Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm.
But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories.
Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME focuses on life after the apocalypse.
Post-apocalyptic fiction is about worlds that have already burned. Apocalyptic fiction is about worlds that are burning. THE END IS NIGH is about the match.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction by John Joseph Adams | The Balm and the Wound by Robin Wasserman | Heaven is a Place on Planet X by Desirina Boskovich | Break! Break! Break! by Charlie Jane Anders | The Gods Will Not Be Chained by Ken Liu | Wedding Day by Jake Kerr | Removal Order by Tananarive Due | System Reset by Tobias S. Buckell | This Unkempt World is Falling to Pieces by Jamie Ford | BRING HER TO ME by Ben H. Winters | In the Air by Hugh Howey | Goodnight Moon by Annie Bellet | Dancing with Death in the Land of Nod by Will McIntosh | Houses Without Air by Megan Arkenberg | The Fifth Day of Deer Camp by Scott Sigler | Enjoy the Moment by Jack McDevitt | Pretty Soon the Four Horsemen are Going to Come Riding Through by Nancy Kress | Spores by Seanan McGuire | She's Got a Ticket to Ride by Jonathan Maberry | Agent Unknown by David Wellington | Enlightenment by Matthew Mather | Shooting the Apocalypse by Paolo Bacigalupi | Love Perverts by Sarah Langan.
©2014 John Joseph Adams & Hugh Howey (P)2014 John Joseph Adams & Hugh Howey
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4 out of 5 stars
By GhostMuppet on 10-01-15

A very enjoyable start to the Apocalypse

The first book in a trilogy of short series based around the apocalypse. This book concentrates on before the apocalypse (whatever it will be).

There were some really high calibre stories in this anthology. The following are all my 4 stars and above. Rarely do i get this many high ratings in an anthology.

“Heaven is a Place on Planet X” by Desirina Boskovich
“The Gods Will Not Be Chained” by Ken Liu
“Wedding Day” by Jake Kerr
“In the Air” by Hugh Howey
“Spores” by Seanan McGuire
“She’s Got a Ticket to Ride” by Jonathan Maberry

As always where will be some stories that do nothing for me. The following were all rated 1.

“Removal Order” by Tananarive Due
“Love Perverts” by Sarah Langan.

There were a couple of 2 stars as well, but the rest were inbetween.

The narration was generally of high calibre. There was 1 bad narration (Removal Order) and this could have impacted on my verdict for the 1 star.

Looking forward to the second book, which i will read/listen to nearer the release of the third book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Irishimpstixx on 10-02-18

Great shorts

Perfect for when you don't want a full scale book but just want a quick story fix

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jon on 14-05-14

Amazing, couldn't put it down!

Where does The End is Nigh rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my favorite audio books, and I have listened to quite a few. I prefer short story anthologies and every single piece in this book was a new gem.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The End is Nigh?

I loved that so many of these stories came at the apocalypse premise from unusual directions. Every time the world is going to end in a different way, and the character viewpoints are also very different so each new story brings a different perspective. Sometimes the protagonists are likely to live, sometimes they don't make it to the last paragraph. As a reader, the uncertainty makes each story exciting.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

It was great to hear famous podcast voices such as Mur Lafferty, Tina Connolly, Kate Baker, Jack Kincaid, Norm Sherman and others who consistently deliver clear, evocative story narrations - these are artists at the top of their craft delivering excellently edited performances.

Any additional comments?

John Joseph Adams compiled a GREAT set of stories in this anthology. I can't wait for the next book in this series to be released!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 19-10-16


Adams is my favorite editor. He has a good sense of what I like, better than any other editor. I will admit there are a lot of losers in this for me. If you are not capable of skipping stories you know early on, your not going to like than stay away from this, or most anthologies. There were seven stories I liked a lot. Mathew Mathers had the best story in my opinion. There were also good entries from David Wellington, Hugh Howey, Ben H. Winters, Jack McDevit and Robin Wasserman. Four of the stories were okay and six stories that I skipped after figuring out early they were not for me. Some of the stories did not get me excited, but got me excited for the next entry in the series. Scott Sigler's story was okay, but sounds like it will get a lot better.

P.S. I know those of us who like anthologies are few, but I do hope that audible brings back the Science Fiction/Anthology category and that they keep it up to date this time. It would be so nice to be able to go to one place to find the anthologies I am interested in.

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