While no academic work is truly solitary, edited collections are especially communitarian. This book is the product of a transnational web of scholars, writers, artists, and editors, not to mention the trillions of nonhuman organisms that made our work (and all of human life) possible. Thanks to the nematodes for recycling soil nutrients to enable agriculture; to the trees for producing the oxygen that we breathe every day; and to the bacteria and other microbes that comprise over half of the cells in our bodies. Human friends and colleagues also provided critical support, including Dominic Boyer, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Jeff Diamanti, Soo Go, Eva-Lynn Jagoe, Eduardo Lage-Otero, Michael Maniates, Shama Rangwala, Imre Szeman, and Juria Toramae. We thank Chantal Bilodeau for her early contributions. We are grateful to the University of Minnesota Press and our editor, Doug Armato, for supporting this unique project, and we acknowledge the generous assistance of Yale-NUS College, which provided a subvention grant that enabled the inclusion of full-color artwork. We want to express our gratitude to the countless creative thinkers whose work inspired this project, especially Octavia E. Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin, Hayao Miyazaki, Marge Piercy, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Rebecca Solnit. Above all, we thank the authors and artists for their willingness to join us on this journey.
Matthew would like to thank, in particular, Juria for her intellectual, artistic, and emotional support and Trout Fishing in America, Blue, and Maggie for their love and affection. As always, he is grateful for family: Elizabeth Schneider, Anna Schneider-Mayerson, Hal Mayerson, Rebecca Edwards, and Louis Mayerson, among others. This kind of work would not be possible (or fun) without comrades to talk and think with; thank you to Joni Adamson, Jodi Dean, Kei Franklin, Greta Gaard, Jesse Goldstein, Louis Ho, Steffani Jemison, Stephanie LeMenager, Elaine Tyler May, Ella Dawn McGeough, Kevin P. Murphy, David N. Pellow, Daniel J. Philippon, Karen Pinkus, Elizabeth Povinelli, Elise Rasmussen, Alexa Weik von Mossner, Benjamin Wiggins, Audrey Yeo, and Natasha Zaretsky. A residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity as part of the Banff Research in Culture “Year 2067” program offered an ideal location to share ideas and think about desirable futures. Friends and colleagues at Yale-NUS College were supportive throughout this process, especially Michael Maniates, Marvin Montefrio, Brian McAdoo, Ma Shaoling, Nicole Constable, Joseph F. Alter, Anju Paul, Catherine Sanger, Nick R. Smith, Stuart Earl Strange, Ajay Mathuru, Matthew Stamps, Joanne Roberts, and President Tan Tai Yong. He is indebted to the students in his 2018 “Foundations of Environmental Humanities” and 2019 “Ecotopian Visions” courses at Yale-NUS for their thoughtful discussion of selected chapters. To them, and to you, he says: gyebale!
Brent would not have had the time and space to complete this project without the care, love, and support of Alexandra Carruthers. The companionship of George helped, too, including his constant demand: “Be better!” In the course of editing this book, Brent spoke with many colleagues, comrades, and friends. If you talked and he’s missed your name here, hit him up for a copy of the book! Thanks to Adam Carlson, Marija Cetinic, Amy De’Ath, Jonathan Dyck, Danine Farquharson, Veronica Hollinger, David Huebert, Mariève Isabel, Rob Jackson, Aaron Kreuter, Lauren Kirshner, Katie Lewandowski, Karla McManus, Tanner Mirrlees, Sean O’Brien, Joseph Ren, and Jill Stanton. Thanks also go to his family (and their animal companions) especially Barbara and Hope, who shared their home in fall 2017, and also to Brent Sr., Wendy, Rebecca, William, Josten, Blue, Max, and Lily; Leigh Ann and Pearl; and Clyde and Lindsay. Thanks are also due to Adrienne for the vital work of helping to bring new hope to the world.