Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Ooh! Post Apocalyptic Lit!

I have a soft spot in my heart for Post Apocalyptic Literature. Some great stories can come out of it (The Road, anyone?). John Joseph Adams, assistant editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction has an anthology coming out in January called Wastelands.

The End of the Whole Mess by Stephen King
Salvage by Orson Scott Card
The People of Sand and Slag by Paolo Bacigalupi
Bread and Bombs by M. Rickert
How We Got In Town and Out Again by Jonathan Lethem
Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels by George R. R. Martin
Waiting for the Zephyr by Tobias S. Buckell
Never Despair by Jack McDevitt
When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth by Cory Doctorow
The Last of the O-Forms by James Van Pelt
Still Life With Apocalypse by Richard Kadrey
Artie's Angels by Catherine Wells
Judgment Passed by Jerry Oltion
Mute by Gene Wolfe
Inertia by Nancy Kress
And the Deep Blue Sea by Elizabeth Bear
Speech Sounds by Octavia E. Butler
Killers by Carol Emshwiller
Ginny Sweethips' Flying Circus by Neal Barrett, Jr.
The End of the World as We Know It by Dale Bailey
A Song Before Sunset by David Grigg
Episode Seven: Last Stand Against the Pack in the Kingdom of the Purple Flowers by John Langan

Look at that lineup! Stephen King, Octavia Butler, George Martin, Lethem, Gene Wolfe! Gaaaah!

Yeah, I'll find a copy of this one somewhere, somewhen. The King, I know, is in one of his own collections and the Butler has been previously collected (it's a great one!), but this is one hell of an anthology!

Damn, that's a great lineup. Great website, too. I'll be browsing it at greater length later.

Thanks to Tobias Buckell for the link.


Jen said...

i love post apocalyptic lit too... it would be cool if you made a post recommending some postapocalyptic books you liked. hmm.. or maybe i'll start a thread on fbs tomorrow and see what people say. i need new books.

anyway, i agree, the books looks yummy and i hope i can get my hands on it soon.

Joe said...

Great idea! I'll start thinking about post apocalyptics and see what I can come up with.

Aaron Wilson said...

Nice. I will have to add this to my list.

Anonymous said...

It also fascinates me - that's how i found your blog in the first place, via a comment you left on mine about The Road (which I still don't think is scifi, but hey :-)

Check out Wikipedia's list of Apocalyptic fiction:

I'll also contribute with a list of stuff I have read / want to.

Jen said...

i actually analyzed that list a couple of days ago and made a lot of notes to find some books... and then i saw one of them in my boyfriend's bookshelf, talk about luck :D

Anonymous said...

I have a weakness for the post apocalyptic. I've written several other stories in the post apocalyptic mode, and my novel that came out in November, SUMMER OF THE APOCALYPSE, as you can tell by the title, is in that mode.

I saw an interesting review of my and McCormac's THE ROAD, where the reviewer didn't like THE ROAD much at FANTASTIC REVIEWS at http://www.geocities.com/fantasticreviews/road_summer_apocalypse.htm