ve been an avid reader and writer of these genres since I was very young. I have also co-authored a general fiction novel published in 2007. The collaboration was an interesting experience, and I wouldn’t mind attempting it again someday. I prefer to write short stories over novels. I’ve been published in a variety of places: online and electronic magazines and anthologies, a few print anthologies. I haven’t broken into the major markets yet, but that’s a goal I’m aiming for. Also I would like to tackle a novel again someday.

Why did you decide to join the author team for the anthology 2047 Short stories from our common future?

An open invitation on a science fiction & fantasy forum intrigued me. I’ve always been very conscious and concerned about our environment, especially in regards to pollution in all forms. In fact, my very first published story in a college literary journal (a long time ago) was about the effects of pollution in the future. I have always been involved in recycling efforts. The idea for my story in the anthology about plastic pollution, “Driftplastic”, was one I had back in 2008, but I hadn’t fully developed the plot at that time. This invitation inspired me to finish that story. It is an honor to be included among the excellent authors represented in this anthology.

Where do you get inspiration?

That’s a common question writers hear a lot. The truth is I can get my inspiration from pretty much anything: something I’ve read, an overheard conversation, a stray thought, an event, an object, or a combination of things. Particularly topics that are important to me, such as the environment, injustice, prejudice, and my Christian faith, are often a source of inspiration for me.

What are you writing at the moment?

I always have multiple ideas for short stories at very stages of completion, some geared to specific writing contests or calls for submissions. For example, I’m currently working on stories with the following themes: music, flawed reflections, future generations, climate change, and the state of Christianity in the far future. For some reason, I’m happiest when I have several stories in process at the same time. Maybe I’m a little crazy.

Why should we read it?

Because, hopefully, you like to read what I like to write. I tend to write speculative stories with classic themes and a twist that might interest a broad base of readers. Sometimes my stories are serious, and sometimes not so serious. However, I generally try to instill hopeful messages in my writings.

Interview with Alison Halderman

2047 Short Stories Posted on 03 Aug, 2018 09:48

What do you write?

Not enough (always afraid I’ll lose track of time and be late to work!). Over time, a wide variety, including children’s multilingual lit (CloudPillow Books), recently articles, and have a drawer full of attempted short stories that really are novels in progress.

Why did you decide to join the author team for the anthology 2047 Short stories from our common future?

I am the founder of Writers for a Sustainable Future, a group currently on Facebook only but with an international membership. A long time lover of writing & sustainability, I believe that stories can lead us into a sustainable future. I created “The Eco Fiction Challenge”, a template for local short story contests, to encourage others to imagine what the world could be like, and to showcase solutions as well as realistic dangers and coping strategies. The smaller the group, the more the solutions shown are within our power to create. Naturally, I could not enter my own work in my local contest, since I was running it!

Where do you get inspiration?

Everywhere. I like people and respond to perceived need. “Oakridge Train” was inspired by breakfast in a small town cafe soon after Trump was elected to our presidency. A table full of men were celebrating the victory of a candidate who ran on a campaign of exclusion and negativity towards a wide range of people. But I also saw some of the best of small town life, kindness and relationships with fellow citizens, and I was inspired to try to write across this divide from my more inclusive, ecological and wide world views. I was delighted when a boosted post about the anthology and a local story, to Oregon FB members, was liked and commented on by a lot of small town, fairly conservative and working class people 🙂

What are you writing at the moment?

Two articles, “Why climate scientists and activists should try writing fiction” and “Does it take courage to write ecofiction?” (working titles). When I get more time, I have outlines for more stories related to the story in the anthology, with other characters from the family reunion in “Oakridge Train”…also a romance novel set in a sustainable Eugene.

Why should we read it?

For hope, for tips on possible actions or changes, for hopefully enjoyment and a break from day to day tasks!

(Alison Halderman is in the process of creating websites for herself and her projects, some of which can be found on Climate CoLab or Changemakers. Meanwhile, she posts useful public posts on her Facebook account, groups and pages, for people interested in transitioning away from our oil based technologies.)

Interview with Isaac Yuen

2047 Short Stories Posted on 22 May, 2018 12:41

What do you write?

I dabble in fiction, creative non-fiction, and journalism: essays, meditations, short stories. I try to choose the right form to tell the story that needs telling. Most of my stuff tend to be short; whole memoirs or novels are too daunting to wrap my head around!

Why did you decide to join author team for the anthology 2047: Short Stories From Our Common Future?

I learned about the Brundtland Report, aka Our Common Future, while doing my degree in environmental science; sustainable development that can meet “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs” was a formative idea for me. While we have fallen short in the many goals set out in the report over the past three decades, I thought it an intriguing premise to set a short story collection around projecting ahead the same amount of time.

Another aspect that appealed to me about the collection was that Tanja solicited contributors from all around the world. I thought that spirit of multilateralism nicely mirrored that of the report.

Where do you get inspiration?

Climate fiction tends to be pretty heavy, so one of my intentions going in was to pen something with an element of humour. “NuVenture™ TEMPO-L QuickStart Guide” started from a prompt given by a friend I attended an environmental writers workshop with back in 2015. The prompt was “shark forest”, which got me thinking about time travel back to the distant past when lands were covered with water. That naturally linked up with climate change effects and then the story germinated from there.

The piece was inspired by a bunch of stuff I was exposed to at the time – the mammoths at the end of Italo Calvino’s “Daughters of the Moon”; the scorching world of Philip K Dick’s “The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch”; IKEA instruction manual illustrations; an indie videogame titled “Affordable Space Adventures”; corporate PR speak from family companies. I wanted to write something satirical that was innocuous on the surface but carried a sinister undercurrent – hence the temporal slavery and exploitation at the end, conveyed in fine print.

What are you writing at the moment?

I have a few projects on-the-go: A personal essay on navigating the shifting geography of an invented land; a love letter from an island to a man; a story about going a date with a neutrino; an outline exploring themes of identity and salvation within the post-apocalyptic world of Blade Runner 2049. Some things are further along than others, and some things will end up in the rubbish bin, but that’s how writing goes.

Why should we read it?

These days I don’t like trying to convince or persuade people to do things. I can only speak for myself and extend an invitation to do the same if you feel the same way. I read stories for the sounds and rhythms of language, for the satisfaction of hearing a well-made tale, and for discovering ideas that may help me understand and connect a bit better with others who live in this world. I’ll quote the late and great Ursula K. Le Guin so she can have the last word:

“In reading a novel, any novel, we have to know perfectly well that the whole thing is nonsense, and then, while reading, believe every word of it. Finally, when we’re done with it, we may find – if it’s a good novel – that we’re a bit different from what we were before we read it, that we have been changed a little, as if by having met a new face, crossed a street we never crossed before. But it’s very hard to say just what we learned, how we were changed.”

Read Isaac’s short story here

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