Famous stories of the apocalypse by the world’s best science fiction writers.
Before The Road by Cormac McCarthy brought apocalyptic fiction into the mainstream, there was science fiction. No longer relegated to the fringes of literature, this explosive collection of the world’s best apocalyptic writers brings the inventors of alien invasions, devastating meteors, doomsday scenarios, and all-out nuclear war back to with a bang. The best writers of the early 1900s were the first to flood New York with tidal waves, destroy Illinois with alien invaders, paralyze Washington with meteors, and lay waste to the Midwest with nuclear fallout. Now collected for the first time ever in one apocalyptic volume are those early doomsday writers and their contemporaries, including Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Lucius Shepard, Robert Sheckley, Norman Spinrad, Arthur C. Clarke, William F. Nolan, Poul Anderson, Fredric Brown, Lester del Rey, and more. Relive these childhood classics or discover them here for the first time. Each story details the eerie political, social, and environmental destruction of our world.
What will humanity’s demise look like?
To answer that question, veteran anthologizer Martin Greenberg selects unsettling stories from masters of apocalyptic fiction. The team of Suehyla El Attar and Nicholas Tecosky play off each other in performance of individuals and groups who face the end, or have to live in a time and world where all we now experience is long gone. Here is the world’s political, social, and environmental destruction as envisioned by geniuses of speculation, including Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Robert Sheckley, Norman Spinrad, Arthur C. Clarke, William F. Nolan, Poul Anderson, and Lester del Rey.
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No, the quality of the stories varied wildly.
Not really, they were mostly flat and boring.