Dystopian

Make Room, Make Room!, Harry Harrison

The novel on which Soylent Green is based (there is no “soylent green is people” line in the actual novel), this book looks at a future world in which overpopulation and lack of natural resources cause environmental and societal collapse.  Goodreads Reviews Back to GoodReads

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The Grower’s Gift, Vanna Smythe

The future is bleak in the year 2102. The planet is in chaos and the weather patterns have completely shifted, turning most of the world into an uninhabited wasteland. Sixteen-year-old Maya has a gift, a power she thinks can heal the earth and make it habitable again. Goodreads Reviews Back […]

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Dune Chronicles, Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert’s Dune Chronicles is a series of sci-fi classics that won Hugo and Nebula awards depicts water in a future world as scarce and costly. These books went on to become a successful mini-series. Goodreads Reviews Please see Frank Herbert’s son’s Brian Herbert’s continuance and additions to the Dune […]

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The Wastelanders, Tim Hemlin

America is controlled by a corporate oligarchy known as the Water Cartel and warrior-priest Joey Hawke finds himself trapped between a mysterious geneticist amassing a clone army and a group of political fanatics convinced that a dead president will rise from his tomb to lead them to salvation. Goodreads Reviews […]

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The Immortality Trip: Forever Young 2, Claude Nougat

Forever Young, a serialized novel in 4 episodes, is set 200 years from now, as life on Earth is headed for extinction. The world is divided between the ultra-rich, the One Percent, who live in gated communities and the others who don’t and suffer the full onslaught of pollution and […]

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California, Edan Lepucki

A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind’s dark nature and irrepressible resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love. Read the New York Times review. Goodreads […]

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Change, Treesong

Sarah Athraigh, an environmental activist from Southern Illinois, stumbles into the midst of a hidden war between occult factions that are grappling with the root causes and dire consequences of climate change. As she goes on the run, she soon finds herself on a journey of discovery, searching for the […]

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The Reincarnation, Chris Middings

As global warming spread north, and the environment soured, meat became toxic. Many died, but not members of the militantly vegan Medical Church of America. Like something out of Aldous Huxley, the Church is a weird mixture of fanaticism and science. As it grows in power, eclipsing governments and corporations […]

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The Carhullan Army, Sarah Hall

A novel about survival in a dystopian future in which an authoritarian government in the UK dominates a landscape now extensively under water. An imprisoned woman tries to escape to join a commune of women in fortified setting in Cumbria. Imaginative, visionary, and complex. The author, Sarah Hall, won the […]

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The Ice People, Maggie Gee

In this older climate themed novel, Maggie Gee speculates about the survival of love between men and women in a frozen future world where children are rare, child-size robots run out of control, and homosexuality is the norm. Far into the the 21st century, civilization has broken down in the […]

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Memory of Water, Emmi Itäranta

English version published June 10, 2014 (updated June 10). Click here to read our wonderful interview with Emmi. An amazing, award-winning speculative fiction debut novel by a major new talent, in the vein of Ursula K. Le Guin Global warming has changed the world’s geography and its politics. Wars are […]

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Jia Ting: The Raider Chronicles, Stephan Malone

Set five hundred years into the future, Jia Ting follows along with Kama, a mysterious elite Chosen woman exiled from her native group as she is captured by her enemy, the Polar City inhabitants to the north. Extreme climate changes in the distant future have rendered most of North America […]

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Things We Didn’t See Coming, Steven Amsterdam

It’s the anxious eve of the millennium. The car is packed to capacity, and as midnight approaches, a family flees the city in a fit of panic and paranoid, conflicting emotions. The ensuing journey spans decades and offers a sharp-eyed perspective on a hardscrabble future, as a boy jettisons his […]

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The Sea and Summer, George Turner

Francis Conway is Swill – one of the millions in the year 2041 who must subsist on the inadequate charities of the state. Life, already difficult, is rapidly becoming impossible for Francis and others like him, as government corruption, official blindness and nature have conspired to turn Swill homes into […]

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The Carbon Diaries 2017, Saci Lloyd

It’s over a year since her last diary and Laura Brown is now in her first year of university in London, a city still struggling to pull itself together in the new rationing era. Laura’s right in the heart of it; her band, the dirty angels, are gigging all over […]

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