I’m excited to announce that Looseleaf Publishing’s first excursion into non-magazine publishing is in press and will be released on September 10, 2022.
The amply titled The Flesh of Your Future Sticks Between My Teeth: Stories from the Gristle Cli-fi Parody Contest is a compilation of the winning stories from John Michael Greer’s Gristle writing contest.
The Gristle contest began last year, when Grist magazine — a glitzy, pseudoenvironmental outfit that hawks climate nonsolutions tuned to carefully shield the psyches of the affluent who do most of the world’s polluting — opened a contest for climate-fiction stories. The stories would be set in future “intersectional worlds” in which doing non-climate-related things like using pronouns differently somehow makes up the world’s energy shortfalls and dials back the climate change thermostat.
Greer, getting wind of this — see his excellent Ecosophia post about the contest’s inherent self-contradiction — proposed a counter-contest, with the explicit goal of making fun of Grist’s silly futures.
The stories that resulted, collected here, are a hilarious and cutting mix of cli-fi and satire. If you’re interested in having some fun at the richly deserved expense of empty-calorie magazines like Grist, you’ll want to check this out.