"The Future of the Planet: Concerns and Hopes" Selected Stories

Environmental Humanities

Editors: Yusuf Gökkaplan, Duygu Oylubaş Katfar

Cappadocia University Press: 34
Environmental Humanities Series: 3

ISBN: 978-605-4448-13-5

Certificate No: 43348

Series Editor: Sinan Akıllı
Redactor: Duran Can Gazioğlu
Cover Design: Nazile Arda Çakır
Page Design: Adem Şenel

Keywords: 1. Utopia, 2. Dystopia, 3. Story, 4. Youth Literature.

One of our young writers says “Man had to say something to man, this is the most basic nature”. Turkish youth also tell the readers something on the future of the planet in the 22 stories in this book, consisting of works that were awarded the second prize in the Traditional High School Children’s Short Story Competition, organized for the second time in 2021 by the Cappadocia University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Turkish Language and Literature. These stories tell us how the past, present and future are not to be separated from each other, in a time scale stretching from 1453 up to December 3200, with works of various types ranging from object narratives in which objects speak, to climate-fiction type and apocalyptic fictions, reminding us of our responsibilities. A criticism of technology, culture and various systems of human society is presented with great maturity by young writers, on the other hand, not a shallow demand to destroy all these systems but a call for reshaping within rational and ethical frameworks is forwarded. In this book, a window of hope for tomorrow opens up from today’s world where there is so much to worry about: “Where there is hope, there is life. If there is hope, there is a future. If there is hope, we exist.”

This work, being the third publication of the Environmental Humanities Series of Cappadocia University Publications, actually describes itself the best. Because what the readers will find in these pages, will be “soil, a sprout and a book”.

Sinan Akıllı
Series Editor

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