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Literature / When The World Is All On Fire

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The 2001 science fiction story "When This World Is All On Fire" by William Sanders depicts a near-future in which fuel and land are both in short supply due to global warming. White refugees from the disaster attempt to settle on Native American reservations.

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  • The Captivity Narrative: Subverted; the main character, an Indian, takes the white girl home to her family when he catches her trying to rob a store.
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  • Gaia's Lament: Global warming leads to mass flooding and crop failures.
  • Persecution Flip: White people have nowhere to go, except the reservations that they once restricted Native Americans to.

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