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A sub genre of science fiction set in the far far future near the end of the Earth\'s life or even the end of time. The main themes are world weariness, innocence, and the lose of innocence, idealism, entropy, the depletion of resources, etc. Dying Earth often occurs, though not always, after some sort of Post Apocalyptic event that changes the earth. Or their might be an inevitable Apocalyptic Event that marks the final end to a Dying Earth period (such as the sun burning out or all resources exhausted).As there may be Apocalyptic or Post Apocalyptic themes, Dying Earth may include or be included as part of the Apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic sub-genres of Science Fiction

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The Book Of New Sun

by Gene Wolfe

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Besides Vance\\\'s Dying Earth series, Wolfe\\\'s Book of the New Sun stands out as one of the premier Dying Earth tales. Beautifully poetic, intelligent and just plain charming, Book of the New Sun must be read.
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Tales Of The Dying Earth

by Jack Vance

The father of the Dying Earth subgenre. Tales of The Dying Earth is to \\\"Dying Earth\\\" what Lord of the Rings is to Epic Fantasy. Dying Earth never was fully formed and shaped as a concrete idea until Vance wrote this series. Highly highly influential books.
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Hyperion

by Dan Simmons

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The pathos of a Dying Earth tale combined with some of the best space opera out there merged with some literary conversions. Basically, Hyperion has it all. You won\\\'t get bored with this series. One of the best fantasy books ever written.
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Locus Science Fiction
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Arthur C. Clarke
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Nightwings

by Robert Silverberg

Introducing the first installment of IDW's new Essential Science Fiction Library, a series of titles handpicked by Sci-Fi legend Harlan Ellison. In the Hugo Award-winning Nightwings, as the Watcher is led from his vigil by Avluela the Flier, the invaders come and conquer. Now, headed for the Holy City - home of the Rememberers, keepers of the past - the Watcher hopes to recapture his youth and find the beautiful woman he loves. But Avluela holds more than love for the Watcher - and mankind. She knows of the riddle to free all men.
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The Time Machine

by H. G. Wells

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Travel to the future when the earth is on it\\\'s last legs. An original \\\"dying earth\\\" before it was even conceived as a genre.
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The Night Land

by William Hope Hodgson

This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends in a fresh new format. From Shakespeare s finesse to Oscar Wilde s wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim s Progress and Othello. As an anthology that invites readers to immerse themselves in the masterpieces of the literary giants, it is must-have addition to any library.
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Viriconium

by M. John Harrison

Available to American readers for the first time, this landmark collection gathers four groundbreaking fantasy classics from the acclaimed author of Light. Set in the imagined city of Viriconium, here are the masterworks that revolutionized a genre and enthralled a generation of readers: The Pastel City, A Storm of Wings, In Viriconium, and Viriconium Nights. Back in print after a long absence, these singular tales of a timeless realm and its enigmatic inhabitants are now reborn and compiled to captivate a whole new generation.
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The City And The Stars

by Arthur C. Clarke

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Men had built cities before, but never such a city as Diaspar; for millennia its protective dome shutout the creeping decay and danger of the world outside. Once, it held powers that rules the stars. But then, as legend had it, The invaders came, driving humanity into this last refuge. It takes one man, A Unique to break through DiasparÂ’s stifling inertia, to smash the legend and discover the true nature of the Invaders.
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The Dancers At The End Of Time

by Michael Moorcock

Enter a decaying far, far future society, a time when anything and everything is possible, where words like 'conscience' and 'morality' are meaningless, and where heartfelt love blossoms mysteriously between Mrs Amelia Underwood, an unwilling time traveller, and Jherek Carnelian, a bemused denizen of the End of Time. The Dancers at the End of Time, containing the novels An Alien Heat, The Hollow Lands and The End of All Songs, is a brilliant homage to the 1890s of Wilde, Beardsley and the fin de siecle decadents, satire at its sharpest and most colourful.
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The Einstein Intersection

by Samuel R. Delany

The Einstein Intersection won the Nebula Award for best science fiction novel of 1967. The surface story tells of the problems a member of an alien race, Lo Lobey, has assimilating the mythology of earth, where his kind have settled among the leftover artifacts of humanity. The deeper tale concerns, however, the way those who are "different" must deal with the dominant cultural ideology. The tale follows Lobey's mythic quest for his lost love, Friza. In luminous and hallucinated language, it explores what new myths might emerge from the detritus of the human world as those who are "different" try to seize history and the day.
Nebula
Hugo
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Stand On Zanzibar

by John Brunner

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Songs Of The Dying Earth

by George R.R. Martin

short stories influenced by Vance\\\'s Dying Earth.
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Dark Is The Sun

by Wilbur Smith

The Congo. Situated at the heart of sub-Saharan Africa, it is a place where men die for diamonds. For love. And for the unholy pleasure of others…

Bruce Curry is the leader of a mercenary band with the dubious support of three officers. His mission: To relieve a diamond-mining town cut off by the fighting and retrieve a priceless consignment of diamonds. Along the way, he meets a beautiful Belgian woman. Shermaine is a dream come true. But the rest of Curry’s journey is about to become a living nightmare.

Ranged against his ill-disciplined unit are bandits, guerillas, and hostile tribes that infest the land. In a sinister atmosphere of omnipotent evil, Curry fights to stay alive—and protect Shermaine, his one true love. But to do so, he must face another, even deadlier enemy: one of his own men…

 

 

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Villjamur

by Mark Charan Newton

Following in the footsteps of writers like China Miéville and Richard K. Morgan, Mark Charan Newton balances style and storytelling in this bold and brilliant debut. Nights of the Villjamur marks the beginning of a sweeping new fantasy epic.

Beneath a dying red sun sits the proud and ancient city of Villjamur, capital of a mighty empire that now sits powerless against an encroaching ice age. As throngs of refugees gather outside the city gates, a fierce debate rages within the walls about the fate of these desperate souls. Then tragedy strikes—and the Emperor’s elder daughter, Jamur Rika, is summoned to serve as queen. Joined by her younger sister, Jamur Eir, the queen comes to sympathize with the hardships of the common people, thanks in part to her dashing teacher Randur Estevu, a man who is not what he seems.

Meanwhile, the grisly murder of a councillor draws the attention of Inspector Rumex Jeryd. Jeryd is a rumel, a species of nonhuman that can live for hundreds of years and shares the city with humans, birdlike garuda, and the eerie banshees whose forlorn cries herald death. Jeryd’s investigation will lead him into a web of corruption—and to an obscene conspiracy that threatens the lives of Rika and Eir, and the future of Villjamur itself.
 
But in the far north, where the drawn-out winter has already begun, an even greater threat appears, against which all the empire’s military and magical power may well prove useless—a threat from another world.
 
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