The Cloud Weaver’s Song
Exploring life after the 'Great Drying'. Close your eyes and imagine a better future beyond the current climate crisis. What do you see? This is exactly what Grist’s solutions lab, Fix, asked writers from all over the world to do for its first climate-fiction short story contest, "Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors". We're excited to present to you the three winning stories in audio. The stories offer a refreshing flicker of hope, even joy, by providing a springboard for exploring how fiction can help create a path towards equitable climate progress, envisaging intersectional worlds of abundance, adaptation and reform. In The Cloud Weaver’s Song — written by Saul Tanpepper — we embark on a unique bedtime story about the nomadic Afar people and their retreat all the way to the clouds, after an event they refer to as the 'Great Drying' made life on Earth's surface inhospitable. Will they ever make their way to the ground again? It is read by the three-time Audie Award winner, Robin Miles.