California dystopia: climate change and fiction writers

California climate change seminar

In this USC Online seminar, climate change experts and fiction writers discuss a California that increasingly resembles the dystopia of Octavia E. Butler’s classic novel Parable of the Sower. They also question, how do social and environmental distress amplify each other? Do fictional depictions of California’s future inform, encourage or hinder efforts to build a better future beyond climate change? And can utopian visions still play a role?

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