Climate Fiction Reading List

As part of our focus on questions of energy for the 2016-2017 year, we are developing a reading group on Climate Fiction.

Here is our reading list:


Ursula LeGuin, The Word for World is Forest

Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl

Paolo Bacigalupi, The Water Knife


Resources and critical perspectives

The Atlantic Logo“Climate Fiction: Can Books Save the Planet?”, by J.K. Ullrich

A new literary genre that focuses on the consequences of environmental issues is striking a chord with younger generations—and engaging them in thinking about the Earth’s sustainability.

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The Guardian logoGlobal Warning

Unlike most science fiction, novels about climate change focus on an immediate and intense threat rather than discovery


DIssent Magazine logoCli-fi: Birth of a Genre, by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

What is the “imaginative repertoire” of climate fiction?


Wired magazine logo

Cli-Fi–That’s Climate Fiction–Is the New Sci-Fi, by Shara Tonn

Popularized by writers like Paolo Bacigalupi and Margaret Atwood, cli-fi takes climate predictions to their logical conclusions and explores how people might survive in a completely messed up world.