Welcome to Story Voyager
Story Voyager
by Claudia Befu
3w ago
Hello there. There are a lot of new faces in the Story Voyager community and I thought it would be a good time to reintroduce this newsletter and give you an overview of everything I’ve written so far. Thank you for being here. ? —Claudia Welcome to Story Voyager, a newsletter about climate and fiction An intelligent, almost spiritual, treatment of the nascent climate fiction subgenre. — Johnathan Reid of ReidItWrite Hi, I’m Claudia ?. In this newsletter, we explore narratives about climate change, the human-nature relationship and our future on this planet. We take complex topics and mak ..read more
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Story Voyager
by Claudia Befu
1M ago
Welcome to Story Voyager, your home for climate fiction and non-fiction. Today’s newsletters is a cli-fi short story based on a dream I had last year. If you enjoy this short cli-fi story and want to read more like it, please let me know with a like, comment, share or restack. Story Voyager is a climate fiction newsletter. Subscribe for free for more cli-fi stories and essays about climate change. Illegal The time is 8:58 pm, and the alarms are blaring. I run through the empty alley, looking for the shelter entrance. 84A. 84B. 84C. The gates are in front of me, within reach. I look at t ..read more
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Dune, climate talks, a cli-fi list and Jane Fonda
Story Voyager
by Claudia Befu
1M ago
Spring has finally arrived in the northern hemisphere, and the first three months of this year have already passed. A pigeon landed on the bald walnut tree in front of my window, waiting for new leaves, then flew away, as pigeons [and time] do, while I’m reflecting on the first quarter here at Story Voyager. Read until the end for a promo code to a climate seminar with Jane Fonda. Before we start, I have a question for you: Are you interested in a climate fiction book club? Subscribe now A little climate project: Our cli-fi book club One of the most rewarding things on my journey of learn ..read more
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We won't save the planet in the next 200 years
Story Voyager
by Claudia Befu
2M ago
When I was five and a half years old, my mother taught me how to read and write. Although she was a teacher, she couldn’t work in a school because she wasn’t a member of the communist party. Instead, she worked in a factory weaving Adidas textiles. In communist Romania, wearing capitalist brands was forbidden, but being cheap labor producing capitalist products for export was a service to the society. So, my mother gave me homework before she left for her factory shift. I could read by the time I was six, and she gifted me my first book. While fairytales were a childhood favorite, it was th ..read more
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I'm writing a narrative documentary about climate change
Story Voyager
by Claudia Befu
2M ago
Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 First time here? Story Voyager is a climate fiction newsletter I email to subscribers. I’m currently writing a narrative documentary series about climate change in the pre-industrial era. Below you can can find a playlist of all the episodes released so far. Or you can start by reading There Is Hope, my climate fiction series. In the summer of 2021, I met dear friends in the serene Romanian countryside for an afternoon of homemade foods and wines. Amongst others, we talked about climate change and, to my surprise, they were skeptical about humanity ..read more
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Letters from Arrakis: Part Two
Story Voyager
by Claudia Befu
4M ago
First time here? Story Voyager is a climate fiction newsletter I email to subscribers. Currently, I’m reading Dune with Nathan, Alexander and Vanessa, and we’re sharing our impressions in a series of four Letter from Arrakis. If you want to read with us, you can start here. In the first letter from Arrakis, we discussed Book One, the worldbuilding of Dune and our impressions after rereading the book for the second or third time. In the second letter, we focus on Book Two, the Fremen and their long-term mission to green their beloved desert planet, Arrakis. We will also ..read more
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A depressing reading list for a future worth living
Story Voyager
by Claudia Befu
4M ago
First time here? Story Voyager is a climate fiction newsletter I email to subscribers. I am currently writing a cli-fi series, There Is Hope, about life on a planet devastated by climate change and the things that give people hope. Start by reading the first story, Human Island, here. Or you can dive into my narrative documentary about the history of climate change in the Holocene here. Happy New Year, my dear story voyagers ?! I hope that you had an enjoyable holiday season with your loved ones. I’m back from a long awaited and much needed vacation and I’m ready to kickstart the year here ..read more
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Taming the ice: The climate power of ancient farmers
Story Voyager
by Claudia Befu
6M ago
First time here? Story Voyager is a climate fiction newsletter I email to subscribers. This is the second episode in a documentary series about the history of climate change in the Holocene. You can find the first episode here. Or you can start by reading There Is Hope, my climate fiction series. A well-coordinated slaughter The longer you can look back, the farther you can look forward. —Winston Churchill The blazing fire sparkled in the eyes of the hunters, peaking down at the frenzied herds of migrating horses from the limestone escarpment. Maddening terror ignited by the sky-high flam ..read more
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Kelp forests give hope to climate refugees
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by Claudia Befu
7M ago
Seaweed farmer This is the longline for my short story ‘Human Island’. ‘Human Island’ is the story of a grieving mother who documents a human sacrifice and finally finds peace in the most unlikely of places. To avoid spoiler alerts ?, I will not go into plot related story details (such as the human sacrifice) in this newsletter. The setup The short story ‘Human Island’ takes place in Southern Europe around 2550. Due to climate change and the increased occurrence of unpredictable heatwaves, most of Southern Europe lost its population as the locals found refuge north where the temperature wa ..read more
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A dystopian world as the prequel to a utopian world
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by Claudia Befu
7M ago
The creation The short story collection ‘There Is Hope’, is placed in a dystopian world ravaged by climate change and a data war fought by technology giants. Originally, it was a backstory for the utopian futuristic world in which ‘The Deep Dive’, my first science fiction story idea, takes place. In the world of ‘The Deep Dive’, there is a new social order where power is decentralized and local communities self-govern and coordinate decisions amongst each other with the help of technology. The main goal of this society is to maintain the recovered biodiversity of planet Earth and use techno ..read more
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