Our new theme for the next three discussions by the Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club is "The Dying Earth," and the first book is (naturally) The Dying Earth, included in the collection Tales of the Dying Earth along with three sequels by Jack Vance. For December you need only read that first novel; but if sufficient people read more than one, the discussion might follow.
Jack Vance is one of the most remarkable talents to ever grace the world of science fiction. His unique, stylish voice has been beloved by generations of readers. One of his enduring classics is his 1964 novel, The Dying Earth, and its sequels--a fascinating, baroque tale set on a far-future Earth, under a giant red sun that is soon to go out forever.
A magnificent city existing on the ringes of the past, and on the brink of destruction, Viriconium • With a foreword by Neil Gaiman
In the future, when the Sun has expanded and is ready to go nova, few animal species remain while plants have adapted to fill animal niches. One of the few species to survive are humans, but in much-altered forms. It is here where young tribal Gren finds himself captured by an intelligent fungus with plans to colonize humans to control the world