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Kim Stanley Robinson covered melting ice in Antarctica, a flooded zoo in Washington, and the future of life on Mars. Lydia Millet read from How the Dead Dream about the guys on U.S. banknotes, and breaking into zoos to befriend endangered animals. Micheline Aharonian Marcom took us with Draining the Sea into the inner life of a Guatemalan soldier during the atrocities of the 1980s. Chris Carlsson of After the Deluge brought us to post-economic San Francisco, after the waters rise. Li Miao Lovett of In the Lap of the Gods set a story amidst the rising waters of China's Three Gorges Dam.

I suppose I should take some small comfort in the fact that, for the few writers I have actually known, publication, in direct proportion to the talent of each, seems to have been an occurrence always connected with catastrophe. -- Samuel R. Delany, Dhalgren

"Our deep selves welcome our catastrophes." -- John Updike, Brazil