Dramatizing the Future

November 7th, 2018

How can speculative fiction offer imaginary, narrative, and aesthetic approaches to the Anthropocene? A reflection on this issue

 

The pratice of forecasting has pervaded human society for decades. From weather predictions to disaster management, it constitutes a fundamental pillar of our common approaches to and understandings of near and distant futures. But what role does speculative fiction play in this regard? And how do narrative imaginations of the future relate to contemporary environmental concerns? In this essay, scholar and climate-fiction writer Briohny Dolye offers her perspective on these questions.