I'm With the Bears: Short Stories from a Damaged Planet

The scale and severity of the worldwide weather problem is such that even the main devoted environmentalists are susceptible to dwell in a nation of denial. The award-winning writers accumulated right here have made it their activity to shake off this nagging disbelief, bringing the incomprehensible inside of our snatch and shaping an emotional reaction to the deterioration of our international habitat. From T. C. Boyle’s account of early eco-activists, to Nathaniel Rich’s imaginative and prescient of a close to destiny the place oil sells for $800 a barrel—these ten provocative, sometimes chilling, occasionally satirical tales deliver a human fact to mess ups of inhuman proportions.

Contents:
Introduction via invoice McKibben
The Siskiyou, July 1989 via T. C. Boyle
Zoogoing by way of Lydia Millet
Sacred Space via Kim Stanley Robinson
Hermie by way of Nathaniel Rich
Diary of an enticing Year through Helen Simpson
Newromancer by means of Toby Litt
The Siphoners by way of David Mitchell
Arzèstula by way of Wu Ming1
The Tamarisk Hunter via Paolo Bacigalupi
Time pill stumbled on at the lifeless Planet through Margaret Atwood

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She knew this kind of killing. She’d seen it before. Everything about it was a feedback loop, building itself into something bigger and more horrifying. She wondered if she had already been picked out, if it was already too late to run. She fled the scene, wondering if the city was finally going to drag her down and swallow her, just as it had swallowed Jamie. Who did this to you, Jamie? she wondered as she fled. And then, the more important question: What did you tell them about me? indd 35 1/20/15 1:34 PM chapter 3 A ragged gouge cut the face of the Red Cross/China Friendship water pump—­some kind of tool dug in, furrowing carbon plastics like her daddy’s plow had once ripped San Antonio dirt, except deeper, and more angry.

You just got to meet up with us,” Sarah had said. “Smile at whatever he’s talking about. Make him feel like he’s a big man. He’s, like, into water and shit. Loves talking about drill rigs and groundwater. indd 43 1/20/15 1:34 PM t h e wat e r k n i f e But to Maria’s surprise, she did care. And the more the fiver talked, the more it became apparent to her that men like him saw the world through different eyes than her father had. Maria’s father had seen the world cloudy, but this hydrologist saw the world clear.

She revved the engine, trying to remember the last time she’d changed the filters on its intakes, hoping it wouldn’t clog and die. She switched on storm lights and pulled out, bumping down the potholed street more by memory than sight. It was nearly impossible to drive, even with the big storm lights blazing low from the truck. The street ahead disappeared into a wall of roiling dust. She passed other vehicles pulled over, waiting it out. People wiser than she. Lucy drove slowly, inching along side streets, wondering why she bothered, knowing she couldn’t get good art in a storm like this, yet still compelled to press on, even as winds threatened to pitch her Ford off the road.

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