Weathering the Change: CliFi Settles in for the Duration

Rebecca Hill

When Dan Bloom popularized the word “CliFi,” he thought that it was a great way to categorize the multiple offerings of fiction that dealt with climate change and to bring attention to the fact that our world climate is constantly shifting. He did it mostly because, he says, it was an easy way to alert novelists and short story writers that they could focus on climate issues the same way that SciFi made it more palpable to write about science. He also believed that the term made it easier for readers, buyers, and publishers to find novels on these topics. It could, Bloom said, include novels and short stories being written from a variety of points of view, pro or con, and even those of skeptics and denialists. Though writers and readers throughout the blogosphere and Internet caught on to the term, most major media outlets didn’t really notice.

Click on the following link to download the PDF to read the full article from February VOYA. CliFi

Hill headshot, used with permission


Rebecca A. Hill is a librarian and freelance writer. She writes on library, literacy, and other education issues and has been published in the American Library Association’s Book Links, Middle Ground magazine, School Family Media, and other publications. 



  1. Dan Bloom says:

    Cli-fi, a genre of science fiction based on the premise that climate change fundamentally changes the way human beings live, was also runner-up.

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  2. Mary W. says:


    What a great article. I am enthusiastic about this genre in the same way that I find reflective literature of all times a great thrill to read. Thanks for putting this together.

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