THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT - A climate fiction novel (Go to book page for reviews,  academic research and mentions of the novel)

For an extended critical analysis of `The Butterfly Effect' in the context of Indian science fiction writing, read the book `Star Warriors of the Modern Raj' (University of Wales Press) by Sami Ahmad Khan.

A conference paper by Anindita Shome discussing The Butterfly Effect: "Dystopia, Climate Fiction, and Globalisation: Reading Rajat Chaudhuri’s The Butterfly EffectConference: New Literaria, 2nd International e-Conference: Contemporary Trends and Development in Cultural Studies and the Humanities

  • The Butterfly Effect is a recommended text in Uttar Pradesh government colleges/universities. (India) (News item in Bengali daily `Ei Samay' of Times of India group, April 15, 2023)

For reviews, research, and more detailed references to The Butterfly Effect novel in media and academic texts, visit the The Butterfly Effect book page of this website.

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SUNBURNT STORIES - Climate Change and Literature. Non-fiction - Work-in-progress (Listen to a talk, Read published articles, Keynote address, Workshops with National Library of India, a virtual talk at SwapBook and news of a forthcoming lecture - Nov, 2021- at University of Oxford


Co-edited anthology of short stories about multispecies cities themed around solarpunk futures. (Go to book page)

Edited by Christoph Ruprecht, Deborah Cleland, Norie Tamura, Rajat Chaudhuri, Sarena Ulibarri (Published: World Weaver Press, USA and RIHN, Japan)

Cities are alive, shared by humans and animals, insects and plants, landforms and machines. What might city ecosystems look like in the future if we strive for multispecies justice in our urban settings? In these more-than-human stories, twenty-four authors investigate humanity’s relationship with the rest of the natural world, placing characters in situations where humans have to look beyond their own needs and interests. A quirky eco-businessman sees broader applications for a high school science fair project. A bad date in Hawai‘i takes an unexpected turn when the couple stumbles upon some confused sea turtle hatchlings. A genetically-enhanced supersoldier struggles to find new purpose in a peaceful Tokyo. A community service punishment in Singapore leads to unexpected friendships across age and species. A boy and a mammoth trek across Asia in search of kin. A Tamil child learns the language of the stars. Set primarily in the Asia-Pacific, these stories engage with the serious issues of justice, inclusion, and sustainability that affect the region, while offering optimistic visions of tomorrow's urban spaces.

ISBN-13: 978-1734054521
Anthology: Approx. 100,000 words / 330 pages
Available from Amazon

Multispecies Cities--Solarpunk Urban Futures  is finalist shortlisted for the Utopia Awards.  

For reviews of the book visit the book page.


Cli-fi video game

Rajat Chaudhuri's narratives alongwith those of three other writers are featured in the cli-fi video game Survive the Century (April 2021) about climate change futures developed and published by Electric Book Works and supported by Climate Interactive, USA and SESYNC, University of Maryland with National Science Foundation (USA) support. The game is created by Sam Beckbessinger, Simon NIcholson and Christopher Trisos. Watch the YouTube game trailer here.
(Illustration by Annika Brandow, Design by Karen Lilje)

Reviews, interviews and press for the climate change video game Survive the Century:

New Indian Express (Epaper below)
The Telegraph (Games and Gadgets article by Rajat Chaudhuri, Epaper below)


Originally a video game now a branching narrative cli-fi book

Survive the Century is a branching story about the political, environmental and social choices humans will face between 2021 and 2100 as we adapt to the ravages of climate change.

Created by Sam Beckbessinger, Christopher Trisos and Simon Nicholson.

This is fiction informed by real science. Featuring Lauren Beukes, Rajat Chaudhuri, Maria Turtschaninoff and Sophia Al-Maria. Illustrations by Annika Brandow.   

Paperback: 296 pages
Published by: Three Kids in a Trenchcoat (UK)
ISBN: 978-0620987486

Reviews of the book:

University of Cape Town (South Africa)

Reviewed in Scroll (India)

For links to Rajat Chaudhuri's published essays, articles and shorter pieces on the subject of `climate change fiction' and `sustainability'  visit the WRITING page of this website. Here is the Rajat Chaudhuri page at the Internet Speculative Fiction (ISFDB) database.

Related news:

Rajat Chaudhuri is a co-editor for the new Solarpunk Creatures anthology to be published by World Weaver Press (US). Call for submissions here

Rajat Chaudhuri is Guest editor for the inaugural issue of Kitaab Quarterly with the theme `Uncanny' to be published by Kitaab (Singapore). Call for submissions here. 

Rajat Chaudhuri has more than two decades of involvement with  climate change activism beginning with a stint as a climate change advocate at the United Nations (UNCSD, New York) as Southern Coordinator of the UN NGO Caucus on Energy and Climate Change and other roles while simultaneously campaigning for ozone and climate-friendly technologies. More details in BIO page of this website.

Surivive the Century (A news report)

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