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Bad Subjects welcomes articles in a diverse international range of perspectives. All articles should follow these guidelines:

  • Originality: We publish original materials.
  • Translation: We publish English, Spanish, French submissions in the original languages. Accepted articles submitted in multiple languages will be published in each language.
  • Length: Articles typically run 2,000 to 3,500 words.
  • Language: Articles must employ accessible language.
  • Citations: Do not use footnotes or bibliography. If citations are needed, cite within the essay text. However, all sources for ideas must be attributed within the text.
  • Submissions: No abstracts or queries. Send the full text of your article as an attachment, in Microsoft Word, RTF or XHTML formats.
  • Reprints: Only rarely does Bad Subjects reprint previously-published materials, and then only with good cause. Any reprint material requires express permission from the original publishers, or proof that the author retained copyright.
  • Calls for articles: Calls for all current issues are available in the News section of this website.
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Bad Subjects #89: Mass Extinction

November 30 to December 11, nations of the world will gather in Paris at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Global leaders from Pope Francis I and President Barack Obama, to California Governor Jerry Brown, have been outspoken on the need for radical and mandatory reductions in CO2 emissions to curb human-caused global warming "before it's too late!"

The elephant in the room is the looming specter of mass extinction. Mass Extinction is the ultimate “bummer” topic and truly a bad, bad subject. Is mass extinction Armageddon, the triumph of evil on Earth? Is it the opportunity for the resurrected few to enjoy eternal afterlife in Heaven? Are global warming deniers the hired lackeys of neo-capitalism, Cartesian skeptics, eternal optimists, or is the whole thing just an avoidance issue? How vulnerable is the human species to being wiped out with the herd? What's our best survival strategy? Other topics also considered.

Please become familiar with the publication’s style for intelligent readers (no footnotes, please) and submit articles as .rtf or .doc files, with “Bad Subjects 89” in Subject line, by December 31, 2015 to co-editors Thomas Powell and Molly Hankwitz, at submissions.badsubjects@gmail.com. Please include a 100 word biography, usable email address, and any images you want included (roughly 3" x 5", web resolution JPEGs, GIFs or PNGs), with source credits. Original artwork submissions related to the topic welcome as well.

Graphic above: © Lincoln Cushing 2015.

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