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“What are the best Climate & Environmental Fiction Books?” We looked at 17 lists and 118 different books to answer that very question. Of the 118 total books 33 appeared multiple times.

What can be found in a Best Climate and Environment Fiction Books Listicle:

  • The phrase “Cli-Fi”
  • Trilogies by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Green and Blue imagery
  • Apocalypse’s
  • Reminders of scientific facts that should be common sense but somehow still aren’t


The Top 33 Climate and Environmental Fiction Books


33) Back to the Garden by Clara Hume

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Back to the Garden by Clara Hume


32) Breathe by Sarah Crossan

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Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan


31) Dune by Frank Herbert

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Dune by Frank Herbert


30) Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach

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Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach


29) Exodus by Julia Bertagna

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Exodus by Julia Bertagna


28) Fallen Angels by Larry Niven

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Fallen Angels by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Michael Flynn


27) From Here by Daniel Kramb

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From Here by Daniel Kramb


26) I’m With the Bears: Short Stories from a Damaged Planet edited by Mark Martin

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I’m With the Bears- Short Stories from a Damaged Planet


25) Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

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Love in the Time of Global Warming (Love in the Time of Global Warming #1) by Francesca Lia Block


24) Nature’s Confession by JL Morin

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23) River of Gods by Ian McDonald

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River of Gods (India 2047 #1) by Ian McDonald


22) Snowpiercer by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette

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Snowpiercer- The Escape (Transperceneige #1) by Jacques Lob, Jean-Marc Rochette (Illustrations)


21) State of Fear by Michael Crichton

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State of Fear by Michael Crichton


20) The Color of Distance by Amy Thomson

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The Color of Distance (The Color of Distance #1) by Amy Thomson


19) The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson

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The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson


18) Watermind by M. M. Buckner

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Watermind by M. M. Buckner


17) Drowned Cities By Paolo Bacigalupi

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The Drowned Cities (Ship Breaker #2) by Paolo Bacigalupi


16) Drowning Towers By George Turner

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Drowning Towers by George Turner


15) 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

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2312 Kim Stanley Robinson


14) A Friend of the Earth by T.C. Boyle

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A Friend of the Earth by T.C. Boyle


13) Arctic Rising by Tobias Buckell

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Arctic Rising (Arctic Rising #1) by Tobias S. Buckell


12) The Healer: A Novel by Antti Tuomainen

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The Healer- A Novel by Antti Tuomainen


11) The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

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The Water Knife Paolo Bacigalupi


10) Far North by Marcel Theroux

Appears on: 4 Lists
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Far North by Marcel Theroux


9) The Drowned World by J. G. Ballard

Appears on: 5 Lists
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The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard


8) The Sea and Summer by George Turner

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The Sea and Summer by George Turner


7) Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Appears on: 6 Lists
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Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver


6) Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker #1) by Paolo Bacigalupi


5) The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi


4) Solar by Ian McEwan

Appears on: 7 Lists
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Solar by Ian McEwan


3) Science in the Capital Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson

Appears on: 7 Lists
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Green Earth (Science in the Capitol) by Kim Stanley Robinson


2) Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich

Appears on: 8 Lists
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Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich


1) Maddaddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood

Appears on: 9 Lists
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Maddaddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood



The Additional 85 Titles Appearing on a Single List


 

  • A Being Darkly Wise by John Atcheson
  • A River Runs Through It and Other Stories, Norman Maclean
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad
  • Alien Species Intervention
  • Antarctica
  • Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
  • Back to the Garden by Clara Hume
  • Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  • Blue Remembered Earth
  • Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest
  • Carbon Dreams by Susan M. Gaines
  • Climate Changed: A Personal Journey Through Science by Philippe Squarzoni
  • Energized by Edward Lerner
  • Extinction
  • Fifty Degrees Below
  • Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick
  • Freedom,” Franzen
  • Game of Thrones
  • Grass, Sheri S. Tepper
  • Greenhouse Summer by Norman Spinrad
  • Greenhouse: It Will Happen in 1997
  • In Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin
  • It’s the End of the World As We Know It by Saci Lloyd
  • Kamikaze L’Amour: A Novel of the Future
  • Lilith’s Brood, by Octavia Butler
  • Lonesome No More!
  • Make Room! Make Room!
  • Maximum Ride” series by James Patterson
  • Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta
  • Milwaukee the Beautiful
  • Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
  • Mother of Storms
  • My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Hayao Miyazaki
  • Orleans, Sherri L. Smith
  • Out of the Deeps
  • Red Rock by Kate Kelly
  • Sacred Space
  • Shackleton’s Man Goes South by Tony White
  • Shadow Country, Peter Matthiessen
  • Sixty Days and Counting
  • Slapstick
  • Snapper
  • Starvation Ridge by Risa Bear
  • Stormteller by David Thorpe
  • The Alchemist and The Executioness, by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias Buckell
  • The Art of Fielding
  • The Baron in the Trees, Italo Calvino
  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  • The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  • The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future by Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway
  • The Coming of the Global Superstorm
  • The Death of Grass
  • The Doubt Factory
  • The Drowning Cities
  • The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
  • The Ice People
  • The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan
  • The Kraken Wakes
  • The Lorax, by Doctor Suess
  • The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Magic Goes Away” by Larry Niven
  • The Monkey Wrench Gang, Edward Abbey
  • The New Atlantis” by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Quiet War, by Paul McAuley
  • The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  • The Sheep Look Up
  • The Shell Collector, Anthony Doerr
  • The Siphoners
  • The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson
  • The Summer Book, Tove Jansson
  • The Tamarisk Hunter
  • The Twig Stories series by Jo Mitchell
  • The Wind from Nowhere
  • The World in Winter
  • War With the Newts
  • Welcome to the Greenhouse edited by Gordon Van Gelder
  • When the Killing’s Done, T.C. Boyle
  • Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem
  • Wolf Willow: A History, a Story, and a Memory of the Last Plains Frontier, Wallace Stegner
  • Zoogoing

The 17 “Best Climate & Environmental” Book Lists Consulted

 

 

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