Year of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Other Degree Name/Area of Focus
Department or School/College
Christopher Dombrowski, Erin Saldin
climate fiction, wilderness journey, horse, light, alien
University of Montana
Environmental Studies | Literature in English, North America
My thesis is a work of fiction wherein I imagine some of the potential transformations climate change will bring to the planet. Lightman is set in the near future with a touch of science fiction. The novel explores the power of community and the importance of multiple perspectives and knowledge systems. The plot revolves around the struggles of a group of characters living in a post-apocalyptic moment created by climate change. In this time, all modern infrastructure collapses, leaving my characters to learn how to survive without benefit of technology while traveling through a wilderness. They will encounter risks to their survival that will test their friendships, introduce them to unexpected strangers, and ultimately teach them to depend upon one another.
Marbut, Cynthia Ann, "LIGHTMAN" (2021). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 11730.
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