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

The Dying Earth (The Dying Earth, #1)
Tales of the Dying Earth
The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun, #1)
Shadow & Claw
The Eyes of the Overworld (The Dying Earth, #2)
The Claw of the Conciliator
Sword & Citadel
Cugel's Saga (The Dying Earth, #3)
The Pastel City
A Quest for Simbilis (The Dying Earth, #2.5)
The Sword of the Lictor
Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance
The Song of Achilles by Madeline MillerReaper Man by Terry PratchettHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. RowlingThe Way of Kings by Brandon SandersonHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
SFF: Best Characters
78 books — 4 voters

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted ChiangThe Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le GuinThe Golden Compass by Philip Pullman1984 by George OrwellA Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
SFF: Best Themes
14 books — 5 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
41 books — 66 voters

To Kill a Shadow by Katherine  QuinnGood Omens by Terry PratchettA Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le GuinMagic Dark, Magic Divine by A.J. LockeA Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha
SFF: Best Plot
19 books — 2 voters
La terra morente by Jack VanceZothique by Clark Ashton SmithL'ombra del torturatore by Gene WolfeLa saga di Cugel by Jack VanceAwake in the Night Land by John C. Wright
All Dying Earth Books
53 books — 10 voters

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Jack Vance
Guyal of Sfere had been born one apart from his fellows and early proved a source of vexation for his sire. Normal in outward configuration, there existed within his mind a void that ached for nourishment. It was as if a spell had been cast upon his birth, a harassment visited on the child in a spirit of sardonic mockery, so that every occurrence, no matter how trifling, became a source of wonder and amazement. Even as young as four he was expounding such inquiries as: ‘Why do squares have more ...more
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Carolina Cody Aldaz
I love the machines and I cannot allow them and the humans of Twinmortal to suffer.-Hanshin
Carolina Cody Aldaz, The Guardians of the Earth Type Planets

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