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Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors
Grist’s solutions lab, Fix, just published its first collection of climate-fiction short stories.
When writers from different backgrounds envision the future, the tales they tell can expand our ability to imagine a better planet. That’s exactly what we hoped to accomplish with our short story contest. Fix invited people from all over the world to look beyond this moment in the climate crisis and share their dreams of the next 180 years of equitable climate progress. More than 1,100 people from 85 countries submitted stories that elevate diverse voices and bring new perspectives to the increasingly vital genre of climate fiction.
Whether built on abundance or adaptation, reform or a new understanding of survival, each story provides flickers of hope, even joy. As you travel through the collection, you’ll navigate a choice between leaving Earth or trying to rehabilitate it. You’ll experience the emotional clarity of being the last of your species. You’ll explore a drowned world, a spirit world, and a world built among the clouds. Read all the stories in Imagine 2200 — and please spread the word about the project to all your friends and fam.
We’ll also be celebrating Imagine 2200 at a special virtual event during Climate Week NYC. Tune into Grist’s social media channels on Monday, September 20, at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT for a dynamic panel with our judges — Adrienne Maree Brown, Morgan Jerkins, Kiese Laymon, and Sheree Renée Thomas. They’ll discuss their work on the contest, and what it means to decolonize and diversify climate storytelling.
This event is presented in partnership with Columbia Climate School's MA in Climate and Society, Orion Magazine and with support from NRDC.