2047: Short Stories from our Common Future

Commemorating the UN's Brundtland Report from 1987

The Outcast Gem

Astrid’s deepest desire is to become a famous scientist by inventing a machine that can help combat the increased levels of CO2 emissions. Buried in her work for the last years, she has neglected her parents and sister by choosing science over family. But when Astrid experiences problems with getting the machine to function, she might not be able to make that choice any longer.


Written by Tanja Rohini Bisgaard

Tanja is Norwegian and writes short fiction about a future world where the climate and environment have been changed as a result of pollution, climate change and extensive resource use. When she is not writing, she works out of her own company as a sustainability consultant for the public and private sector.


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NuVenture™ TEMPO-L QuickStart Guide

“NuVenture™ TEMPO-L QuickStart Guide” is an instruction manual for the world's best selling budget-model time machine. It provides handy tips on device operation, answers to frequently asked questions by the novice time traveler, and recommendations on the best sights and sounds in the vacation packages offered by ChronoCorp, a family company.


Written by Isaac Yuen

Isaac Yuen’s short fiction and personal essays can be found in current and forthcoming issues of Orion, Zoomorphic, Flyway, River Teeth`s Beautiful Things, and Tin House Online, among others. He is the creator of Ekostories, an online essay collection connecting narratives to themes of nature, culture, and identity. Isaac currently lives in Vancouver, Canada, on unceded Coast Salish territory. 


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Still Waters

After the extinction of the J-pod orcas, the genetically-distinct marine icons that roamed the waters of the Puget Sound, Pythia and her wife Janie struggle to make sense of a world filled with loss and grief. For Janie, the loss threatens to drown her in the still waters of despair. Pythia must confront her own response to their extinction, and find her way through the uncharted territory of environmental loss in a changing world.


Written by Kimberly Christensen

A resident of the Pacific Northwest, Kimberly Christensen writes about all things sustainability, from organic gardening to breastfeeding to waste reduction. After a number of years working for CoolMom, Seattle’s first climate nonprofit focused on women and families, Kimberly recently left her position to write climate fiction in hopes of introducing readers to the personal side of climate change.





"Driftplastic" is the story of a reclusive artist who lives on a beach and makes beautiful sculptures from the ugly plastic garbage that washes up on his beach every morning.  After being alone for a long time, he is conflicted between the visions of two recent visitors:  an art lover who wants to show the world his art and a scientist who wants to do something about all the plastic garbage choking the world.


Written by John Frochio

John Frochio is from Western Pennsylvania and for a living he developed and installed computer automation systems for steel mills. He has had stories published in various places, including anthologies, Aurora Wolf, Liquid Imagination, SciFan Magazine, and others. He's published general fiction novel Roots of a Priest (co-authored with Ken Bowers, 2007) and story collection Large and Small Wonders (2012).


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The Winter Zoo

The young teenage girl Analeigh is in her final year of high school. As a project for social studies and English she has to keep a journal about her spring break. She's going with her family to a special zoo that contains now rare animals due to climate changes.


Written by Lene K. Kristoffersen

Lene K. Kristoffersen is a teacher, a mother and a creative soul who lives in Denmark. She has always been interested in the world we live in. Main focus is the world’s animals and other innocent beings. She has written a lot of poems and short stories.




A Modern Cronkite

Spencer Parker is an American journalist working for a small newspaper in Ohio. A woman calling herself “Mother” summons him to a secluded spot in the woods, where she remains hidden behind the tall trees, and tells him that war is imminent. Mother tells him her army is immeasurable, environmentalists ready to fight, and willing to die if necessary to achieve their goal. She forges ahead, stunning the enemy, bringing world leaders to their knees. A rise in the CO2 levels makes breathing difficult and millions are dying. Parker moves to an army resettlement camp, where he hopes to survive until Mother and her forces release their grip on the world. 


Written by Richard Friedman

Richard lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and works in the criminal justice industry. His motto, “Saving the citizens of Ohio during the day and the rest of the world at night” keeps him motivated to write. His self-published novel, “Escape to Canamith”, was a fan favorite at the 2014 Green Festival in New York City and last year he published “The Two Worlds of Billy Callahan”.

Richard was selected to attend Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Training in October 2017. 


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A Founder Emerges

Our post-fossil fuel world reaches a critical point when environmental calamities caused by climate damage of the past threaten global infrastructure. Product superstar Willoy faces threats, political obstacles and personal demons as she struggles to launch technology to stabilize the environment and achieve lasting personal success.


Written by Lori X Nishimoto

L X Nishimoto is an architect, educator and software manager deeply concerned about climate change. Frustrated with the ineffective results of normal policy advocacy she turned to climate fiction to influence environmental sustainability.


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The Story of Henry H. Sisson VI

Henry H. Sisson VI looked around the room. Right above his father's desk was a plank of wood with words carved into it: "We will manage this rich land for the benefit of our descendants -- Henry Hugh Sisson (1856)." Now it was time to take down that plank. The land was no longer manageable, and Henry the Sixth was the one tasked to move his family for the first time in nearly 200 years.

This is their story.


Written by David Zetland

David is an assistant professor of Economics at Leiden University College in Den Haag in The Netherlands. He blogs at aguanomics and has written two books: The End of Abundance (2011) and Living with Water Scarcity (2014). He now works on Life Plus 2 Meters (crowdsourced visions of life in a climate-changed world) and the City Water Project (understanding and promoting drinking water quality).


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Love in the time of Coral Reefs

If only I had known you

in the time of coral reefs

before we lost the permafrost

when there were bears up there

were bears up there.


Written and sung by Ruth Mundy

Ruth is a songwriter and singer from New Zealand. She is a musical poet singing stories of love and protest.


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Illustration by Julie Gram

Julie is an author and illustrator who lives in Denmark. She works mostly in the genres of fantasy and sci-fi. She has always been concerned about our world, the nature and how the climate changes is affecting all of us.







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