Compelling Climate Fiction To Read Before It Becomes Nonfiction

By NYPL Staff
September 8, 2023

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Climate fiction, cli-fi for short, deals with the impact of climate change on the earth and on society. Spoiler: it's never good! Cli-fi might seem like a bummer to read given how close to reality some of it might feel, but it can be a compelling way to engage with issues that are fundamental to life on earth now and in the future. What's certain is that this genre is growing as more authors, of both literary fiction and speculative and science fiction, are choosing to tell stories through the lens of a world dramatically altered by changes to earth's climate.

Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.