Mary Woodbury created Eco-Fiction (originally concentrating on climate change novels only) on August 15, 2013. Having published a novel about climate change, Back to the Garden, and after researching similar novels, Mary found that no other place on the web archived these novels, so she began doing so with the help of her husband, Morgan. In the summer of 2014, Mary expanded to include a larger category of environmental literature. To date this site is the first and largest library on the web that explores novels about climate change and related environmental issues. A more personal blog is at Running in the Anthropocene.
Mary earned BAs in both English literature and cultural anthropology from Purdue University. She has worked and volunteered at river and stream stewardship programs since 2008. If that means getting into a muddy creek with hip-waders in order to clear a wild salmon blockage, she’ll do it. Mary likes to trail run and hike the beautiful trails around her home in British Columbia. She is currently working on two novels.
This site is a completely voluntarily outreach project in conjunction with Mary’s Moon Willow Press, an independent small press whose mission is to help sustain forests while celebrating the written word. MWP has planted over 1,300 non-invasive trees in ecologically and economically rough areas since 2011. The press prints only on recycled, hemp, and forest-certified fiber.
Guest Authors and Contributors
Eco-fiction has become a collaborative project. Thanks so very much to the following folks for either contacting me about their studies and novels or providing their time for interviews:
- Gregers Anderson, Academics: Cli-Fi: A Short Essay on its Worlds and its Importance
- Brian Adams, author of Love in the Time of Climate Change
- Claudie Arseneault, editor of Wings of Renewal: A Solarpunk Anthology
- Austin Aslan, author of Islands at the End of the World
- John Atcheson, author of A Being Darkly Wise
- Virginia Arthur, field biologist, teacher, and author of Birdbrain
- Richard L. Bailey, author of Stormy
- Don Bredes, author of Polly and the One and Only World
- Don Buchanan, Virgin Islands Energy Office Media Information Specialist
- Claudia Casper, author of The Mercy Journals
- Lorna Crozier, author of The Wild in You
- Cece Chapman, artist for Reader Quotes
- Jamie Wriston Colbert, author of Wild Things
- Liz Cunningham, author of Ocean Country
- Charlene D’Avanzo, author of Cold Blood, Hot Sea
- Lisa Devaney, author of In Ark: A Promise of Survival
- Cory Doctorow, author of Walkaway
- Omar El Akkad, author of American War
- Adam Flynn, on the new solarpunk genre
- Jim Gilbert, author of The Admiral
- Peter Gould, author of Marly
- Jessica Groenendijk, biologist, conservationist, and author
- Jennifer Harrington, publisher, graphic designer, and author of Spirit Bear
- Sarah Holding, author of the SeaBEAN Trilogy
- Clara Hume, author of Back to the Garden
- M Jackson, author of While Glaciers Slept
- Sean Jackson, author of Haw
- Emmi Itäranta, author of Memory of Water
- L.A. Larkin, author of Thirst
- Stephan Malone, guest author in Writing Tips
- Leslie Mandel-Herzog, widow of sci-fi author Arthur Herzog
- Samuel Marquis, Joe Higheagle series
- Steve Masover, author of Consequence
- Rachel Meehan, author of Water’s Edge
- Johanna Melchiore, living off grid
- Ron Melchiore, author of Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness
- Kris Matthews, photographer and hiker
- JL Morin, author of Nature’s Confession
- Nina Munteanu, writer at Amazing Stories Magazine
- Morgan Nyberg, author of the books in The Raincoast Trilogy
- Ashley O’Hara Skalsky, hiking blogger and photographer
- Annis Pratt, author of the Infinite Games series
- Midge Raymond, author of My Last Continent and cofounder of Ashland Creek Press
- Jane Rawson, author of A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists
- Gary Robson, author of Who Pooped in the Park series
- Peter Romilly, author of Cli-Fidelity and 500 Parts per Million
- Bud Santora, author of The Green Storm
- Stephen Siperstein, Academics: Climate Change Fiction: Radical Hope From an Emerging Genre
- H.A. Swain, author of Hungry
- Jeff VanderMeer, author of Southern Reach trilogy and others
- Katie Welch, tree-planter and author of The Bears
- Tony White, author of Shackleton’s Man Goes South (in-residence writer for London’s Museum of Science)
- Morgan Woodbury, IT guy
- John Yunker, author of The Tourist Trail and cofounder of Ashland Creek Press
- Gregory Zeigler, author of The Straw that Broke
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Memberships: Mary Woodbury is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment and International League of Nature Writers.
Media: Because this is project is a hobby, we are often surprised to get press. You can find more about eco-fiction.com or the novel Back to the Garden at Wired, various articles at the Free Word Centre, The Guardian, GOOD Magazine, Dissent Magazine, Amazing Stories, SFF World: Climate Fiction Panel, SFF World: Solarpunk Panel, Winnipeg Free Press, VOYA Magazine, Sustainable Business, EcoLit Books, Writing Forums, and more.
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Features: You might have noticed a slide show at Eco-Fiction. These books are rotated monthly and are chosen on the merits of good reviews and/or ratings, with an attempt to show a diverse sample.