“And Lately, The Sun” by Calyx Press

And Lately, The Sun: Speculative fictions for a climate-thrashed world

Calyx Press
Calyx Create Group (2020)
Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (1/2021)

“And Lately, The Sun: Speculative fictions for a climate-thrashed world” is an anthology of short stories that will not only change the way you think about our climate but will entertain and move you in the process. There are 20 stories in this collection written by a number of fledgling and award-winning authors; some edgy, some practical, some emotional. But all engaging and thought-provoking.

Some of the themes revolve around futures that could actually work, by using every resource that is available in the world, from social power, to technology, to natural supply. Readers will find some stories comforting, while others are concerning. And this is the point. To offer varied scenarios of possibility. These stories take you on an inspiring trip around the world: To India, Milano, East of Australia, and other locations, where each has its own unique ecological program or plan underway. Barriers to progress are explored as well–red tape, policy, and practices, but not portrayed in a stuffy way, rather in a dramatic, sci-fi, fantasy kind of way. Some stories feel more grounded in science, while others are more whimsical. But all have something of extreme value to consider and treasure, thanks to the many different styles of the authors.

Giving voice to climate in a fictional way is an inspired notion and can reach reading audiences who may never care to absorb a scientifically researched journal article or watch a documentary on the subject. Some are just drawn more to fiction and drama than non-fiction and facts/figures. The stories as a whole are heartfelt, serious, and have something important to say, in a non-threatening way that almost romanticizes the subject. These stories offer a vision of a functioning future in the face of climate, and the ways that can be achieved. The eclectic views offer diverse thought–not every theme is the same, but all work as a whole–like the mountains, oceans, deserts, prairies, jungles, volcanoes, and icebergs make up the one planet we call home–and that is refreshing.

Reading these stories is like diving into a microscope to discover hidden lives invisible to the naked eye. You’ll be informed, entertained, amused, and motivated. “Light From The Darkness” written by Derek Des Anges, is a prime example of the scientific yet entertaining stories you’ll encounter. The premise is believable and the dialogue is natural. If you like deep stories that resonate with your ideals, or challenge preconceived notions, you will love “And Lately, The Sun: Speculative fictions for a climate-thrashed world.”

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