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IS ENVI-FI THE NEWEST SCIENCE FICTION SUBGENRE?

Untitled Project: SCIENCE FICTIONS

Third Book Released in Environmental Dystopian YA Series

SALEM, Ore. December 11, 2013— S. Smith recently released the third installment in her middle grade/YA series, Seed Savers. Heirloom chronicles the lives of three young friends in a not-so-distant future where large corporations and the government have merged and taken control of the food supply.

Like the emerging genre of cli-fi— literature based around climate change— Smith’s series imagines a future based on the environmental decisions we make today. The main focus of the book is a future U.S. where seed ownership is banned and gardening is illegal. Climate change is also alluded to with mention of  “land parched and treated so poorly that it had lost its ability to be productive and was tossed aside like so much trash,”  and with the Pacific Islander “climate refugees” hidden in the Smoky Mountains. The Seed Savers series is unique in its imagining of what could happen if intellectual property rights concerning patenting of seeds and plant life remain unchecked.

Heirloom, like the previous books in the series, is not bleak and hopeless like many dystopians in today’s market, such as The Hunger Games. Smith describes it as “Little House on the Prairie meets Fahrenheit 451.” In an earlier interview Smith stated that the first Seed Savers book was  “a love story starring homegrown food.”

About book three Smith said, “Though taking place some fifty years in the future, Heirloom is about connecting to the past. Lily reconnects with her family’s past while Clare and Dante experience the wider cultural past of living on a farm with its seasonal cycles of planting and harvest.”  Why should people read Heirloom? “It’s a fun book, an interesting book that takes on important issues of our time.”

Smith is a former middle school teacher, a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, an OSU Master Gardener, and a seed saver with her local seed/food bank. She grew up on a small family farm and occasionally  sells apples with her brother at a local farmers’ market. She grows, harvests, and “puts up” most of the vegetables and fruits her family will eat for the year.

Heirloom (Seed Savers, #3) ISBN 978-0615906737 is available in print wherever books are sold and at Amazon for ebooks, with wider distribution coming soon. For more information visit http://seedsaversseries.com or buy online at http://amzn.to/19xynAD.  The names of the first two books in the series are Treasure and Lily.

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For more information about Ms. Smith or the Seed Savers Series, or to schedule an interview,  call S. Smith at 503-362-6591 or email   authorssmith@gmail.com.

 

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