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Common Reading 2019: Adam Flynn and Andrew Dana Hudson

"Sunshine State"

"Emergency alerts buzzed on both sides of the sledge, yielding a moment of frenetic peace as everyone checked their phones and goggles."

—Adam Flynn & Andrew Dana Hudson

Discussion Questions

1. Why do you think the title of this story is "Sunshine State"?

2. How does this story relate to our world today?


Derek Martin is the Sustainability Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty at Susquehanna University. He received a MS in Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan and a MS in Accounting and his BA in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University. 

Introduction by Derek Martin

Adam Flynn and Andrew Dana Hudson

Adam Flynn is a writer, researcher, and strategist looking at the intersections between complex systems and complex humanity. His work includes shaping perceptions around emerging technology, public health messaging, and analyzing how we talk about the future (and how we don't.) He lives in Oakland, California. 

Andrew Dana Hudson is an award-winning speculative fiction writer. He studies sustainability at Arizona State University and researches artificial intelligence narratives at the Center for Science and the Imagination. His fiction envisions the lived experiences just around the corner in our post-normal world, and the struggle to make good choices that can navigate our civilization through the climate crisis. Andrew has previously worked in journalism, political consulting, and healthcare innovation. His nonfiction writing has appeared in Slate, among others. He also serves as an associate editor at Holum Press, which publishes Oasis, a Phoenix-based journal of anti-capitalist thought.

In-Class Activities

1. Have students research the effects of climate change in their world today. Have them share their findings in small groups or with the class.

2. Split students into small groups of 3-5. Have students think of ways that they could help the environment while here at SU. Encourage students to participate in their ideas outside of the classroom.