Two versions of reality can exist at the same time, at least in the quantum world. In the non-quantum world, the mirror of truth becomes smoky. As the LA Times said, “Dualities pervade nature…This doesn’t mean that ‘everything is relative,’ or that there’s no objective reality.” We have become increasingly so divisive over perspective beliefs, whether or not they are based in objective reality. I stand strong in my beliefs, because they are based on science, but I sill like to hope they we can “all get along”. To do this, I root for what makes us happy together—commonalities, not division. I also dislike stereotypes, because they fail to recognize healthy diversity among people of different religions, ethnicity, age groups, skin colors, sexual orientations, genders, and places—and they prescribe inaccurate assumptions, leading to hatred and removals of basic rights and freedoms for perceived differences. I realized long ago that the commonalities we share can be simple: food, music, memories, stories. These things, I think, can bring about empathy, peace, open-mindedness, and downright civility, which is sorely missing right now. When I think of a strong message for my December newsletter, it is to celebrate our commonalities, help those in need, become empathetic and open-minded, and give peace a chance.
Eco-fiction is a genre of stories that are usually based on objective truths: climate change, for instance, which is a fact on the ground with plenty of data that proves it’s happening. Eco-fiction also embraces a multitude of other observable facts, from plastic-ravaged oceans, endangered and extinct species, effects of colonization on historical and modern day people and lands, dangers of chemicals in our food chain (water, soil, air), and so much more. It’s a science-based genre but is still fiction and thus imaginative, taking place not just on Earth but in fantastical, magical, weird, or technologically altered worlds, which provide analogies and critical self-examination. The genre lends to horror and the weird, just as well, because what’s actually happening in our world is horrible and weird and sometimes we don’t know how to make sense of it. And ecological fiction is wholly inclusive. The stories provide literary ecosystems, wherein human nature and “other” nature are not opposite parts of the story but must cohabitate. Many genres are evolving due to multiple ways of telling these stories: speculative, Indigenous, cultural, water stories, crime, children’s and YA fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird, romance, historical, magical realist, and so much more. New genres have evolved that may rely heavily on the ecological, including solarpunk, lunarpunk, tidal punk, hopepunk, and a variety of beautiful futurisms, which take power over the stolen past of a people and imagine alternate realities or better futures that the people—rather than colonial powers—lead: Africanfuturism, Taínofuturism, Indigenous futurism, Métis futurism, and many others.