Dying Earth

The Dying Earth subgenre is a sub-category of science fiction or science fantasy which takes place in the far future at either the end of life on Earth or the End of Time, when the laws of the universe themselves fail. Themes of world-weariness, innocence (wounded or otherwise), idealism, entropy, (permanent) exhaustion/depletion of many or all resources (such as soil nutrients), and the hope of renewal tend to pre-dominate.

The apocalyptic sub-genre is nearly as old as literature itself. The Dying Earth genre differs in that it deals not with catastrophic destruction, but with entropic exhaust

Tales of the Dying Earth
The Dying Earth (The Dying Earth, #1)
Shadow & Claw (The Book of the New Sun #1-2)
The Eyes of the Overworld (The Dying Earth, #2)
The Claw of the Conciliator (The Book of the New Sun #2)
The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun #1)
Sword & Citadel (The Book of the New Sun #3-4)
Cugel Saga (The Dying Earth, #3)
The Time Machine
Rhialto the Marvellous (The Dying Earth, #4)
The Pastel City
The Night Land
Skull Flowers by Jazon Dion FletcherLa terra morente by Jack VanceZothique by Clark Ashton SmithL'ombra del torturatore by Gene WolfeAwake in the Night Land by John C. Wright
All Dying Earth Books
40 books — 13 voters
Outpassage by Janet E. MorrisShadow Over Avalon by C.N. LesleySkull Flowers by Jazon Dion FletcherThe IX by Andrew P. WestonThe Secret of Excalibur by Sahara Foley
Best Science Fantasy Books
37 books — 72 voters

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