Today, we’ve got for you a list of the best books set in post human world. They explore the world after humans have deserted the planet for good. There are of course a lot of speculative fiction books here, but there are also a few non fiction ones. Regardless, all these novels are engaging, intelligent and wonderfully written. So without much delay lets look at books based on post human earth.
Books Based on Post Human Earth | Novels set in post human world
Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge
Set thousands of years into the future, this book follows a post human world where special location determines intellectual capacities. No one knows the force that caused these divisions, but it has been unleashed again, destroying several worlds. The story follows a family in the clutches of an alien race, and a rescue operation must be conducted to save them and save the interstellar world.
Footprints by David Farrier
Interestingly, this book is a non fiction novel. It revolves around the speculation of the future, based on climate change and our actions today. Taking a geological and environmental look at the post human world, this book probes into the legacy that mankind is going to leave behind in its wake
The Last Man by Mary Shelley
This classic by the brilliant writer of Frankenstein follows the story of the annihilation of the world by a plague of ginormous scale. Embodying the romanticism of her times in the dynamic protagonist Lionel as well as characters such as Adrian and Raymond, who are reincarnations of Percy Shelley and Byron, she crafts a supreme novel which mingles literature with sci fi.
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
This book is set in 2021, when the whole world has been ravaged by drugs, war and disease, except for a few vestiges of civilization. Our protagonist, Lauren, belongs to this group, and struggles with hyperempathy. When her family dies unexpectedly, she is forced to tackle a post human world while also battling the condition that makes her ultrasensitive.
Dying Earth by Jack Vance
This is a collection of short stories that explores a futuristic earth, in its final stages of existence. This is essentially a fantasy book, but the setting is more science fiction than fantasy. All the stories have a morbid feel to them, but that is part of the post human speculative fiction genre.
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
This non fiction delves into the impact of humans and their activities on the world, and the imprint we’re going to leave on it when we’re gone. Drawing on the expertise of various faculties of science such as engineering, geology, marine biology, zoology etc, Alan tells us how the world would flourish post humanity. He talks about the fertile and verdant life post humanity, and drives the point home that we’re the ones standing in the way of the prosperity of all other life.
Dune by Frank Herbert
This classic sci fi is the story of Paul, who lives on a desert planet where the most valuable substance is mélange – a kind of spice necessary for life. Circumstances force Paul into realizing a destiny far larger than he ever dreamed of, involving the procurement of the mélange in a post human world.
The Bohr Maker by Linda Nagata
This book follows the first post human being, Nikko, who can survive without oxygen. However, the genetically engineered program that allows him to exist is soon going to fail, as his existence permit expires. Nikko’s hopes rest on the Bohr Maker, a nanotech device that can rewrite his genetic code and extend his life. He tries to steal it from the Commonwealth, but his plan fails and now he’s on the run. He must procure this, not just for his own survival but also that of humanity.