I'm With the Bears: Short Stories from a Damaged Planet

By Paolo Bacigalupi

The dimensions and severity of the worldwide weather drawback is such that even the main dedicated environmentalists can flow right into a country of denial. The award-winning writers gathered right here have made it their job to shake off this nagging disbelief, bringing the incomprehensible inside of our take hold of and shaping an emotional reaction to mankind’s unwitting construction of a tricky new planet. From T. C. Boyle’s account of early eco-activists, to Nathaniel Rich’s comedian myth a couple of marine biologist haunted via his early life, and David Mitchell’s imaginative and prescient of a close to destiny the place oil sells for $800 a barrel—these ten provocative, sometimes chilling, occasionally satirical tales deliver a human truth to mess ups of inhuman proportions.

Royalties from the sale of I’m with the Bears will visit 350.org, a global grassroots circulate operating to lessen the volume of CO2 within the atmosphere.

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