Stephanie Lai is an Australian author and essayist. She likes penguins, swing dancing, and having opinions. She is a left-handed archer, and an environmental educator. She lives in Melbourne.

This Oath and This Indenture: Health Care, Stereotypes, and Our Climate Change Dystopia

Hey penguin fans, this weekend I’m going to be attending the (Un)ethical futures: utopia, dystopia and science fiction conference. My paper, This Oath and This Indenture: Health Care, Stereotypes, and Our Climate Change Dystopia, will be a 20-minute presentation as part of the ‘Climate and Dystopias’ session on Sunday afternoon. I’m so excited to be attending and presenting at this conference.

Tickets are still available, and you should consider coming to experience my feelings on health care in science fiction, because I have a LOT of feelings about health care in our climate change dystopia.

The abstract:

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The Fall of the Jade Sword

‘The Fall of the Jade Sword’, a wuxia superhero adventure set in Melbourne’s Chinatown in the early 20th century, can be found in Behind the Mask: A Superhero Anthology, Meerkat Press, 2017. I’m delighted to be featured in this anthology with some awesome writers having a lot of fun. This story is a spiritual ancestor to The Dàn Dàn Miàn of the Apocalypse, and was even written well before it, as many ancestors are.

Identity and Climate Change

So I’ve been in Singapore three weeks (almost) on my first! ever! residency!, and things are moving along. I’ve got pages of research, and I’ve had some interesting chats, and I have some ideas, but I still have a lot of data to gather.

Being an Australian in Singapore for a couple of months doing research on how sustainable education and awareness takes place, particularly in regards to cultural identity, is hard without existing networks. My focus is on meeting people and chatting with them in person, but that’s not always possible so I’ve developed a basic survey to help with some data gathering.

It doesn’t go quite into the nuance I’m after. I’m really after how traditional communities impact how people interact with climate change and sustainability education, and that can be hard to whittle down from a dozen questions. I’m doing a little bit of compare and contrast – sustainability education in Australia is focused on White Australians, and the assumption is that the standard message (designed for white Australians) works across communities. I know that’s not true, and that’s evident in many ways just from the different language used in Singapore versus Australia. So that’s a part of the compare and contrast, looking at education campaigns.

But what’s getting missed in both countries because of assumptions? What changes are due to geography versus culture versus the different roles of government? I have so many thoughts and there are so many possibilities and options.

Anyway, I’ve developed this basic survey to help with some data gathering. It’s Singapore-specific, and if you’re Singaporean or have friends are Singaporean or whatever, I would be so grateful if you’d do the survey/email me your thoughts/forward it on to your friends.

Take the survey!

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Imagining Australia’s Climate Change Dystopia – a 2015 update

In early 2014 I used the CSIRO 2007 climate change projections to develop possibilities for our Science Fiction Climate Change Dystopia, which was published at The Toast. This weekend at Continuum 11: Southern Skies, I talked at length about the science behind our climate change future, and I’ve been invited to speak on a panel at the NSW Writers’ Centre Speculative Fiction Festival in July on this topic, so it seemed timely that I update my essay on imagining Australia’s climate change dystopia.

You can download it: imagining climate change dystopia update 2015.