For links to published essays, articles and shorter pieces on the subject of `climate change fiction' (cli-fi) ' climate justice' and `sustainability'  please visit the WRITING page of this website.

For published books, climate fiction, and work-in-progress with climate change as one of their themes please visit the  CLIMATE CHANGE BOOKS link of this website.

Below is an incomplete list of research mentions, citations, book chapters, conference papers by academics, experts, researchers about Rajat Chaudhuri's climate change fiction, his essays and more:

  1. For an extended critical analysis of Rajat Chaudhuri's climate fiction (cli-fi biopunk novel) `The Butterfly Effect' in the context of Indian science fiction writing see the book `Star Warriors of the Modern Raj' (University of Wales Press) by Sami Ahmad Khan.
  2. Chapter about The Butterfly Effect by Damini Ray in the Routledge Handbook of Crime Fiction and Ecology (Editor: Nathan Ashman, 2023). Chapter title: `Magic Seeds and the Living Dead -  Investigating Transnational Ecocrimes in Rajat Chaudhuri's The Butterfly Effect'. (Routledge, Taylor & Francis 2023)
  3. `The Butterfly Effect' is mentioned in Research Handbook on Communicating Climate Change, Edited by David C Holmes and Lucy M Richardson (Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. USA, 2020)
  4. A conference paper by Anindita Shome discussing the book: "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
  5. Chaudhuri's essay about Doris Lessing's dystopian cli-fi novel `Mara and Dann' is cited in Valentina Adami in her essay `Mythic and Fairy-Tale Elements in Doris Lessing's Mara and Dann' which appears in the journal Law and the Humanities: Cultural Perspectives (Volume 17 in the series Law and Literature) edited by Chiara Battisti and Sidia Fiorato
  6. Mention in research paper by Axel Goodbody in Nuevos horizontes de la literatura comparada (Vol. 2): Ecocrítica, 2021. Editors: Bruno Echauri Galván and Julia Ori, ISBN: 978-84-09-27247-1 (Spanish Society of General and Comparative Literature)
  7. Chaudhuri is one of the co-authors in this paper published by Nature Sustainability journal - Sustainable Agrifood Systems for a Post-Growth World (August, 2022)
  8. Solarpunk - A Brilliant Subculture (The Telegraph) article by Rajat Chaudhuri
  9. Mention in article about South Asian climate change fiction 
  10. Op-ed article about post-humanism in The Telegraph print and online.
  11. Editorial about the uncanny and climate change for Kitaab Quarterly (June 2024)

For reviews and more see this page

Besides writing fiction (clifi), essays, articles and delivering lectures on climate change fiction, 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.

(Image: East Calcutta wetlands. Shot with a mobile phone camera.)

Reviews of Spellcasters

Chaudhuri's prose is lucid; unexpected twists inform this part psycho-logical thriller and part climate fiction.' The Telegraph

Reviews of Multispecies Cities

Listed in `The Definitive Climate Fiction Reading List’' Grist (US)

`Joyously ambitious solarpunk ... excels when entwining relational nuance with keenly handled futurist ideas ... number of gems for fans of climate fiction' Publishers Weekly

`Filled with a polyphony of voices ... Engaging introduction' Leanne Ogasawara, Books on Asia (Japan)

Reviews of The Great Bengali Poetry Underground

`Excellent translation ... Hard to find flavour of a culture in ferment' Scroll

`Translator seems to have masterfully reproduced in English the sting and beat of the original Bengali versions' Indian Literature journal (Sahitya Akademi)

`What comes across in the translations, from the very beginning, are the poems' distinctive Bengali origin' Daily Star (Bangladesh)

`Social-existential cares are interwoven with allusions to local or national issues ... will subtly shift our perception as to the currents of Bengali underground poetry' New Indian Express

Reviews of Calcutta Nights

`Masterfully translated' The Telegraph

`Important from the point of view of culture studies' Indian Literature journal

`Fascinating as a document of the 20th century city'  Trisha Gupta, India Today

`Flawless translation ... retains racy flavour' Sajni Mukherji, Outlook magazine

`Translator craftily balances archaic words with new ones, never upsetting the tonal authenticity of a period piece.' Scroll

`A unique cosmopolitan setting' Business Standard

`Excellent translation ... a crisp read' Ganesh Saili, New Indian Express

`A tale of beauty and decadence' South China Morning Post

`Interesting ... for readers interested in history and the Asian experience of transition to modernity.' Asian Review of Books, Hong Kong

`A guidebook to the dark dens of eeriness' Press Trust of India (PTI)

`What a punch this little volume packs' India Abroad News Service of India (IANS)

Reviews of The Butterfly Effect

`Propels the accumulated anxieties of a city into a shape-shifting future vortex' Anjana Basu, Outlook magazine 

`Explores a Ballardian near-future' Amy Brady, Words Without Borders

`Genre-bending' Amy Brady, Houston Chronicle, USA

`Projects the tropes of a new politics of imagination ... a new eco-sophy is created'Krishnan Unni. P, Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi 

`Indian novel's story parallels the deadly coronavirus outbreak' Times of India (news)

`Compelling' UNI

`A magic box ... brings Allan Poe to mind' Scroll

`Ten Works of Environmental Literature from Around the World' Book Riot, USA(listing)

`A wild ride, with brilliant and Ballardian descriptions' Eco-fiction

`Vivid storytelling dovetails with a playful structure' Bengaluru Review

`Fifty Must-Read Novels about Eco-Disaster' Book Riot, USA (listing)

`Around the World in 80 Books' Dragonfly Ecofiction (listing)

Reviews of The Best Asian Speculative Fiction

`A necessary and successful conglomerate' The Telegraph

`An important contribution to an ever-expanding and dynamic literary form' Southeast Asian Review of English (SARE), Malaysia

`More than just fantasy' Pune Mirror-Times of India (listing) 

`South Asian Studies Summer Reading List', Prof Mou Banerjee, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (listing) 

Reviews of Hotel Calcutta

`Sheer power of storytelling' The Telegraph

`A persuasive artist...Hotel Calcutta invites a hungry, urgent reading' Asian Review of Books

`A very innovative frame story' Journal of Commonwealth Literature

`An astounding work that interrogates the myriad surfaces of reality' Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi

`A dazzling "wall of stories" in Calcutta' The Sunday Guardian

`Very urban and 21st century' Sanjukta Dasgupta

`Chaudhuri tells us something also of the 'art' of the story.' Anu Kumar, The Thumb Print Magazine

`A web both classical and new.' Spark Magazine

`A writer to watch out for' Sushma Joshi, Kitaab

`His themes reveal a deep fascination with human response to the extraordinary’ Helter Skelter


Reviews of Calculus

`Might set a new trend in fiction writing' (in Bengali) Ekak Matra

Reviews of Amber Dusk

`A heady mix of experiences' The Telegraph  

`A memorable novel of East-West encounter' Amitava Roy 

`Another type of writing emerging within Indian English writing' Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi (JSTOR)

`Praised for its evocation of Calcutta and Paris' Journal of Commonwealth Literature 

`Surrealism explored ... A gifted writer of fiction' Deccan Herald  

`A delicately crafted story about love, loathing and the quest for peace in a time of intolerance' The Statesman  

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