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Storytelling and Climate Change

Saturday 2 April 2016

1 Hour


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Novelist Paolo Bacigalupi talks to academic Ed Finn about science fiction, imagination, climate change and the role of storytelling in inspiring change.

Bacigalupi is an accomplished short story writer, novelist, and essayist whose writing explores the intersection of emerging technology, political intrigue, and environmental change. In works such as The Windup Girl, his Ship Breaker series and his most recent book, The Water Knife, Bacigalupi has crafted evocative narratives of humanity coming to terms with the consequences of catastrophic environmental change.

Bacigalupi’s debut novel, The Windup Girl, won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards.  His debut young adult novel, Ship Breaker, was a Micheal L. Printz Award winner and a National Book Award finalist. Many of his short stories have been included in ‘best of’ anthologies. Bacigalupi’s latest novel, The Water Knife, is a near-future thriller focused on drought and climate change. Finn is co-editor of the award-winning anthology Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future and the director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University.

Programme of American literature and culture.