Liquid Assets: Wealthy Water Wasters Flout Drought

Severe drought in the northern hemisphere is exposing a lot of things: corpses, dinosaur tracks, “hunger stones” inscribed with famine warnings, WWII submarines…and the socioeconomic disparity of water use as wealthy individuals and interests flout resource restrictions. French authorities exempted golf courses from national water bans, allowing them to irrigate the greens. Officials from the French … More Liquid Assets: Wealthy Water Wasters Flout Drought

From “Drought Town” to “Blue Karma”: 25 Years of Cli-Fi

Last month, book blogger Alex at ScribblesAndStories posted a delightful retrospective of her childhood writing projects. Her unflinching but affectionate review hits all the classic points in a writer’s early evolution, from those first forays into fiction starring ourselves and our friends, to the imitative works inspired by a favorite story, to the more deliberate … More From “Drought Town” to “Blue Karma”: 25 Years of Cli-Fi

The Real-Life Nilak? Company Proposes Shipping Water to Drought Zone

Back in February I wrote a post about the Cassandra curse of sci-fi writers: when a concept you’ve imagined is unexpectedly mirrored in reality. This weekend brought perhaps the most uncanny such moment I’ve ever experienced. According to USAToday, a private company plans to ship fresh water from Alaska to California, just like the fictional Nilak company in my … More The Real-Life Nilak? Company Proposes Shipping Water to Drought Zone

Ink-Stained Cassandras: When News Steals Your Sci-Fi

New climate analysis, published today in the inaugural issue of Science Advances, indicates the drying of the US will be much more extreme than expected, bringing the worst droughts in a millennium. And our current water strategies may not be sufficient to manage the change. Severe drought a thousand years ago is probably what drove ancient Americans to abandon … More Ink-Stained Cassandras: When News Steals Your Sci-Fi