Amazon launches climate change sci-fi series about ‘possible tomorrows’

Amazon launches climate change sci-fi series about ‘possible tomorrows’
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Amazon Original Stories, an Amazon Publishing imprint, this week launched a sci-fi series about "possible tomorrows" in a United States ravaged by climate change.

The series, called "Warmer," includes seven books that explore fictional stories about characters fighting to survive despite rising temperatures, floods, ice storms and rising sea levels.

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“'Warmer' is our first collection of topical fiction, an area where we plan to keep expanding next year with collections of socially-attuned suspense stories, tales of dating after #MeToo, and more," Original Stories’ editorial director Julia Sommerfeld said in an interview with Publishing Perspectives.

The series is launching only a few weeks after a United Nations report warned the world might be on a path toward catastrophic climate change if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t cut dramatically by 2030.

Each book in "Warmer" takes place in a U.S. state. 

"At The Bottom of New Lake" tells the story of a Cape Cod girl learning about the world before an enormous flood washed away its remnants, while "Boca Raton" explores a girl in Florida who discovers "heartbreaking evidence of an irreversibly changing earth," according to the book's summaries on Amazon

The Trump administration this month has continued to double down on climate change skepticism, questioning whether it is man-made and if climate scientists have a political agenda.

"I don’t think we should panic," White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said of the UN report. "I don’t think there’s an imminent disaster coming, but I think we should look at this in a level-headed and analytic way."

The report predicts that, without dramatic emissions cuts, the world faces significant sea-level rise, water shortages, coral reef die-offs and loss of habitat range for species by 2030.