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Climate fiction

1pamur
Redigerat: dec 18, 2020, 2:33pm

Books like The Water Knife, good solid fiction exploring the possible paths we might be taking in the future. This is essentially a niche of dystopian sci-fi.

2AnnieMod
dec 18, 2020, 2:42pm

Nancy Kress's new novella Sea Change.

A lot of the novels by Kim Stanley Robinson fit here as well: 2312, New York 2140, The Ministry for the Future, Green Earth (or the older trilogy variant of it)

Ballard's The Drowned World of course.

32wonderY
dec 18, 2020, 3:32pm

A short thread from last year in an out of the way Group:

https://www.librarything.com/topic/307675

It has some good links to lists and essays.

4andyl
Redigerat: dec 22, 2020, 4:29am

America City by Chris Beckett (focuses on a US general election).
Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling.
Clade by James Bradley
Perihelion Summer by Greg Egan

5Mike__M
dec 18, 2020, 11:22pm

The Wall by John Lanchester

7anglemark
dec 21, 2020, 10:39am

>4 andyl: The first time I've seen Wodehouse recommended as climate fiction! :)

(Wonky touchstone!)

8andyl
dec 22, 2020, 4:29am

>7 anglemark: Doh! Thanks I will fix the touchstone

9Milda-TX
dec 22, 2020, 2:21pm

Hidden Girl and Other Stories
The Parable of the Sower series, which my daughter reports is horrifying.
The Road -maybe climate, not sure
Gold Fame Citrus
The Grapes of Wrath - not sci fi but definitely climate/environment-related story.
Early Riser - implies climate
A Closed and Common Orbit -environmentalism but not necessarily climate.
The Fifth Season

10ORTeacher
dec 22, 2020, 6:54pm

The Overstory - Richard Powers

11karenb
Redigerat: dec 22, 2020, 8:48pm

Permafrost (2019) by Alastair Reynolds
Blackfish City (2019) by Sam J. Miller
Want (2017) by Cindy Pon
The summer prince (2013) by Alaya Dawn Johnson
the two Matteo Alacran books (2002, 2013) by Nancy Springer
Helliconia spring (1982) by Brian Aldiss

ETA: The highest frontier by Joan Slonczewski

12guppyfp
dec 22, 2020, 9:34pm

"The Netherlands Lives with Water" - a short story by Jim Shepard, which I read in Best American Short Stories of 2010

13susanbooks
dec 23, 2020, 10:46am

Seconding The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. It's the first book in a trilogy that I read for the first time this summer & I'm starting over again now w/my partner. SO GOOD!

14andyl
dec 23, 2020, 11:14am

>13 susanbooks:

Although The Fifth Season isn't set on Earth and does not feature an analogue of real-world cultures causing climate-change. You could say that of the Helliconia books too. I guess it depends on how tight a brief the OP has on climate change. I don't see either Helliconia of Fifth Season "exploring the possible paths we might be taking in the future."

I have also just remembered Flood by Stephen Baxter. He also wrote the Northland series which features climate change but that is historical fantasy so again doesn't really explore any possible paths.

15susanbooks
Redigerat: dec 23, 2020, 12:47pm

>14 andyl: The Fifth Season is indeed set on Earth, just an Earth in the far future after we've ruined everything almost irrevocably.

16aspirit
dec 23, 2020, 5:55pm

Solarpunk is Hopepunk within the dystopian CliFic. Two anthologies I know of are Solarpunk Summers and Solarpunk Winters, both edited by Sarena Ulibarri.

17theodarling
dec 23, 2020, 6:30pm

The best eco-fiction/adjacent I've read in the last 2 years:

Hollow Kingdom (Kira Jane Buxton)
Radicalized (Cory Doctorow)
The Divers' Game (Jesse Ball)
Future Tense Fiction: Stories of Tomorrow (anthology)
Moss (Klaus Modick)
Fauna (Christiane Vadnais)

18smgaines
dec 24, 2020, 10:18am

Blaze Island by Catherine Bush
Beautifully written, set in a near future that looks like now, a story about a climate scientist who escapes with his daughter to a Newfoundland island, Shakespeare's The Tempest underpinning the plot

19pamur
jan 5, 6:02pm

Thanks everybody. I am aware of some of these, but many are interesting new possibilities. Climate change is here. Right now. Sci-fi is always an effective way to start thinking about unfamiliar problems.

20Shrike58
jan 18, 10:26am

I'm going to be reading Gamechanger in the coming month, which has a setting coming out of the "Long Emergency," and I'll be posting a review when I'm done.