Representations of Antarctica

Fiction, 1950- (Adult)


The following is a comprehensive list of novels (designed for an adult audience) published after 1949, written in English or translated into English, containing substantial Antarctic material. It includes fictional re-creations of real events.

[    A to E |    F to L |   M to Q |    R to Z ]

A to E

Abbey, Lloyd. The Last Whales. New York: Grove Weidenfeld,1989.

Abramov, Aleksandr, and Sergei Abramov. Horsemen From Nowhere. Moscow: Mir, 1969.

Alexander, Caroline. Mrs Chippy's Last Expedition: The Remarkable Journals of Shackleton's Polar-Bound Cat. London: Bloomsbury, 1997.
[Also published in New York: Harper Collins, 1997.]

Andrews, Sarah. In Cold Pursuit. New York: St Martin's Minotaur, 2007.
[Andrews travelled to Antarctica on a National Science Foundation grant and produced this murder mystery set at McMurdo base.]

Archer, Alex [John F. Merz]. Polar Quest. Don Mills, Ontario: Worldwide Library, 2009.
[Number 16 in the Rogue Angel series. The protagonist, Alex Archer, was envisaged as a modern day Joan of Arc.]

Arthur, Elizabeth. Antarctic Navigation. New York: Alfred A.Knopf, 1995.

Bailey, Auden. Drifting at the Bottom of the World. Ferndale, MI: Bella, 2002.

Bainbridge, Beryl. The Birthday Boys. London: Duckworth, 1991.

Baldwin, Bee. The Red Dust. London: Robert Hale,1965.

Barjavel, Rene. The Ice People. Trans. C. L. Markham. New York: Morrow, 1971.
[Translation of La Nuit des Temps. Paris: Presses de la Cite, 1968.]

Barker, Nicholas, and Anthony Marster. Red Ice. New York: St. Martin's, 1986.

Barrett, Michael. Antarctic Secret. New York: Roy, 1965. 

Bartram, George. Under the Freeze. London: Arrow, 1986.

Batchelor, Joh Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial, 1983.

Beck, Greig. Beneath the Dark Ice. Sydney: Pan Macmillan, 2009.

Bellow, Saul. More Die of Heartbreak. New York: William Morrow, 1987.

Benjamin, Phillip. Quick, Before It Melts. New York: Random House, 1964.

Billing, Graham. Forbush and the Penguins. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston; London: Hodder Fawcett, 1965.
[Adapted for the 1972 film, Cry of the Penguins, starring Hayley Mills and John Hurt.]

Blackadder, Jesse. Chasing the Light. Sydney: Fourth Estate, 2013.

Bledsoe, Lucy J. The Big Bang Symphony: A Novel of Antarctica. Wisconsin: Terrace Books, 2010.

Block, Thomas. Airship Nine. Sevenoaks: New English Library, 1985.

Boss, Judith. Deception Island. The Wild Rose Press, 2015.

Brannan, J. T. Origin. London: Headline, 2012.

Brinkley, William. The Last Ship. New York: Ballantine,1989.

Brockmeier, Kevin. The Brief History of the Dead. London: John Murray, 2006.

Browning, Scott. Searchers. Los Angeles: Cougar, 2001.

Buchan, James. High Latitudes. New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1996.

Burke, David. Monday at McMurdo. Wellington: A. H. & A. W. Reed, 1967.

Caesar, Adrian. The White. Sydney: Pan Macmillan, 1999.
[Imaginative recreation of the last days of Scott's expedition, plus Mawson's solo trek back to Cape Dension in1913.]

Cameron, Ian [D. G. Payne.] The White Ship. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975.

Carter, Nick [David Hagberg]. Operation: McMurdo Sound. New York: Ace Charter, 1982.
[One of 261 spy adventures written under the pseudonym of Nick Carter, the protagonist. The cover depicts Carter on a snowmobile, dressed in only jeans and a sweater, and backed by a pine tree forest; an unusual representation of the McMurdo Sound region!]

Carter, Nick. White Death. New York: Charter Books, 1985.

Chabon, Michael. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. New York: Random House, 2000.

Charbonneau, Louis. The Ice: A Novel of Antarctica. New York: Donald I. Fine, 1991.

Clair, Daphne. Frozen Heart. London: Mills & Boon, 1980.

Clark, Kathy. Groom Unknown. Toronto: Harlequin, 1994.

Clark, Leigh. Carnivore. New York: Leisure, 1997.

Clarke, Cassandra Rose. Our Lady of the Ice. New York: Saga Press, 2015.

Clough, Brenda W. Revise the World. Book View Press, 2008. eBook.
[Developed from the short story, "May Be Some Time", 2001.]

Cobb, James H. Choosers of the Slain. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1996.

Corley, Ernest. White-Out. London: Jarrolds Publishers, 1960.

Curran, Tim. Hive. Lake Orio, MI: Elder Signs,  2010.
[This sci fi horror was written as a sequel to H. P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness. A revised edition was published by Severed Press in 2012. Curran also wrote a sequel, Hive 2: The Spawnin. Lake Orio, MI: Elder Signs, 2010.]

Cussler, Clive. Atlantis Found. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1999.

---. Shock Wave. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

---. Treasure. New York: Pocket, 1988.

Darrieussecq, Marie. White. Trans. Ian Monk. London: Faber, 2005.

Davis, Gerry. Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet. London: Target, 1976.

Davis, John Gordon. Seize the Wind. New York: Stein and Day, 1985.

---. Leviathan. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1976.

---. Cape of Storms. Garden City: Doubleday, 1970.

Davis, Paxton. A Flag at the Pole: Three Soliloquies.1976. New York: Atheneum, 1984.

Dickie, F.E.D. Snow in Summer. Edinburgh, London: Oliver & Boyd, 1967.

Dickinson, Matt. Black Ice. London: Arrow, 2003.

Dickson, G.R. Secret Under Antarctica. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963.

Dietrich, William. Dark Winter. New York: Warner, 2001.

---. Ice Reich. New York, Warner, 1998.

Dionne, Karen. Freezing Point. New York: Jove Books, 2008.

Dorfman, Ariel. The Nanny and the Iceberg. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1999.

Eaton, Anthony. Into White Silence. North Sydney: Woolshed Press, 2008.

Eckert, Allan W. The HAB Theory. New York: Little, Brown, 1976.

Errington, Susan. Ice Letters. Sydney: Vintage Books, 2015.

F to L

Fearnley, Laurence. Degrees of Separation. Auckland: Penguin New Zealand, 2006.

Fenton, James. The Weddell Sea. Just Fiction, 2012. Kindle edition.

Follett, James. Ice. New York: Stein & Day, London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1978.
[Also published London: Mandarin, 1989.]

---. Second Atlantis. Sutton, Severn House, 1998.
[A revision of Follet's earlier novel, Ice.]

---. Three Bestselling Novels in One Volume: Ice, U700, Churchill's Gold. London: Arrow Books, 2004. 

Forbes, Stephen. False Cross. New York: Signet, 1989.

Gannett, Lewis. Magazine Beach. New York: HarperPrism, 1996.

Gemmell, Nikki. Shiver. Sydney: Random House Australia, 1997.

Golding, William. Fire Down Below. New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1989.

Graham, David. Down to a Sunless Sea. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1981.

Greanias, Thomas. Raising Atlantis. New York: Pocket Star, 2005.
[A massive earthquake in Antarctica reveals the ancient city of Atlantis.]

Griffin, John. The Antarctic Convergence. London: Robert Hale, 1979.

Gurdon, Captain J. E. The Secret of the South. London, New York: Frederick Warne, 1950.

Hackman, Gene and Daniel Lenihan. Wake of the Perdido Star. New York: Newmarket, 1999.

Hall, A. Pawn in Jeopardy. New York: Harper Paperbacks, 1954.

Harbinson, W.A. Dream Maker. New York: Walker, 1992.

Harrison, Craig. Days of Starlight. Auckland, Sydney: Hodder and Stoughton, 1988.

Harrison, Payne. Thunder of Erebus. London: Arrow, 1991.

Henrick, Richard P. Ice Wolf. New York: Harper Paperbacks, 1994.

Herbert, Marie. Winter of the White Seal. New York: William Morrow, 1982.

Hinchcliffe, Philip. Doctor Who and the Seeds of Doom. Pinnacle, 1980.

Holt, Kare. The Race. 1974. Trans. Joan Tate. New York: Delacorte/Seymour Lawrence; London: Michael Joseph, 1976.

Hunt, Rebecca. Everland. London: Fig Tree, 2014.

Innes, Hammond. Target Antarctica. London: Pan, 1993.

---. Isvik. New York: St. Martin's, 1991.

---. The White South. London: Collins, 1949.
[Also published as The Survivors.]

Irwin, Robert. The Limits of Vision. 1986. Sawtry: Dedalus, 1993.

Jackson, Deborah. Ice Tomb. Woodbridge, Virginia: Invisible College, 2004.
[Ignore the polar bear pictured on the front cover. This is a book about Antarctica.]

Jenkins, Geoffrey. A Grue of Ice. New York: Viking, 1962.

Johnson, Mat. Pym. New York: Spiegle & Grau, 2011.
[Satirical fantasy inspired by Pym's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket.]

Joseph, Robert. The Aquarius Transfer. New York: Fawcett Gold Medal, 1982.

Kalla, Daniel. Cold Plague. New York: Tor, 2008.

Kavaler, Lucy. Heroes and Lovers. New York: Dutton, 1995.

Kavan, Anna. Ice. New York: Dufour Editions, 1967.

Kelly, Vivien. Take One Young Man. London: Arrow, 2000.

Keneally, Thomas. Victim of the Aurora. London: Collins, 1977.

---. The Survivor. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1969.

Kilian, Crawford. Ice Quake. London: Futura, 1979.

Kitto, Crispin. The Antarctica Cookbook. New York: St. Martin's, 1984.

Komatsu, Sakyo. Virus. 1964. Trans. Daniel Huddlestone. San Francisco: VIZ Media, 2012.

Langley, Bob. Precipice. New York: Bantam, 1991.

---. Falklands Gambit. 1985. New York: Bantam, 1988.

Larkin, L. A. Thirst. Sydney: Pier 9, 2012.
[Thriller set on and around Pine Island Glacier.]

---. Devour: An Olivia Woolfe Thriller. London: Constable, 2016. 

Leinster, Murray. Monster From Earth's End. New York, London: White Lion, 1959.
[Originally published by Fawcett in 1959. Republished by White Lion in 1973. Adapted for the 1966 schlock-horror cult film classic, Navy vs the Night Monster, starring Mamie van Doren and directed by Michael Hoey.]

Livingston, S.N. Antarctic Fury. New York: Carlton, 1991.

Longo, Jennifer. Up to this Pointe. New York: Random House, 2015.

Lucas, Jeremy. The Longest Flight. London: Jonathan Cape, 1982.

Lupoff, Richard A. Circumpolar! New York: Timescope, 1984.

M to Q

Macpherson, Helen. Colder Than Ice. Texas: Regal Crest Enterprises, 2004.

Mariner, David. Symbol of Vengeance. London: Robert Hale & Co, 1975.

Marshall, James Vance. White-Out. London: Souvenir, 1999.
[Also published New York: Soho, 2000.]

Masello, Robert. Blood and Ice. New York: Bantam Spectra, 2009.

Mastorakis, Nico, and Barnaby Conrad. Fire Below Zero. New York: Dell, 1981.

Maverick, Liz. Adventures of an Ice Princess. New York: New American Library, 2004.

Mayer, Bob. Eternity Base. Novato: Lyford, 1996.

McCarry, Charles. The Better Angels. 1979. New York: Fawcett, 1982.

McClenaghan, Jack. The Ice Admiral. London: W.H. Allen, 1969.

McDonald, Jo. Gabriel. London: Chapman & Hall, 1964.

McLaughlin, W.R.D. Antarctic Raider. London: Harrap, 1960.

---. So Thin is the Line. London: Harrap, 1963.

McNeil, Jean. The Ice Lovers. Toronto: McArthur & Company, 2009.
[MacNeil undertook a BAS/Arts Fellowship to Antarctica in 2005/06.]

Miller, Benjamin E. Deep Current. New York: Onyx, 2004.

Mooney, Ted. Easy Travel to Other Planets. New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1981.

Moran, Richard. Cold Sea Rising. New York: Arbor House, 1986.

---. Earth Winter. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 1995.

Morris, M.E. The Icemen: A Novel of Antarctica. Novato, California: Presidio, 1988.

Mundy, Robyn. The Nature of Ice. Crows Nest, Allen & Unwin, 2009.

Neider, Charles. "The Grotto Berg." The Grotto Berg: Two Novellas. US: Cooper Square, 2000.

---. Overflight. Far Hills: New Horizon, 1986.

Nolan, Gerry. Icescape. Cammeray: Horwitz, 1980.

O'Brian, Patrick. The Wine-Dark Sea. New York, London: W.W. Norton, 1993.

---. The Far Side of the World. Glasgow: William Collins & Sons, 1984.

---. Desolation Island. Glasgow: William Collins & Sons, 1978.

O'Loughlin, Ed. Minds of Winter. London: Quercus Editions Ltd, 2016. 

Owen, M. The White Mantle. London: Robert Hale, 1967.

Pavlou, Stel. Decipher. London, Sydney: Simon & Schuster UK Limited/Simon & Schuster Australia, 2001.

Peters, Geoffrey. The Chill of a Corpse. London and Sydney: Ward Lock and Co, 1968.

Pierce, Richard. Dead Men. New York: Overlook Press, 2012.

Pinol, Albert Sanchez. Cold Skin. Trans. Cheryl Leah Morgan. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
[Originally published in Catalan as La Pell Freda. Barcelona: Ediciones La Campana, 2002. Set on an unspecified subantarctic island.]

Plowright, Kerry. Vostok Station: Point of Impact. Victoria, Canada: Trafford Publishing. 2005.

Pollock, Herbert W. None Shall Forget. Haverford PA: Infinity, 2002.

Poyer, D.C. White Continent. New York: Jove, 1980.

Preisler, Jerome. Tom Clancy's Powerplays #5: Cold War. New York: Berkely Books; London: Penguin, 2001.

Preston, Douglas, and Lincoln Child. The Ice Limit. New York: Warner, 2000.

R to Z

Raymond, Midge. My Last Continent. Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2016. 

Reeves-Stevens, Judith, and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. Icefire. New York: Pocket, 1998.

Reilly, Matthew. Ice Station. Sydney: Pan Macmillian Australia, 1998.

Reiss, Bob. Purgatory Road. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Robinson, Kim Stanley. Antarctica. London: HarperCollins, 1997.

Rollins, James. Subterranean. New York: Avon, 1999.

Rosenberger, Joseph. Death Merchant: The Atlantean Horror. New York: Pinnacle Books, 1985.

Rucker, Rudy. The Hollow Earth: The Narrative of Mason Algiers Reynolds of Virginia. New York: William Morrow, 1990.

Russell, Craig. Fragment: A Novel. Saskatoon: Thistledown Press, 2016.

Ryan, Robert. Death on the Ice. London: Headline, 2009.
[Fictionalised account of Scot's fatal expedition.]

Semple, Maria. Where'd You Go, Bernadette. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2012.

Shelby, Ashley. South Pole Station: A Novel. New York: Picador, 2017.

Smith, David. Freeze Frame. Ringwood: Penguin, 1992.

Smith, Vincent. The Last Blue Whale. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1979.Rpt. of Musco: Blue Whale. Sydney: Harper & Row, 1979.

Smith, Wilbur. Hungry as the Sea. 1978. London: Pan, 1979.

Stevens, David. White For Danger. 1979. New York: Stein and Day, 1985.

Stone, Robert. Outerbridge Reach. Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.

Tabor, James. Frozen Solid. New York: Ballantine, 2013.

Thomas, Rosie. Sun at Midnight. London: HarperCollins, 2004.

Thompson, Claire. Polar Reaction. Samhein, 2009.

Tonkin, Peter. Powerdown. London: Headline, 1999.

Turner, Ann. Out of the Ice. Sydney: Simon & Schuster, 2016.

Walker, Peter Lancaster. The Ice Sunset. London: Mitre, 1973.

Walker, Sage. Whiteout. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 1996.

Westerman, John F. C. The Looted Gold. London: Ward, Lock, 1960.

Williams, Tess. Map of Power. Sydney: Random House, 1996.

Wilson, F. Paul. An Enemy of the State. New York: Doubleday, 1980.

Woodard, Captain Ed U., and Heather Woodard Bischoff. Storehouses of the Snow. New York: Leisure, 1980.