I'm With The Bears, Edited by Mark Martin


Reviewed,Arifa Akbar
Friday 11 November 2011 01:00 GMT

This collection of ten short stories was conceived as an "imaginative intervention" in response to the dearth of fiction dealing with climate change.

Aside from the slightly worthy ring to this mission statement, the stories dazzle the reader with their imaginative range and depth.

An impressive line-up of contributors - Margaret Atwood, TC Boyle, David Mitchell, Lydia Millet - envisage a plethora of apocalyptic or disaster scenarios.

Helen Simpson's future in 2040, after "the collapse", is revealed in diary entries. Mitchell's 2033 is running out of fuel and the cult of youth has left the old as outcasts.

Toby Litt's 2040 hails a fake war while Atwood has the final word with her short but epic take on the destruction of epochs.

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