The Archdruid Report: The Stories of our Grandchildren

Among those neglected landscapes of the mind, though, the territory that seems most crucial to me involves the role that stories play in shaping our ideas and expectations about the future, and thus our future itself.

Source: thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com

GR:  I have to agree that stories influence expectations and thereby reality.  If you think about it, you might find that your life expectations began with a story or stories you read in your youth.  Greer describes two new EcoSciFi (or CliFi) anthologies filled with stories about the fading dreams and the new future we’ve created.

Climate Fiction: An Interview with Dan Bloom on Cli Fi

  Dan Bloom, a native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Tufts University in Boston where he majored in world literature  has spent the last 40 years working as a journalist and newspaper edit…

See on formerpeople.wordpress.com

GR:  Hmm, I guess CliFi doesn’t have to be SciFi.  The science could be untouched by speculation.  Stories about people in the real world we’ve created could be crime, mystery, romance, whatever.

Advocating Nature Conservation With Fiction

Nature Conservation Novel

A reader of my novel, Corr Syl the Warrior, emailed a review today that I decided to share.  The novel is my first attempt to use fiction to promote nature conservation.  Arizona librarians chose it as Arizona’s 2014 OneBookAZ for teen readers.  You may download the eBook free from www.OneBookAZ.org.

Review of Corr Syl, April 4, 2014

Kirkus Best of 2013“Corr Syl the Warrior by Garry Rogers surprised me. From the book cover and the title I thought I was in for a sci-fi romp through the galaxy. Although that would have been fun I was much more entertained and brought to my senses with a touching story of Corr, a rabbit with super intelligence and his friend Rhya. I felt the communal sense of the animal kingdom from the up close observations of several other animal characters as Corr is introduced. In Garry’s book, what stands out are the feelings his characters evoke through their thoughtful and sapient actions. The environment is at risk here. That message is clear. Corr, with a tender heart, leads his tribe, the Tsaeb, to conquer misguided humans and animals, to defend the earth and its resources, to right wrongs, and as is beautifully and memorably put, “to persist, for like unworthy thoughts, dangerous individuals and species appear from time to time and civilization needs its defenders.”

Janice Shanks, school Librarian

Coldwater Farm Wildlife Update

Coldwater Farm Update for Spring 2014

This morning I saw the first Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) of the year.  It was flying alone and did not stop to let me take a photo.  Conservation status uncertain.

Sonora Mud TurtleThis week two Sonora Mud Turtles (Kinosternon sonoriense) began sunning on a small branch in my pond.  I thought I saw these turtles in the pond several years ago, but only this year have I had a chance to take photos.  Conservation status=S4, Apparently secure, possible long-term concern (Arizona Game and Fish Department–AZGFD). Continue reading