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In this essay I read Richard McGuire's graphic novel Here as a narratively unorthodox and sophisticated intervention in climate change debate. I seek to show that, by positioning individual narratives in proximity to one another, McGuire dramatizes the tension between historical and culturally embedded narrative frames, demonstrates the mutability of landscape over time, and offers a dramatic visualization of the impact of rising sea levels. In doing so, he demonstrates the limited world-view of the twentieth and twenty-first century subject and the ephemerality of what may seem to be, at the pace of our perception, immutable aspects of our environment. Here, I argue, is a work which might be classified under the broad genre of 'cli-fi'—science fiction which addresses the actuality of climate change, and its narrative structure is central to McGuire's engagement with this subject.