"SF authors warn, men choose at their peril"

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Every Tuesday, Release offers you a column, an interview or a portrait linked to a science fiction text making the news. This week, interview with Alain Grousset, on the occasion of the reissue of the collection Ten Ways to Murder the Planet.

Given the title, the book could be considered as a user manual intended to accelerate the destruction of the planet. In fact, it brings together ten short stories from major French-language science fiction writers (Danielle Martinigol, Christophe Lambert, Pierre Bordage, Rita Kraus) and Americans (Donald A. Wollheim, Thomas Disch, Lee Hoffman, Robert Bloch and Horace B. Fyfe). , Philippe K. Dick), written since the 50s, catastrophists certainly, but intended to "To draw attention to what is certain to happen if we do not react today", says Alain Grousset in preface. Glaciation, floods, pollution, overpopulation, atomic war, disappearance of fauna and flora, pandemics and genetic manipulations, war with machines, war with insects, waste … Here is the myriad of wounds he explores. Interview with the writer Alain Grousset.

How did you conceive this anthology?

The theme must already come to you. And there, in recent years, the signs of an announced disaster multiply. The Earth is manhandled by one of its species that shelters: the Man! Better than a novel, an anthology, by its short texts is much more percussive. It remains to look for texts that may be appropriate, then ask trusted authors to explore the missing tracks. Danielle Martinigol, Christophe Lambert and Pierre Bordage have beautifully played the game.

Why this provocative title?

When the emergency hits our door, we must mark the spirits. Show that there are many ways to self-medicate. The current climate outlook tends to tell us that the different ways of murdering our planet are being combined with each other so that it goes faster. This title is catchy, I'm proud of it, because it summarizes perfectly the contents of this anthology.

Why did SF authors write years ago about what's happening today?

Maybe they are more sensitive to the future than others! Sci-fi writers observe our daily lives and then push the cursor a little further. They warn. They are not meant to predict the future, but to predict futures. Men then choose at their own risk.

Can fiction create awareness, perhaps push to act?

Great question! Should the SF be moralistic, triggering societal springs to bend the curve of humanity? If it does, what impact does it have on society? This anthology aims to show ten terrible ends for humanity so that men invent an eleventh way, the happiest this one. The writings have the duration for them. They sow seeds that take time to germinate. Several generations are needed to reap the benefits. Who still remembers René Dumont who, in 1974, said everything about ecology during the presidential campaign? See where we are forty-five years later!

"Hope must come from youth," you say …

I did this anthology only because it was aimed at the youth. It's the only way out. The life of a human being is shaped by the society in which he lives. I think that young people must invent everything, deviate from the model of their parents who, they are unable to leave. Ten Ways to Murder the Planet has exceeded 20,000 copies and is constantly reissued. I feel like a beautiful bubble of hope just waiting to grow. All the Greta Thunbergs in the world must go to the UN, shake up the old ones and force them to move. I hope this anthology will be the first breath of a great liberating wind.

Frédérique Roussel

10 ways to murder the planet, news gathered and presented by Alain Grousset, Flammarion Jeunesse, 196 pp., 7.50 €. From 13 years old.

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