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What Is Eco Fiction? These Books Imagine The Scary Future Of Climate Change

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The scene is future Los Angeles, and it’s a bit of a nightmare. Water is a precious commodity, more expensive than gas. Violence and fire are widespread. Society has devolved into all-out class warfare, where the rich live in gated communities, hoarding the precious few resources left on Earth. Life on another planet seems to be humanity’s last hope.

That’s the premise of Parable of the Sower, a 1993 book by Octavia Butler that imagined the consequences of mass tornadoes, blizzards, and drought. Parable of the Sower falls under the niche category of “eco fiction,” a literary genre that’s developed quite the canon in the past few decades.