Skip to comments.Science Fiction stories about a future Ice Age
Posted on 12/21/2010 4:39:02 PM PST by EveningStar
Do you know of any science fiction stories about future Ice Ages?
I've read one, the novel, Fallen Angels by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Michael Flynn
Read it online
Do you know of any other SF stories on this topic?
The Time of the Great Freeze - Robert Silverberg
List of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction
The World in Winter (UK)/The Long Winter (US)
John Christopher. A decrease in radiation from the sun causes a new ice age.
Adam Roberts. The world is buried under kilometres of unnatural snow.
First Ark to Alpha Centauri
Abdul Ahad. World governments in the 23rd century build and launch a 12-mile long generation starship to Alpha Centauri to escape a global Ice Age threatening the future of humanity.
The Mara and Dann novels Story of General Dann and Mara’s Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog: A Novel
Doris Lessing. Set in a future ice age. Other Lessing novels like Memoirs of a Survivor and Shikasta deal with apocalyptic themes.
For movies, of course, there’s “A.I.” and “The Day After Tomorrow.”
For more movies, there’s one by Robert Altman called QUINTET (1979).
I really enjoyed “Fallen Angels”. Especially the Earth-First police cracking down on inappropriate technology people use to keep warm while glaciers threaten the Northern tier cities. A very prescient book.
Also “Sunshine” (2007)
That was maybe the very worst written and most patently stupid film I have ever seen, Star Wars II and III awful. I now completely understand why, when they gave a "special screening" to a group of actual meteorologists and real (as opposed to pretend) climate scientists, the audience was roaring with the kind of laughter one expects from a pack of stoned college students watching the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup.
I found A.I., on the other hand, a far better and more entertaining film than I expected. Not great, but certainly not horrid.
Try the Twilight Zone: Midnight Sun.
Cannot remember the name of-the book or the author.
I remember a short story about a migratory group of humans who have been migrating south for centuries, ahead of a wall of glaciers. They have lost all of their culture, but carry a ‘sacred’ metal box, the last remnant of their lost civilization. Ahead of them they see a gleaming on the horizon, and it finally turns out to be from a wall of glaciers moving north to meet them.
Years later alien scientists exploring the uninhabited frozen Earth find the metal container, which contains movie film, preserved by the cold. The rest of the world is hopelessly buried under the ice, nothing else from the lost civilization has been found. The alien scientists reverse engineer motion picture projection to view the film and see the dead civilization come to life. What they see is very strange, and involves a birdlike creature having fights and collisions in his motor vehicle. The movie ends by circling around the creatures squawking face with the undecipherable words ‘A Walt Disney Production’. I do not remember the author or title.
There was a very interesting story about Neanderthals who had an entire civilization built out of ice - in diferent forms. They had cities, “airplanes”, and spacecraft also built of ice. When the ice melted all traces vanished, along with the Neanderthals, except for a few suvivors who we find traces of today.
Oh, you poor thing. Apparently you missed out on the ‘prophetic’ and equally (if not far superior) bad flick “2012”!!
I only saw about 15 minutes on an airplane flight and was laughing so hard my husband made me change the channel. ;-)
Worth reading, holds up pretty well for a 1951 scfi story. Believe you can find it online.
Yes, I remember that one, and its quirky idea of changing the climate by using heat exchanger heater/AC systems, pouring out cold air outdoors to heat buildings.
Thanks for the tip. That is another one I’ve avoided based on the previews. Stupid, ignorant, and humorless are a bad combination, but Hollywood is filled with very wealthy folks having all three as their claims to fame.
Well sorry maybe my fault. Story is about the Earth being pulled from the Sun by a rouge (?) star and freezing like at the outer edge of the solar system. Premise is bad survival strategy is worth reading
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