Year of Award


Document Type


Degree Type

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Name

Environmental Studies

Other Degree Name/Area of Focus

Writing Focus

Department or School/College

Environmental Studies

Committee Chair

Phil Condon

Commitee Members

Christopher Dombrowski, Erin Saldin


climate fiction, wilderness journey, horse, light, alien


University of Montana

Subject Categories

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.

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