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7 Cli-Fi Books to Celebrate Earth Day and Every Day

April 22nd is Earth Day, and while you’re all busy reducing, reusing, and recycling, we’ve made a list of cli-fi books for you to read and share. Cli-Fi has become a new genre of fiction, focusing on the most drastic effects of climate change that we face by taking no actions to stop it. They’re eerie, they’re surprisingly accurate, and they’re a lot of fun.

 

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

 

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The many 80’s references and killer virtual reality video game detract from the fact that Ready Player One paints a disturbing picture of the future. The plot develops due to the fact that the environment has literally deteriorated. The book takes place in the year 2045, which is really not too far into the future. We’ve even recently been warned that we can start to see similar effects by the time we do get to the 2040’s. The earth is destitute, and people are living in stacks of trailers. Because there is little to no agriculture due to climate change, there is little to no income. Kids are using computers to attend school in a virtual reality setting, and virtual currencies are worth significantly more than national currencies. The book highlights just how much of a threat is posed if we allow the environment to crumble like we currently are. The economy will crumble right behind it, leaving us to rely on a billionaire to develop a game like Oasis where we can win his entire estate. This is what gamers have been preparing for their whole lives, but it would just be easier if we planted some trees.

2. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

 

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I bet you had no idea that long before saving the bees and trees became a global concern, Dr. Seuss was warning the world about the threat dangerous progress posed to the earth’s natural beauty through The Lorax. We’ve destroyed whole forests to build cities, and allowed gas guzzling cars to take over as a main source of transportation because it was most convenient. We never even tried to understand what these things would do until it was too late. While the book is aimed towards children, adults still have a lot to learn from Dr. Seuss.

 

3. The MaddAddam Series by Margaret Atwood

 

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Margaret Atwood has been eerily accurate in her dystopian novels, and this is no exception. Atwood holds up a mirror to show us what we are facing by doing nothing about the pending dooms of climate change in these three books: Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam. After a man-made plague wipes out a good percentage of the world’s population, a bio-engineered species is created to replace humans. You were worried about robots taking your jobs, well this is even scarier. The books track several characters as they face rising sea levels and quite literally the end of the world as we know it. Should we be scared? Definitely, as it seems life does seem to be headed the way Atwood predicts in her other dystopias, and even after being warned we need to take action we remain unsurprisingly inactive.

4. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

 

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The Road takes a look at a father and son duo, who find themselves trekking across a burned up United States in search of the shore. Snow has turned grey, and the only movement is that of the ashes. A dried up and burned up earth may not seem so close to reality, but California has already experienced drought and wildfires that may make you think twice about that. Armed with only a pistol, the duo make their way across the country, with only love for the other to save themselves. Hope has gone out the window, there is a lingering fear of others who they may come across. The only food they have is what they brought with them. There is no livestock, no crops, not even a bush of berries to sustain them. In a world that has been destroyed by climate changes, it is clear there is nothing left but fear and hopelessness.

 

5. New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

 

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Taking place just over a century in the future, it is clear through New York 2140 that climate change is seriously in effect. The water has risen, submerging all of New York City. Every street has become a waterway, and every skyscraper an island. Though the story is told with a humorous tone, it is clear these are not funny circumstances. Subway gone, historic monuments gone, the New York Public Library gone. Robinson tells the story through the eyes of several characters all observing the new New York from a single building. Through Robinson’s craft, it is easy to see the undesirable changes New York undergoes and, therefore, we undergo.

 

6. The Rain Never Came by Lachlan Walter

 

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After a drought strikes Australia, citizens in The Rain Never Came are escorted away towards more livable environments. Some decide to remain behind, hiding in places no one would dare look. Bill Cook and Tobe Cousins are just two such people. The book clearly plays on very real fears that we face in conjunction with climate change. Like I said earlier, California is currently facing this issue. This is no longer some dystopian idea, it is real life for too many people. There is definitely a post-apocalyptic feel to this book, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this could soon be reality.

 

7. Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

 

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Gold Fame Citrus takes the story of Luz and Ray, survivors of a drought-struck California. People have been ushered to government camps on the east coast, while others have been stopped from crossing the California border. Those left are surviving on rations of water and anything else they can scavenge for. Destitute land turning citizens into thieves and vigilantes is nothing new in Cli-Fi, but what makes this original is the fact that this isn’t some far-fetched idea. Again, droughts in California are happening. While we haven’t yet started rationing anything or shipping people off to encampments, what is to say we won’t if things do get worse?

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Here Are the Book Adaptations We’re Most Excited for in 2018!

Everybody has their TBR lists set for the next several months. Maybe you have that book you’ve been meaning to read, and then a book your friend is dying for you to read. Maybe a couple of books are on that list that you’re not crazy about reading, but you feel you need to in order to be a functioning human being.

 

And then there are those books that are becoming movies or TV shows. You know the ones. These are the books you know everybody will be talking about in eight months, so it’s on your TBR list so you can show off to your friends. You will tell them, entering the theater, that you have already read the book. They, in turn, will think you read all of the books. Or maybe they will think you talk too much. In any case, here are the books coming to the big and small screen in 2018 that you need to mark on your calendar.

 

1. Every Day by David Levithan

 

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Levithan’s book follows a soul called “A” who wakes up in a different person’s body every day. When A falls in love with Rhiannon, a Twilight Zone-esque romance transpires. If you have as many questions as I do about the logistics, be sure to check out the film adaptation, which stars Angourie Rice.

 

Release date: February 23, 2018

 

2. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

 

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VanderMeer’s sci-fi novel follows a team of four female scientists who must explore the mysterious Area X. Though the twelve expeditions that preceded theirs ended in mysterious disasters, they hope for the best. The adaptation comes from Ex Machina director Alex Garland and stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson.

 

Release date: February 23, 2018

 

3. Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

 

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Matthews is a former CIA operative, and his book has been lauded as pretty accurate to how the CIA conducts surveillance. The movie brings Jennifer Lawrence back together with her Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence. She plays a spy. Pretty neat stuff.

 

Release date: March 2, 2018

 

4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

 

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Ava DuVernay has become the first woman of color to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million because of A Wrinkle in Time. That’s reason enough to see the movie. Assuming you haven’t read the book yet, though, L’Engle’s story is essentially a completely bonkers YA sci-fi romp that’s impossible to pin down. The movie looks as colorful and touching as the classic it’s based on.

 

Release date: March 16, 2018

 

5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

 

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Steven Spielberg + 80s nostalgia + full CGI environment = blockbuster of the year. Sorry, Avengers.

 

Release date: March 30, 2018

 

6. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

 

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Flynn is teaming up with the folks behind Big Little Lies to bring her detective story to life. As with the Gone Girl adaptation, Flynn is taking a hands-on approach to Sharp Objects, having worked on the screenplay. The miniseries will premiere on HBO. Also, it stars Amy Adams. Yes, you read that right.

 

Premiere date: Summer 2018

 

7. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

 

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Starring Fresh Off the Boat’s Constance Wu, this adaptation of Kwan’s book follows Rachel as she accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore for a wedding. Soon after, Rachel finds herself embroiled in the lives of the upper echelons of society, slowly uncovering her boyfriend’s surprisingly dark past.

 

Release date: August 17, 2018

 

8. The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

 

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This is interesting for a few reasons. First, it is a sequel to 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo despite none of the main cast returning (The Crown’s Claire Foy will be replacing Rooney Mara in the title role). Second, it is the first adaptation of Lagercrantz’s book. The Swedish Millennium adaptations were all adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s initial three books. With Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez helming the project, this is one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Cannot wait!

 

Release date: October 19, 2018

 

9. Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers

 

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A sequel (yes, seriously) to the 1964 classic, Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt as she revisits a now-adult Michael Banks from the first film. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep also star. Though everybody has every right to be skeptical, this movie may end up being a fair follow-up to the original. Emily Blunt, in any case, is pretty solid casting.

 

Release date: December 25, 2018

 

10. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

 

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In the vein of darkly funny Westerns like Charles Portis’ True Grit (i.e. the best book ever written), deWitt’s novel follows a pair of hitmen brothers ready to retire. Their last assignment has them following a mysterious chemist who’s onto something big during the Gold Rush. Surprises and unforgettable characters ensue. The movie will star John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix as the titular Sisters brothers. I cannot wait.

 

Release date: 2018

 

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New ‘Ready Player One’ Trailer Goes Deep Into Steven Spielberg’s Adaptation

A new trailer has dropped for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One adaptation, based on Ernest Cline’s novel based on a screenplay he co-wrote. It’s looking absolutely, 100% insane. It’s a CGI explodey fest with more pop culture references than The LEGO Movie and Comic Con combined. If you read Cline’s novel and this is what you imagined, then, golly me, I am profoundly jealous of your colorful imagination.

 

 

The trailer does a lot of legwork in setting up who the main character is, the world(s) he lives in, and how his journey will play out. OASIS looks beautiful, if a little dimly lit. If you’ve ever tried some of the new virtual reality technology out there, imagining a world like the one Cline invented is not that hard to do. When someone touches you in OASIS, you feel it. Can’t really blame the Ready Player One characters for choosing to live in OASIS all the time.

 

Although Spielberg essentially got the ball rolling on CGI blockbuster blowouts with Jurassic Park, he’s generally used it sparingly (besides The Adventures of Tintin, which, yes, is a Spielberg movie). It looks like he’s going hog wild with it in Ready Player One. It makes sense in context since OASIS is supposed to be a virtual world. It might be the one time in film history when using practical effects would actually take you out of the world.

 

Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T. J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance. It’s due out March 30, 2018.

 

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