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Tales from The Warming is unique in the annals of climate fiction, a new literary genre spawned in the last decade by the climate crisis. The anthology of 10 short stories takes readers all over the world and over time to experience—in human terms—the growing impact of what the author has dubbed “The Warming,” the man-made catastrophe that is increasing the world’s tempera ...more
Paperback, 235 pages
Published April 20th 2017 by Open Books
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Paul Falk
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the hot-button topics over the last few decades have fallen on the impending arrival of catastrophic global warming. There's no getting around it, the Earth is trending to become warmer. Author Lorin Robinson presents a dismal look at what will greet us around the globe in the not-too-distant future. Fasten your seatbelts.

Rising sea levels will have invaded coastlines worldwide. Millions, perhaps a billion lives will be directly impacted. A triggered sequence of disasters will reign in th
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Emma Rowson
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I opted to review this collection of short stories, I was drawn in by the subject. Global warming is an issue I skirt around the edges of, I hear of it often, but in all honesty, I am confused by it. And I think that goes for many other people. The general population rely on facts being given to us, but when scientists, governments and other authority figures have such disparity amongst them about what the facts actually are, and the interpretation of them, it’s no wonder so many choose not ...more
Stephanie
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tales from the Warming presents a series of ten short stories set in the near future that tells about the impact of global warming on human life. All of these stories exhibit in a very realistic fashion what will happen to people from all around the Earth if we do not try to stop or at least slow or global Carbon Dioxide emissions. Beginning with the very near future in 2022, we follow a weather reported to the top of Kilimanjaro where the last of the snow is melting. This event in itself is not ...more
Penny Wright
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lorin R. Robinson's "Tales from the Warming" is a collection of ten short stories that focus on the consequences of global warming. Each story focuses on different characters all around the world, in the near future, ranging from the 2020s and ending in the 2050s.

The main reason I recommend this book is that I think it's a great way to get people to care about climate change. Sometimes it can be difficult to understand how bad things are going to get because for many people those changes are too
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Mike Dettinger
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Found this collection of short stories unexpectedly moving. It hardly ever sinks to disaster porn or despair. Rather these stories of real people living in the developing climate changes, some barely coping some living very recognizable lives in by turns sad and sweet and even some optimism. Just like real life.

I guess I should mention that I am a climate scientist, and the author clearly did his homework. Pretty realistic climate underpinnings.
David Leithauser
Ten interesting stories of how various parts of the world handle climate change a few hundred years from now. Realistic thoughtful stories, not the usual action tales. Lots of interesting scientific details.
Shirley Schmidt
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Captivating! Dr. Robinson weaves a web around the reader. He is a really good storyteller! Also, each story is this very readable book is amplified by scientific data that could have easily been vapid … but not in these stories. His premise is well supported. I highly recommended this book!
Susan
This book, although fiction, is a polemic by a (perhaps?) scientist who is upset with the lack of action on the climate crisis. It's a set of short stories set in the near future (2021-2059) that concern various ways climate change will impact human life. The problem is that the writing is pedestrian, and none of the characters are fully developed. I read about half of it and gave up. You need someone like Doris Lessing (cited in the author's intro) or Margaret Atwood or Ursula LeGuin to fully i ...more
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This book, although fiction, is a polemic by a (perhaps?) scientist who is upset with the lack of action on the climate crisis. It's a set of short stories set in the near future (2021-2059) that concern various ways climate change will impact human life. The problem is that the writing is pedestrian, and none of the characters are fully developed. I read about half of it and gave up. You need someone like Doris Lessing (cited in the author's intro) or Margaret Atwood or Ursula LeGuin to fully i ...more
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Lorin Robinson’s career has been split primarily between university teaching/
administration and business.
He chaired the Journalism Department at the University of Wisconsin—River Falls for 10 years after founding and managing the school’s public radio station. He then joined 3M Company as a marketing communications manager. After 24 years at 3M, he returned to teaching—in the Graduate College of
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