This week WBEZ radio launched a series called “After Water” that explores the future of our water supply in the face of increasing climate change. On July 20th, host Shannon Heffernan kicked it off by interviewing nonfiction writer Michele Morano who was hoping to find a way to get the public to be more engaged in the looming problems of water supply. Morano came up with the idea of teaming sci-fi writers with scientists. Each writer would work with one scientist, learn about his or her area of research, and then write a sci-fi short story set in the near future. And, so the series was born. Heffernan commented, “We’ve invited fiction writers to peer into the future—100 years or more—and imagine the region around the Great Lakes, when clean, fresh water could be a rare resource. Hear the writers’ stories on air and online, and listen as scientists weigh in too.” Listen to the full interview here.
WBEZ is also hosting an event on July 30th where the first batch of stories will be told live at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse in Chicago at 6pm. For more information click here.