Our Entangled Future: Stories to Empower Quantum Social Change

Nine short stories, rooted in the complex reality of the climate crisis, are presented in this inspiring book. 

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The book is co-edited by Karen O’Brien (University of Oslo), Ann El Khoury (University of Sidney), Nicole Schafenacker (UNBC and Health Arts Research Centre) and Jordan Rosenfeld (author, editor, and writing teacher).

The book is available as e-book and paperback at Amazon and in various bookstores.

This book is part of a research project, and we would really appreciate it if you would participate by answering a short survey after you have read some of the stories. Here is the link to the survey.

We live our lives through stories. They shape how we see the world, how we relate to it, and not the least, how we engage with it. Now more than ever, we need compelling stories that inspire both individual and collective action. We need stories that confront the limitations of a dualistic, deterministic, and inanimate worldview and instead offer insights into a reality that is connected, entangled, uncertain, and ripe with possibility – a world of complementarity, non-locality, and potentiality.  

The stories in this collection transcend the dualistic storytelling structure of “man vs. nature” by presenting collectives that span human and nonhuman relationships. These stories are undoubtedly "quantum" in nature: The characters are entangled with each other and their landscapes, true models of compassion and empathy. Taken together, these stories reverberate with the themes of the Anthropocene and will, in turn, inspire new ways of navigating the future.
-- Amy Brady, Deputy Publisher of Guernica magazine and Editorial Director of the Chicago Review of Books 

The nine short stories presented in Our Entangled Future are rooted in the complex reality of the climate crisis. Rather than painting a dystopic future, they present agency-driven characters whose insights will inspire readers to contemplate and realize the potential for quantum social change. The nine excellent contributions include the following: 

The Witness by Chris Riedy
The Drought by Jessica Wilson
The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store by Catherine Sarah Young
Synergy by Otter Lieffe
Cool Burn and the Cherry Ballart by Jude Anderson
The Green Lizard by Albert van Wijngaarden
The Visitor by Julia Naime Sánchez-Henkel
Let Us Begin by Saber Hasnain
The Legend of the Cosmos Mariners by Kelli Rose Pearson

Our Entangled Future: Stories to Empower Quantum Social Change is part of the AdaptationCONNECTS research project, which is funded by the University of Oslo and the Research Council of Norway. 

Published Oct. 10, 2019 3:58 PM - Last modified Jan. 29, 2020 3:20 PM