Silver Age Science Fiction Stories About Climate Change #SciFiSunday
Warnings about climate change occasioned by humans have been around for a very, very long time. And even before a consensus came together from reputable scientists, science fiction authors were ahead of the curve. Here’s a selection of climate change themes books written before 1980, via Tor.com:
In Ballard’s [The Drowned World, 1962], blame for global warming falls not on humans but on the Sun. Lashed by unprecedented solar storms, the Earth is transformed from a temperate world to a hot and wet one. Populations are forced to migrate poleward in search of tolerable conditions.
Despite the chaos of the era, scientific curiosity persists, along with surviving organizations that can mount expeditions to satisfy said curiosity. Thus, Colonel Riggs’ expedition to dampest London. The intention is to catalog the flora and fauna of the vast swamp now occupying the site of England’s former capital. This being a Ballard novel, the marvels discovered will be…unexpected.
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