Climate Change Fiction

Climate fiction, or climate change fiction, popularly abbreviated as cli-fi (modelled after the assonance of "sci-fi") is literature that deals with climate change and global warming. Not necessarily speculative in nature, works of cli-fi may take place in the world as we know it or in the near future. University courses on literature and environmental issues may include climate change fiction in their syllabi. This body of literature has been discussed by a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and Dissent magazine, among other international media outlets.

The Water Knife
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
New York 2140
Flight Behavior
The Windup Girl
The Year of the Flood  (MaddAddam, #2)
American War
Gold Fame Citrus
The Road
MaddAddam (MaddAddam, #3)
Memory of Water
Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)
The Drowned World
Blackfish City
We Are But A Moment by Ulrich BaerThe Rain Never Came by Lachlan WalterDowndrift by Johanna DruckerThe Rain Watcher by Tatiana de RosnayThe Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
Yet Another Climate Fiction List
22 books — 6 voters
The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-WellsStation Eleven by Emily St. John MandelDarwinia by Robert Charles WilsonAlien Earth by Megan LindholmHeavy Weather by Bruce Sterling
The End Was Near
32 books — 2 voters

Oryx and Crake by Margaret AtwoodThe Windup Girl by Paolo BacigalupiThe Water Knife by Paolo BacigalupiThe Year of the Flood by Margaret AtwoodFlight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Cli-Fi: Climate Change Fiction
228 books — 338 voters
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie DimalineForty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley RobinsonThe Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci LloydLove in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia BlockFloodland by Marcus Sedgwick
Best Fiction Books on Climate Change
11 books — 2 voters

Kate Wilhelm
The winters were getting colder, starting earlier, lasting longer, with more snows than he could remember from childhood. As soon as man stopped adding his megatons of filth to the atmosphere each day, he thought, the atmosphere had reverted to what it must have been long ago, moister weather summer and winter, more stars than he had ever seen before, and more, it seemed, each night than the night before: the sky a clear, endless blue by day, velvet blue-black at night with blazing stars that mo ...more
Kate Wilhelm, Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang

Jason Dias
You ask if I miss having my vision. And I give you polite answers and deflections so you won't worry about me. But I'm not afraid of blindness. I made sure when I was young to see everything. The ocean, the sky, every kind of person on Earth, all the animals that were left before they were gone. I even saw space from inside, the Earth as it trailed away behind us - even if only in my mind. I've seen sunrise on Mars and my own baby, though she's nearly grown up now and doesn't talk to me much. "I ...more
Jason Dias, Finding Life on Mars: A novel of isolation

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UC Berkeley Climate Fiction Group Join the UC Berkeley Libraries 2019 Climate Fiction Reading Challenge.
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Climate Fiction from Diverse Authors This list focuses on centering the imaginations of authors on the margins for the purposes of in…more
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A Human's Approach to Adaptation
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Escape from Atlantis: or, the Inundation of the Florida Keys
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