Rajat Chaudhuri is a bilingual writer and activist. He has published fiction in English and Bengali, edited volumes of speculative and solarpunk (co-edited) stories from the Asia-Pacific and translated Bengali underground poetry and an early twentieth century memoir of a mystery author set in Calcutta’s back-alleys. His co-edited solarpunk anthology, `Multispecies Cities – Solarpunk Urban Futures’ is on Grists’s ‘The Definitive Climate Fiction Reading List’. His most recent novel The Butterfly Effect has been listed twice by Book Riot, US, the largest independent editorial book site in North America, as a ‘Fifty must read eco-disasters in fiction’ and among ‘Ten works of environmental literature from around the world’.
He is a Charles Wallace Creative Writing Fellow (2014) at the University of Chichester, UK, a Hawthornden Castle Fellow (2015), Korean Arts Council Fellow-InKo (2013) at Toji Cultural Centre, South Korea and a past resident of the Sangam House International Writers Residency.
Chaudhuri has advocated for climate issues at the United Nations, New York and is involved in climate and sustainability activism with a number of international groups. He speaks on storytelling, positive futures and climate change fiction in a variety of national and international venues including libraries and universities. Until recently he also engaged with the climate crisis and environmental issues through his popular column in New Indian Express called Eleventh Hour.
Survive the Century, a cli-fi video game, features his short fiction with those of three other writers.