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THIS WAY TO THE END TIMES: Classic Tales of the Apocalypse, gathers 21 compelling, gripping stories of the not-too-distant demise of the earth as we know it. And what a collection. From little-known, brilliant tales by sci-fi legends Jules Vernes and Olaf Stapledon, to intense short works by sci-fi masters Ursula K. Le Guin, Connie Willis, Jack Vance, and Brian W. Aldiss, to haunting works by contemporary authors Dale Bailey, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Karen Haber and Megan Arkenberg, THIS WAY TO THE END TIMES paves the road to the fantastical future, alternating humor with grit, and hope with ghastly post apocalyptic visions. Guest editor Robert Silverbergbeloved sci-fi masterhand-picked each story, and offers an introduction to each, as well as an introduction to the anthology as a whole. A unique collection for longtime and new fans of speculative fiction, THIS WAY TO THE END TIMES roars into the future wide-eyed and full speed ahead.
Complete list of authors:
Jules Verne, James Elroy Flecker, Frank Lillie Pollock, G. Peyton Wertenbaker, Philip Latham, Jack Vance, Fritz Leiber, Brian W. Aldiss, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Silverberg, James Tiptree, Jr., Malcolm Edwards, Connie Willis, Karen Haber, by Dale Bailey, Megan Artenberg, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Olaf Stapledon
|Publisher:||Three Rooms Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Robert Silverberg, editor and contributor, is one of science fiction’s most beloved writers, and the author of such contemporary classics as Dying Inside , Downward to the Earth and Lord Valentine’s Castle , as well as At Winter’s End . He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula Awards and five Hugo Awards. In 2004 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America presented him with the Grand Master Award. Silverberg is one of twenty-nine writers to have received that distinction.
Ursula K. Le Guin, contributor, is an American author of novels, children's books, and short storiHer work has often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, the natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality and ethnography.
Connie Willis, contributor, is an American science fiction/fantasy writer. She has won eleven Hugo Awards and seven Nebula Awardsmore major award than any other writer. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, and is a SFWA Grand Master. Her novels include Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog.
Megan Arkenberg, contributor, is an award-winning writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her work has appeared in over fifty publications and in anthologies such as The Apocalypse Triptych, Heiresses of Russ, and The Best Horror of the Year. She lives in Davis, CA.
Brian W. Aldiss, contributor, is an English writer and anthologies editor, best known for his short story “Super-Toys Last All Sumer Long,” the basis for the Stanley Kubrick-developed Steven Spielberg film “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.” He has two Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award, and is a Sci-Fi Grand Master.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This Way to the End Times: Classic Tales of the Apocalypse edited by Robert Silverberg is a very highly recommended anthology of 21 wildly diverse apocalyptic stories. Don't miss this collection! This collection covers the gamut from early, classic writers to recent contemporary authors. The end comes in incredible variety of ways, including the expected fire and ice scenarios, to willful extinction in many forms, to natural disasters, to "visitors" from beyond and more. The stories selected are all well written, most of them are exceptionally well written. Silverberg did a wonderful job in his selection of stories to include in this anthology. He opens the book with an introduction to the collection, where he points out: "Since apocalyptic visions are nearly universal in the religious literature of the world, and probably always have been, it’s not surprising that they should figure largely in the fantasies of imaginative storytellers." Then, before each story, he has an interesting and informative shorter introduction to the specific author and story. There are many stories in this collection that I loved, but, incredibly, didn't have even one that I disliked. I'm giving credit to the care in which they were chosen as well as the talent of all the writers included. This is a great collection of superb stories! Contents include: INTRODUCTION by Robert Silverberg THE ETERNAL ADAM by Jules Verne THE LAST GENERATION by James Elroy Flecker FINIS by Frank Lillie Pollock THE COMING OF THE ICE by G. Peyton Wertenbaker N DAY by Philip Latham GUYAL OF SFERE by Jack Vance A PAIL OF AIR by Fritz Leiber WHO CAN REPLACE A MAN by Brian W. Aldiss HERESIES OF THE HUGE GOD by Brian W. Aldiss THE NEW ATLANTIS by Ursula K. Le Guin WHEN WE WENT TO SEE THE END OF THE WORLD by Robert Silverberg THE WIND AND THE RAIN by Robert Silverberg THE SCREWFLY SOLUTION by James Tiptree, Jr. AFTER-IMAGES by Malcolm Edwards DAISY, IN THE SUN by Connie Willis THREE DAYS AFTER by Karen Haber THE RAIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Dale Bailey THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT by Dale Bailey FINAL EXAM by Megan Artenberg PRAYERS TO THE SUN by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro LAST AND FIRST MEN by Olaf Stapledon Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher/author.
The question many authors have explored is how the world will end. This is a collection of 21 stories from classic science fiction authors and present day authors and how they think the world would end. I loved how each story came up with different endings. You will read about the world ending my ice, fire, flood, aliens and so much more. It was great reading from some of my favorite authors and discovering new ones. I have to say I loved Robert Silverberg’s introductions to each story. They helped me to figure out when the author wrote the book and who they were so I could find other stories by them. I enjoyed following along as humans try to figure out their history and how one many decides to live forever but fails to grow along with the rest of humankind. If you like apocalyptic stories this is one book that you need to add to you collection. You can’t go wrong with a collection of so many classic authors. I received This Way to the End Time from Over the River PR free of charge. This has not influenced my opinion of this book.