Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse / Edition 1

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse / Edition 1

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by John Joseph Adams, Orson Scott Card, Paolo Bacigalupi, Cory Doctorow
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1597801054

ISBN-13: 9781597801058

Pub. Date: 01/01/2008

Publisher: Night Shade Books

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 tales of catastrophe, chaos, and calamity. Gathering

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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 tales of catastrophe, chaos, and calamity. 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.

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ISBN-13:
9781597801058
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
529,008
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

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Wastelands 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
Wastelands is a book containing 22 short stories of life after an apocalypse. The editor did a really good job at picking stories detailing a variety of different world ending scenarios and the struggles of those left to rebuild society and start over. Some of these stories are just so-so....nothing special or memorable. Others, though, were really great. There are some that take place in the near future and some that take place so far away in time that people aren't even recognizable as people anymore. Some of these stories are very sad and don't show much hope for humanity, while others end on a very optimistic and happy note...a fresh start. "All of them explore one question: What would life be like after the end of the world as we know it?" If you are into the Post-Apocalyptic sub-genre, then this is definitely a book you should check out.
Dierckx More than 1 year ago
Somebody once said that after a disaster there is always at least one survivor to tell the story to others. But what if you are the sole survivor and there is no-one else on Earth to talk to? Long ago I read a SF-story (or should I say a post-apocalyptic story? Oh well, what's in a name?) about a man who was not only the sole survivor of the human species but of all existing life including vegetation. Because of his injuries he could only crawl. After several months he finally reached the Ocean, crawled into the water and died. His decomposing body would provide the Ocean with atoms and molecules so that in a far future, new life could emerge from it. Because of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and the Cold War, post-apocalyptic literature was popular. But the fall of the Berlin Wall meant also the end of post-apocalyptic literature. Today there is a revival of this genre. Probably because adventure and the possibility of starting all-over have a kind of charm. Maybe the most notorious example is Cormac McCarthy who received the Pulitzer-Price for his novel 'The Road'. In this collection, you won't find stories where an invasion by Aliens or an uprising of Zombies are responsible for wastelands all over the globe. The editor of this anthology, John Joseph Adams, says that they could be the subject for another anthology. The best thing I can do right now is to give you the name of each author and the title of his/her story. The End of the Whole Mess - Stephen King Salvage - Orson Scott Card The People of Sand and Slag - Paolo Bacigalupi Bread and Bombs - M. Rickert How We Got In Town and Out Again - Jonathan Lethem Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels - George R.R. Martin Waiting for the Zephyr - Tobias S. Buckell Never Despair - Jack McDevitt When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth - Cory Doctorow The Last of the O-Forms - James Van Pelt Still Life with Apocalypse - Richard Kadrey Artie's Angels - Catherine Wells Judgement Passed - Jerry Oltion Mute - Gene Wolfe Inertia - Nancy Kress And the Deep blue Sea - Elisabeth Bear Speech Sounds - Octavia E. Butler Killers - Carol Emshwiller Ginny Sweethips' Flying Circus - Neal Barret, Jr. The End of the World as we Know It - Dale Bailey A Song Before Sunset - David Grigg
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are a few stories that drag and dissapoint but there are others that keep you wanting to know more about that world. Very solid collection of readings and lots of fun read. Great book to pick up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great collection of short stories about t he end of the world.
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BluePhoenix More than 1 year ago
A couple of the stories did bore me a bit but there were many others that I found rather interesting. Quite a few of the stories were rather original as well, which can be hard to do with all the apocalypse out there. Overall, a good read.
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sooziq7441 More than 1 year ago
Quick, easy read with a little bit of everything in dealing with an apocalypse. Hopeful, hopeless, happy and sad. If you enjoy this sub-genre you will enjoy this book.
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Driftglass More than 1 year ago
This book presents a sweet collection of end of the world tales, each providing a rather unique take on the end of the whole mess. The editors were careful to select stories that deviated from the normative apocalyptic tale. Ruined landscapes and mutated humanity humanity abound, but with intelligent twists, and unexpected outcomes. There is one stand-out story by Jerry Oltion, Judgement Passed, in which a starship crew returns to Earth only to find evidence leading some to conclude that the "Rapture" has occurred during their absence. It has led our group to some wonderful conversations about the nature of reality, individual and group perspective. That story alone is worth the purchase!
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Severian More than 1 year ago
This book has great heights and low, low, lows. While the apocalypse from a religious perspective is in some ways warranted, I skipped those stories that discussed it, simply because I'm not interested and don't want to entertain 'their' fantasies. Some stories were just tasteless ("How we got in to town and out again", "Ginny Sweethips..."), and others were poignant and beautiful ("Never Despair", "Waiting for the Zephyr"). Altogether, a thoroughly average compilation that does its elegant and intriguing cover art wrong. Many of the stories in this book are actually free on the book's website, by the way.
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TheGrotesque More than 1 year ago
'Wastelands' is a very solid anthology of post-apocalyptic fiction, with contributions from some of the leading authors writing in the field. A good starting place for anyone interested in the sub-genre or anyone wanting to come back and revisit it.
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