About the anthology
Changing the world through entertaining stories
drawing attention to climate change and global warming
Extinction Notice: Tales of a Warming Earth is a cli-fi (climate fiction) anthology of forty-one stories and poems, written by a diverse group of thirty-three authors from around the world. The authors of Extinction Notice hail from nine different nations (the United States, Canada, Scotland, Belgium, Germany, Poland, England, Australia, and India) residing on four continents (North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia).
Extinction Notice is edited by award-winning author David Harten Watson, published March 24, 2022 by Silver Sword Press®. Profits from sales of the anthology will be donated to environmental charities including The Climate Reality Project, Environmental Defense Fund, and The Sierra Club.
About the title: Originally, this cli-fi anthology was going to be titled Terraforming Earth for Aliens, which was the name of one of the stories in the anthology. The title was changed to Extinction Notice, the title of the first story in the anthology. Not only is this title shorter (and thus easier to fit on a book cover), but also because it fits the cover photo for the anthology, “emaciated polar bear, Svalbard (2015)” by internationally renowned nature photographer Kerstin Langenberger of Germany, whose second home is Iceland (used with permission).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is cli-fi?
Cli-fi stands for climate fiction, which is usually (but not always) science fiction.
Cli-fi stories can take place in the present day, near future, distant future, or even the distant past. Although most of the cli-fi stories in Extinction Notice: Tales of a Warming Earth are science fiction stories, some are in other genres, including horror, humor, political satire, romance, young adult, middle grade, poetry, and combinations of those genres.
Why is an anthology of climate change fiction needed?
Climate change, also known as anthropogenic global warming (AGW), is the greatest challenge facing our generation and all future generations, as it threatens the survival of humanity and millions of other species on Earth. One need only listen to the words of the last President of the United States:
“No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change… Fourteen of the fifteen warmest years on record have all fallen in the first fifteen years of this century.”
-President Obama, State of the Union speech, January 20, 2015
In December 2015, a total of 195 nations signed on to the Paris Agreement on climate change, but in June 2017, one rogue nation withdrew from the treaty. Unfortunately, that rogue nation is the world’s second-biggest polluter, the United States of America, led by climate-science denier Donald Trump, who has called global warming a Chinese hoax:
“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
-Donald J. Trump, climate-science-denier-in-chief, in a tweet (of course), November 6, 2012
This is only one of many times Trump has called AGW (climate change) a hoax. See this link: Yes, Donald Trump did call climate change a Chinese hoax.
Why is now the right time for an anthology of climate change fiction?
With the climate-denying former US President soundly defeated in the 2020 election, now there is hope for the United States to rejoin the international community in tackling the issue of climate change. I’m hoping that publication of this anthology will not only entertain readers with wonderful, exciting, moving, thrilling stories, but will also help educate them about the urgent issue of global warming, or climate change.
From 2016 until 2021, Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement had turned America into the a rogue nation that put the entire world at risk of sea level rise, drought, floods, hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, extreme heat, and ultimately extinction. Without the United States (the world’s second-biggest polluter) taking prompt action to avert catastrophic climate change, Earth’s climate may be doomed, and humanity along with it. Now that the climate-denier-in-chief is out of office, there is finally hope for America to rejoin the world community in fighting climate change.