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
Shadow & Claw (The Book of the New Sun #1-2)
The Eyes of the Overworld (The Dying Earth #2)
The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun, #1)
Sword & Citadel (The Book of the New Sun #3-4)
The Claw of the Conciliator (The Book of the New Sun, #2)
Cugel Saga (The Dying Earth #3)
Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance
The Pastel City
Rhialto the Marvellous (The Dying Earth #4)
As the Curtain Falls
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
39 books — 63 voters

La terra morente by Jack VanceZothique by Clark Ashton SmithL'ombra del torturatore by Gene WolfeAwake in the Night Land by John C. WrightThe Night Land by William Hope Hodgson
All Dying Earth Books
45 books — 9 voters

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Carolina Cody Aldaz
There are only a few planets with life. It is an oddity. It is really difficult to have the necessary conditions not only to support life but also to maintain the life inside a planet.-Loto
Carolina Cody Aldaz, The Guardians of the Earth Type Planets

Jack Vance
I am not Cugel the Clever for nothing!
Jack Vance, Tales of the Dying Earth

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