This is a continuation of the Speculative Fiction Glossary Project posts. For the complete genre index click here.
What is the Dying Earth Genre?
A genre that features stories set in the far future, close to the end of the earth’s planetary lifespan, or at the end of time. The earth/universe has been exhausted, rather than destroyed by an apocalyptic event.
- The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolf
- The Dying Earth by Jack Vance
- Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton
- The Dancers at the End of Time by Michael Moorcock
I’ve filed this one under cross genre, as these far futures sometimes feature humanity so evolved/advanced that it’s indistinguishable from fantasy. Why do you think dying earth hasn’t been explored as much as its close cousin apocalyptic fiction?