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Climate crisis: how science fiction’s hopes and fears can inspire humanity’s response

By Chris Pak, Lecturer in English Literature, Swansea University
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You see the forest of cranes before you reach the coast. In the heat’s haze, machinery resounds in the middle distance, shifting and tamping dirt with earth-shattering force. Beyond the construction site, the sea sparkles under the Sun, traversed by ships old and new. It seems the whole city takes its cue from the coast – there is always so much being built, demolished and rebuilt.