K.E. Lanning books in order
K.E. Lanning is an American author of commercial literary fiction and speculative science fiction.
Born in Houston, Texas, Lanning grew up in Friendswood, Texas, a small town of open fields dotted with huge live oaks—a rural oasis—and yet nearby to NASA’s Space Center.
Lanning is best known for writing the climate fiction trilogy, The Melt, where she explores society, humanity, and our future.
Each of the novels in the trilogy received excellent Kirkus Reviews, with the final installment, Listen to the Birds, the recipient of Best New Novels of 2019 from Kirkus Reviews. Lanning is currently writing a screenplay for A Spider Sat Beside Her, the first book in the trilogy.
In addition to writing fiction, Lanning has also published a series of book reviews and author interviews, key among them being Claire Vaye Watkins, Kazuo Ishiguro, Hugh Howey, Margaret Atwood, Emily St. John Mandel, Andy Weir, and Cixin Liu.
Genres: Fantasy / SF, Literary Fiction
- The Melt Trilogy: A Spider Sat Beside Her, The Sting of the Bee & Listen to the Birds (2019)
The Melt Trilogy
- A Spider Sat Beside Her (2018)
- The Sting of the Bee (2018)
- Listen to the Birds (2019)
Detailed book overview
THE MELT TRILOGY are novels of speculative science fiction with an eco-fiction emphasis, delving into the relationship of humans to the Earth.
K.E. Lanning writes in a wry, allegorical style, challenging readers to explore, from the safety of their reading chair, what the political and social consequences might be if “The Melt” really happened on Earth...THE MELT TRILOGY: A Spider Sat Beside Her, The Sting of the Bee, and Listen to the Birds
The Melt Trilogy
Lowry Walker escapes to the stars, taking a graduate position on the new International Space Station. Her dissertation includes gathering Landsat data over Antarctica, now exposed after global warming has melted the ice caps, but her mission is to heal herself after divorcing an abusive husband.
However, the danger is just beginning--a terrorist attack on the space station embroils her into a political nightmare. In a world drowned by rising seas, territorial battles erupt across the globe, with strong governments stealing land from the weak. Canada and America have merged into the United States of Amerada, with a corrupt political ring in control, and who utilize the assault for their own political purposes. And Lowry is the inconvenient witness...
Catastrophic global warming has melted the ice caps and John Barrous will stop at nothing to stake his claim on the rich, virgin continent of Antarctica.
After the murder of his wife, John escapes urban strife for the quiet life of farming. He and his fifteen-year-old daughter join in a United Nations PR event, but the Oklahoma-style land rush turns into a race against ruthless, armed competitors...and a corrupt politician determined to control this new land.
After catastrophic global warming melts the ice caps, humans desperate for land colonize a de-iced Antarctica. Once-homesteader John Barrous, thrust into the presidency of this fledgling nation, must navigate his way through political landmines to create an environmentally balanced society.
When a university expedition, including John's daughter and his former lover, Lowry Walker, is abducted by a charismatic cult leader, John races to save them--but intrigue reigns as the ensuing turmoil of the rescue exposes a traitor in his inner circle.