For the October World Eco-fiction spotlight, I interviewed Premee Mohamed about her newest novel, The Annual Migration of Clouds. Waubgeshig Rice, another favorite Canadian author (Moon of the Crusted Snow), said of Clouds: “A riveting look at a dire future. The climate crisis is real, and The Annual Migration of Clouds is a must-read fiction.”
Dragonfly has a new section covering video and other games that explore environmental themes and nature. Check it out here.
In the Rewilding Our Stories Discord, our membership has grown to over 150, and we’ve just finished voting on our next book club read. The winner is Matt Bell’s Appleseed. To join, see https://discord.com/invite/txgJNVg. We also just started a solarpunk channel!
I recently received a gift card from my sister, so used it to buy two books. One is Fungi, an anthology, edited by Orrin Grey and Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I highly recommend this book! Inside are authors Jeff VanderMeer, Laird Barron, Nick Mamatas, W.H. Pugmire, Lavie Tidhar, Ann K.Schwader, Jesse Bullington, Molly Tanzer and Simon Strantzas. The other book is Weird Women, weird stories showcasing the forgotten female horror writers from 1852-1923. I haven’t gotten to that book yet, so stay tuned.
I’ve just hinted about my newest book, a children’s illustrated alphabet book out on November 26; it’s inspired by a new baby in our family! The Adventures of Finn Wilder is a new series focused on outdoor adventures, bringing the beauty and importance of nature into children’s lives while also educating and inspiring them. The first book, Finn’s Tree Alphabet, goes A-Z with different trees from all over the world. Descriptions elicit wonder as well as laughter. Let me know if you need a review copy.
We don’t have a new indie corner spotlight out this month, as this series depends on new authors contacting me about their books–so, yeah, do that! Your book should have some notability and be published by an independent press. It’s all free promotion.
A new Backyard Wildlife series is available to read. Read more about coyotes, corn, and turning leaves–and my favorite season, autumn.
Check our Climate and Ecological Films section for some new movies/docs out this late summer and fall: The remake of Dune of course(!), plus Fever Dream (the novel by Samanta Schweblin was excellent!), Recently announced is that Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Dispossessed is being adapted to film. Also, Fantastic Fungi is out on Netflix, and I found the whole livelihood of fungi amazing…the second half of the film seemed to want to sell to the audience the absolutely life-changing power of psilocybins, not so much. Everyone has their thing and that’s fine, but I found some of the concepts reminiscent of something a cult leader would say.
I’ve added a Support Us link to Dragonfly. I do not ask for donations and will never put content behind a paywall or install ads or annoying pop-ups. But ever since our move to Nova Scotia, I’ve expanded my Dragonfly Pub business to include book review and editorial services. So check it out!
In Other News
Wow, this talk with Nnedi Okorafor and one of Matt Bell’s creative writing classes at ASU is enlightening. Learn more about Nnedi’s successful stories, including her novel Lagoon. She talks about world-building in science fiction, Africanfuturism, the ocean environment, and so much more.
Want to join a solarpunk writer’s workshop? The Kingston Frontenac Public Library is offering such a workshop on Zoom with local author Jerri Jerreat. “This writing workshop will focus on creating a convincing future in solarpunk, a type of eco-fiction set in a future where we’ve somehow managed to deal with today’s global environmental crisis.”
Solarpunk Magazine is a new mag envisioning a new world, with a successful kickstarter out now. They are accepting submissions for their first issue between November 1-14. “Solarpunk Magazine is publishing utopian science fiction, working against dystopia, so more power to them. Kick ass and use hope like a club to beat back the pessimists.” -Kim Stanley Robinson. An interview with KSR will be in their first issue as well.
A global planetary danger, an attack on the environment that seems inexorable, with the only hope placed in a mission to heaven. These are the assumptions of The Prism, the first complete graphic novel for Matteo De Longis, an ecofiction that recalls concepts and situations of the most classic science fiction. See Fumetto Logica (Italian) for more.
Both Grist and Outside Magazine have been focused lately on climate change and ecologically based fiction. Check them out!
According to the Manila Times, Penguin is publishing an eco-fiction anthology titled Revenge of Gaia.
Ursula K. LeGuin’s novel The Dispossessed is being adapted by film! See Tor.com for more information.
Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream has been adapted to film and came out on Netflix on October 13. See the trailer. I rate this movie a 5/5. It’s incredibly well adapted and captures the mood and mystery of the novel.
Pedro Neves Marques at E-flux Journal speaks to Anishinaabe cultural critic Grace Dillon, who talks about key concepts within Indigenous-led science fiction and offers a genealogy of the term “Indigenous Futurisms.”