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Distinguishing Genres About Climate and Ecological Changes

Ever since starting this website in the summer of 2013, I’ve tried to be inclusive with fiction genres that describe the ecological facets of our world and have held the viewpoint that not one genre is more important than another, regardless of media attention and trends. Not one genre always […]

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Author Quotes

A sample of author quotes in Dragonfly.eco’s interviews going back to 2013: I grew up in a family that spent a lot of time out on the lands and waters, so being on the boat or in the forest felt like a second home to me. The result was that […]

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Book Recommendations

Because I’ve written (or have found) quite a few lists of ecologically oriented fiction, I thought I’d finally compile them for readers wanting to know about some of the best eco-fiction stories. There’s always the big database, too, where you can search by author, title, audience, genre, and more. My […]

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Eco-Games

Thanks to so many wonderful game suggestions (primarily video games, but not all) from the Rewilding Our Stories community, we have a new eco-gaming section here at Dragonfly. While some games lean toward environmental lessons and strategize ways to reconstruct ecological systems, others beautifully immerse the player into an explorative […]

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Help Support Dragonfly.eco!

This site has always been ad-free, free to read, and freely supports authors and their books via interviews and promotions. I do this because I enjoy the field of eco-literature and want to share it near and far. I have never had a grant, patreon, or kickstarter. This site is […]

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The Beautiful and Dangerous Ecology in A Song of Ice and Fire

Click here to return to the series This article contains a few spoilers. To follow along, it’s helpful for the reader to be familiar with author George RR Martin’s series and the screen adaption Game of Thrones—this article is based off the novels, particularly Book 1. Update: I first published […]

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Our 8th Birthday

Thanks for celebrating eight years with Dragonfly.eco. To celebrate, I had originally planned to post the next Around the World in 80 Books article at Medium; you can see my first couple articles here. I’m still writing the next article, so it should be here soon, but something else is […]

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Backyard Wildlife – Deep Summer

Back to Series In the last month or so, we’ve had a range of crazy weather. First, a couple heat waves blanketed us, but nothing like last year and nothing like out West in the past several weeks. Our relatives and friends in BC, where we lived for eight years, […]

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Get to Know Three Eco-Streamers

Earlier this year, I chatted with Forrest Brown on Zoom. He had created the podcast series Stories for Earth, and I’d met him at Rewilding Our Stories, a Discord community founded by the YouTube creator of Ecofictology—Lovis Geier—and myself a few months prior. Both Lovis and Forrest are amazing broadcasters […]

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Earth Day: What We’re Reading

Late last year, Ecofictology’s Lovis Geier and I decided to start a Discord community titled Rewilding Our Stories. We wanted a discussion community to serve academics, journalists, scientists, publishers, authors, artists, musicians, game designers, readers, and others interested in the “mama genre” of eco-fiction. This category of literature covers stories […]

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Eco-fiction Books Coming in 2021

I learned a basic model in an anthropology class long ago, that a cultural pyramid’s base was the environment and all else drew from that, including technology, economy, polity, and ideology. As the planet continues to face multiple ecological crises, not the least of which is climate change, authors around […]

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The Winds of Change: Children’s Environmental Climate Fiction

Author: © Claire Datnow Type: Essay Back to the Dragonfly Library The Winds of Change: Children’s Environmental Climate Fiction The gale force winds of climate change are calling. They’re calling to scientists, writers, and artists to weave stories that will inspire the children of tomorrow to dream up a brighter […]

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Ardenweald, Gaming with Attention to Myth and Forest

Today’s insight is a departure from my usual focus on written eco-fiction as I enter into the gaming world, specifically that of World of Warcraft’s (WoW’s) Shadowlands and one of its zones, Ardenweald. Shadowlands is the newest expansion of what some of us classic folks refer to, sometimes derogatorily, as […]

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Impacts of Environmental Fiction – Survey Results

Today, this site celebrates its 7th anniversary! I figured I’d give back to readers something I’ve been working on. But if not for you, these survey results wouldn’t be possible, so thank you! Last autumn I had a chance to speak at Ecocity Vancouver about healthy socio-cultural subjects regarding climate […]

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