Cli-Fi: 10 Books About The Climate Crisis To Read Next

By Olivia Emily

4 months ago

Forget sci-fi – it’s all about cli-fi

It’s not a cheery topic, but it is something we all need to read up on: the climate crisis. Luckily, there’s plenty of writing on the environment and sustainability, from non-fiction explainers to novels exploring eco-chaos through a fictional lens. Here is the C&TH pick of the best books about climate change to get you started.

Books About Climate Change

Book cover of The Ministry for the Future

What Is Cli-Fi?

Cli-fi (aka climate fiction) is a literary genre dealing with climate change. Often including science fiction and exploring dystopian or utopian themes and societies, cli-fi is generally speculative, meaning authors muse on what might happen either in our own world’s future, or in the future of a fictional world, considering how humanity might respond to major climactic events and weather catastrophes. Popular cli-fi authors include Kim Stanley Robinson, Richard Powers, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Barbara Kingsolver.