The magnitude of the global climate crisis is such that even the most committed environmentalists are liable to live in a state of denial. The award-winning writers collected here have made it their task to shake off this disbelief, bringing the incomprehensible within our grasp and shaping an emotional response to mankind's unwitting creation of a tough new planet. From T.C. Boyle's account of early eco-activists, to David Mitchell's vision of a near future where civilization dwindles as oil sells for $800 a barrel - these stories blend speculative and literary fiction and range across time. The aim is to make the danger posed by climate change as accessible to the imagination as subjects more common to the best of contemporary fiction. Royalties from I'm With the Bears will go to 350.org, an international grassroots movement working to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
MARGARET ATWOOD is a Booker-Prize winning poet and author of many acclaimed novels, including The Year of the Flood. PAOLO BACIGALUPI is the author of the sci-fi novel The Wind-Up Girl, which won the Hugo and Nebula awards. T.C. Boyle has a long list of books to his credit, including The Women. TOBY LITT has written eleven novels and story collections. Author of five superlative novels, LYDIA MILLET was one of three finalists for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. WU MING1 is one part of the quartet of authors who write under the name Wu Ming and Luther Blissett have published the groundbreaking novels Manituana and Q. DAVID MITCHELL has been twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize; his novels include Cloud Atlas and most recently The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. NATHANIEL RICH won many plaudits for his debut novel, The Mayor's Tongue. KIM STANLEY ROBINSON is the Hugo and Nebula prize-winning author of the Mars Trilogy and a trilogy of novels about climate change that go under the title Science in the Capital. HELEN SIMPSON is a prize-winning short story writer and novelist; in 1993, she was selected as one of Granta's twenty "Best British Novelists Under Forty." The writer and environmentalist BILL MCKIBBEN is the author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, among other titles; he is the founder of 350.org, which in 2010 organized what CNN called "the most widespread day of political action in the planet's history."