Natalia Sanchez-Querubin, Liliana Bounegru, Maya Livio, Allison Guy, Bernhard Rieder, Emile den Tex, Federica Bardelli and Tommaso Renzini. 2014. “Mapping Climate Fiction (Cli-Fi) Scenarios: Book Covers With Landscapes, Issues, And Personal Narratives.” In Climaps by EMAPS (Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science).
Climaps, part of the EU-funded research project Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science (EMAPS), is an online atlas informed by digital methods research that proposes a set of tentative maps and stories on climate adaptation.
This map looks to science/speculative fiction about climate change (cli-fi) in order to understand how climate change survival and adaptation are imagined. A list of 27 cli-fi books was analyzed using digtal methods, and a series of elements were extracted including the actors and relations, atmospheric factors, and settings. These were then transformd into visual elements which were combined to design new book covers, revealing the speculative scenarios depicted within. The map includes a legend for the graphic elements used. A histogram shows the frequency with which each of the elements are present in the collection of books.
RESEARCH THEMES: ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES, DESIGN METHODS, DIGITAL METHODS, SPECULATIVE FUTURES