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
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The Dying Earth (The Dying Earth, #1)
Tales of the Dying Earth
Shadow & Claw (The Book of the New Sun #1-2)
The Eyes of the Overworld (The Dying Earth, #2)
Hothouse
The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun #1)
The Claw of the Conciliator (The Book of the New Sun #2)
The Time Machine
Sword & Citadel (The Book of the New Sun #3-4)
The Pastel City
Nightwings
Cugel saga
Viriconium
Zothique
The City and the Stars
La terra morente by Jack VanceMondo senza tempo by Larry NivenOn the Beach by Nevil ShuteZothique by Clark Ashton SmithLa macchina del tempo by H.G. Wells
All Dying Earth Books
30 books — 6 voters
Outpassage by Janet E. MorrisShadow Over Avalon by C.N. LesleyThe IX by Andrew P. WestonThe Secret of Excalibur by Sahara FoleyExile's Gate by C.J. Cherryh
Best Science Fantasy Books
35 books — 58 voters



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C. JoyBell C.
As the earth dies your spirit will bloom; as the world fades your soul will rise and glisten. Amongst the dehydrated crevices of a desert earth you will stumble upon your diamonds; in between the dry skulls and cracked bones you will find your sapphires.
C. JoyBell C.

Carolina Cody Aldaz
You know what it is like to wake up in the middle of a bunch of corpses with a little girl in your arms scared to death?-Enyo
Carolina Cody Aldaz, The Guardians of the Earth Type Planets

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