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Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse

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ISBN: 9781597801058
Published: 01/08/2008

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ISBN: 978-1-59780-238-3
Published: 01/08/2008


FAMINE, DEATH, WAR, AND PESTILENCE:

THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE, THE HARBINGERS OF ARMAGEDDON—THESE ARE OUR GUIDES THROUGH THE WASTELANDS.

From the Book of Revelations to The Road Warrior; from A Canticle for Leibowitz to The Road, storytellers have long imagined the end of the world, weaving eschatological tales of catastrophe, chaos, and calamity. In doing so, these visionary authors have addressed one of the most challenging and enduring themes of imaginative fiction: the nature of life in the aftermath of total societal collapse.

Gathering together the best post-apocalyptic literature of the last two decades from many of today’s most renowned authors of speculative fiction, including George R. R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King, Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means to remain human in the wake of Armageddon. Whether the end of the world comes through nuclear war, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm, these are tales of survivors, in some cases struggling to rebuild the society that was, in others, merely surviving, scrounging for food in depopulated ruins and defending themselves against monsters, mutants, and marauders.

Complete with introductions and an indispensable appendix of recommendations for further reading, Wastelands delves into this bleak landscape, uncovering the raw human emotion and heart-pounding thrills at the genre’s core.
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“John Joseph Adams assembles a wide variety of apocalypse-related fiction in Wastelands ... What you end up with is a diverse anthology covering topics like religion, war, and exploration while containing elements of horror, comedy, and even sense of wonder.”
Bibliophile Stalker

“Wastelands is an excellent anthology that belongs on the shelf of any SF fan, and not just fans of post-apocalyptic fiction. It’s hard to imagine a better way to spend $15.95 on a themed collection of short fiction.”
— Matthew Appleton, Some Fantastic

“Few books have had the impact on me that WASTELANDS: STORIES OF THE APOCALYPSE did. … WASTELANDS is a great collection that gets my highest recommendation.”
— Ryun Patterson, Bookgasm