Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Cli-Fi Gets Honorable Word of the Year Mention

When I first heard the word cli-fi, climate change was not what I thought of. Even so, Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary has announced cli-fi -- which is “the genre of speculative fiction based on the premise that climate change will give rise to fundamental changes in the way human beings live” -- was given an honorable word of the year mention. The big winner for 2013 was infovore: 
The Committee thought that the coinage infovore was a response to the perception that we now had access to information all the time. The smart phone made it possible to find out immediately what we wanted to know. For some people knowing that whatever questions life threw at us the answer was a click or two away was a liberating experience.  Indeed they were in danger of becoming addicted to this rush of instant information.  This was a word that reflected a significant change in how we conducted our lives.  It was also a neat coinage.
Here are the word of the year finalists in each category:
• Agriculture - dining boom
• Arts - fanfic
• Business - showrooming
• Colloquial - facepalm
• Communications - churnalism
• Eating and Drinking - coffee cupping
• Environment - firescape
• Fashion - onesie
• General Interest - watch and act
• Health - enabler
• Internet - Streisand effect
• Politics - marriage equality
• Social Interest - generation debt
• Sport - barefoot running
• Technology - dumb phone


Blogger DANIELBLOOM said...

Linda L. Richards and

David Middleton and

J. Kingston Pierce

I am Dan Bloom, the bloke who coined the term CLI FI see wiki page and
google it for more info and i was so happy today to see your blog post
on CLI FI. GREAT! I am up in Taiwan where i work as global climate
activist and PR consultant. From USA BOSTON born in 1949. I have some
more news tip for your blog if you can use

PURSE OF US$1 million to be awarded in 2020 and getting underway now.
want to report preliminary news? it is for a CLIMATE THEME NOVEL by an
Australian novelist or any other nation writer in any language but
English is best for now, about climate change and global warming with
the power of ON THE BEACH from 1957. ASK ME MORE , this is big news
and i am already getting inquiries about this from Australia novelists
in Melbohourne and Sydney. I can send you press release and you can
report whatever you want any way you want and ask me any questions

2. I have more info about the real background of the CLI FI literary
genre term, with over 20 links from USA and is still an
unkown term in Australia but i was glad to see Mac Dictionary do it.
WOw. i had no idea they chose this. even as HonMentiopn

3. for CRIME editor, i am a newspaper reporter, and i have a giood
story for you,f ree of charge about crime writer Lawrence Block, i
rencetlyu interviewed him he is in taiwan now a book fair. wants free
story or you can blog using my link? DANNY

dan bloom

CLI FI CENTRAL: 'Cli-fi' - a new literary genre

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:58:00 PM PST  

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