Krista Hiser’s Ultimate Cli-Fi Book Club: ‘Blaze Island’ by Catherine Bush

Joining us in the Art House is Dr. Krista Hiser, with the first in a series of occasional features called “The Ultimate Cli-Fi Book Club.” The purpose of the book club is to look at climate-themed literature and consider how it can help us engage differently with interdisciplinary topics and existential threats related to the planetary predicament of climate change.

In this episode, Krista reflects on the cli-fi novel Blaze Island by Catherine Bush, and lets her imagination run wild as she pulls together some of the greatest minds in climate fiction.

Dr. Krista Hiser is Professor at Kapiʻolani Community College. She has a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has published on community engagement, service learning, organizational change, and post-apocalyptic and cli-fi literature.

You can read a written version of Krista’s essay at The Ultimate Cli-Fi Book Club for Sustainability in Higher Education on Medium.

Next month: Marisa Slaven and the young adult, cli-fi novel, Code Red.

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This article is part of The Art House series.


As host of Citizens’ Climate Radio, Peterson Toscano regularly features artists who address climate change in their work. The Art House section of his program includes singer/songwriters, visual artists, comics, creative writers, and playwrights. Through a collaboration with Artists and Climate Change and Citizens’ Climate Education, each month Peterson reissues The Art House for this blog. If you have an idea for The Art House, contact Peterson: radio @

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