Eco-fiction.com is a news and reference site for ecologically oriented stories wherein nature is a very strong presence. Because this site has expanded so much in the past few years, here is a tour guide to help you navigate your way around.

  • More about us. Find out more about the history of my work, which led to this site. Also see the fabulous list of contributors to the site.
  • The Book Database: Every book I post here is auto-added to our database thanks to post fields and a searchable table, created by my other half, Morgan. The database is extensive and diverse. You might say, “Wait, I don’t see a book that should be here.” The database is always a work-in-progress. Despite Morgan’s building of the database, I run this site voluntarily and when I have time (after my day job and my own writing). Sometimes all it takes is just an email to me about a book you think should be here, and I’ll most likely add if it fits the very few notoriety criteria listed at the Add a Book page. So the database is really just a big library of books falling into the broad category of eco-fiction.
  • “Moby Dick, wait–how is that eco-fiction!” I don’t make these determinations on my own. But the novel did make a statement on the whaling industry, so in that sense it fits this type of fiction–while also falling into other genres, of course. I rely on media and book descriptions, and on Jim Dwyer’s field guide to eco-fiction, for help when deciding to add stories to this site. Though there are some formulaic approaches to this literature (see “What is Eco-fiction?”), it is broad. But at its essence, eco-fiction is strongly motivated by concerns about our natural landscape and can take place across genres, time, and space. How the story unfolds in the end varies–a story might fall within the sphere of advocacy, be a political statement, play out as a literary romp, or live wildly as any one of multiple types of genre fiction.
  • Themes: Environmental storytelling is so very elastic that it occurs across platforms and infuses itself into all types of fiction. The database, for instance, recognizes some of the categories/genres of fiction in which ecological oriented fiction tends to fall, and this includes adventure, suspense, crime, romance, humor, thriller, weird fiction, fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, literary fiction, and various punk fictions (and much more). Within these genres are a host of audiences, including young adult, teen, children’s, all, and LGBTQ. And within this field are a large number of topics: climate change (which has a huge focus here), wildlife, biodiversity, industry injustice, conservationism, dwindling landscapes, fossil fuels, sea stories, and on and on. It’s really endless, and of course most of these themes overlap with each other at some point. Also, the type of literature covered is diverse: dystopian, apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, utopian, contemporary, historical, past, present, future–you name it. Anyway, I prefer exploring stories rather than labels, so let’s move on.
  • Authors: I’ve been doing author interviews since the site began back in 2013. It’s part of the site I like best because I get to know people and learn what’s beyond a story. In the fall of 2014 I added a new interview section: “Women Working in Nature and the Arts” series. This added a layer of the arts to the literary site–and since then I’ve run a Google+ and Facebook group dedicated to the overall concept of literary and other arts intersecting with ecology and climate change. Around that time I also met Chantal Bilodeu, founder and editor of Artists and Climate Change. I would highly recommend her site if you are wanting to find more about artists overall, instead of just fiction writers.
  • Authors tackling climate change. I began this spotlight in October 2016. I wanted to focus on the modern crisis we all face–global warming–and take a look at the movers and shakers writing fiction about it. The spotlights are really diverse; the authors write across genres, with varying levels of subtlety or frank stories about our changing world. Climate change isn’t just a backdrop to their novels; it shapes their stories strongly. This is an ongoing series and sometimes includes mini-interviews.
  • Stories: In 2016 I began the Green Reads site, which moved over to our sister site: Dragonfly.eco in early 2018. The library there has dozens of samples of eco-writers–fiction, non-fiction, prose, even graphic novels! I invite other authors to participate in the Eco-Writers section of Dragonfly. Participating members may write their own posts relevant to writing environmental fiction or nonfiction as well as participate in private chats and messaging with other members.
  • World Eco-fiction series. In early 2018, I was excited by various novels-around-the-wold posted here at eco-fiction.com and decided to focus on them in a new series. I was inspired by Adam Kirsch’s The Global Novel: Writing the World in the 21st Century. The Columbia Global Reports states: “The global novel, he [Adam] finds, is not so much a genre as a way of imagining the world, one that allows the novel to address both urgent contemporary concerns—climate change, genetic engineering, and immigration—along with timeless themes, such as morality, society, and human relationships. Whether its stories take place on the scale of the species or the small town, the global novel situates its characters against the widest background of the imagination. The way we live now demands nothing less than the global perspective our best novelists have to offer….Life lived here is experienced in its profound and often unsettling connections with life lived elsewhere, and everywhere. The local gains dignity, and significance, insofar as it can be seen as a part of a worldwide phenomenon.” This series is pretty new, so just watch for monthly additions.
  • Links and Resources: A large list of publishers, journals, projects, and bloggers with similar themes as this site.
  • Maybe the biggest environmental/nature playlist ever. Since early 2015, I’ve been adding an inspirational song each week or two that tells a story about our natural environment.
  • Other resources–click the “Resources” menu item at the top of the page. You’ll find the occasional review, academic, or other guest post submission.
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