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Poem: "The World's Widows"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 7th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)

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>>It is edgy - but I developed a taste for such when I read my first collection of Ellison's short stories, way back when.<<

I have a taste for edgy stuff too, though I have my limits. Also, my partner Doug is a serious fan of Harlan Ellison.

>> Even more difficult in this case, perhaps, because we're discussing a topic that's fairly new to our generation? (I know I'd never heard of "environmental migrants" before yesterday!) <<

Yes, that's true. And yay, I achieved my goal of raising awareness! "Environmental migrants" are people forced out of their homes by chronic climate change issues (drought, rising sea level, etc.) while "environmental refugees" or "envirogees" are people forced out by acute climate change issues (hurricanes, flash floods, wildfires, etc.).

I have previously written about this issue in Gaiatribe:
http://gaiatribe.geekuniversalis.com/2009/02/24/three-questions-climate-fears-are-driving-ecomigration-across-globe/
http://gaiatribe.geekuniversalis.com/2009/03/19/environmental-refugees/



From: minor_architect Date: May 7th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a taste for edgy stuff too, though I have my limits. Also, my partner Doug is a serious fan of Harlan Ellison.

*nods* Same here. When "edgy" becomes "blood and gore just for the sake of it," I stop reading.

As for Doug - good on him! ;) I've been reading and collecting Ellison's work since before my own high school days. I'm not such a hardcore fangirl anymore but I'm not getting rid of his books anytime soon, either. (I'm trying to branch out, based on the advice of some of my friends, which is why I've been reading some of Neil Gaiman's stuff now. No offense to the guy - but as I've been going through American Gods, I can't help feeling that he's standing on the shoulders of giants, y'know?)

Also, thank you for the other link to more information on ecomigration! I'll have to take a look at that shortly.
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