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.
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.
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By thomas on 19-02-16
Would you recommend The End of the World to your friends? Why or why not?
No, the quality of the stories varied wildly.
Did Suehyla El Attar and Nicholas Tecosky do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?
Not really, they were mostly flat and boring.
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By Maliboo on 29-10-13
The Apocalypse Without Zombies
Here's an interesting idea, suppose they gave an apocalypse and no zombies came? This anthology bucks the trend of zombies ruling over the apocalypse that is so prevalent in today's science fiction and horror literature (the stories collected here were written before the recent zombie craze.)
Actually, there is one story (The Underdweller by William F. Nolan) that is somewhat zombie-like in the same way that Richard Matheson's I Am Legend is, in that the world is overrun with monsters. Exactly what kind of monsters though remains to be seen until the shock ending.
1. Introduction: Dancing Through the Apocalypse - Robert Silverberg
2. The Hum - Rick Hautala
3. Salvador - Lucius Shepard
4. We Can Get Them for You Wholesale - Neil Gaiman
5. The Big Flash - Norman Spinrad
6. Kindness - Lester del Rey
7. The Underdweller - William F. Nolan
8. Lucifer - Roger Zelazny
9. To the Storming Gulf - Gregory Benford
10. The Feast of Saint Janis - Michael.Swanwick
11. The Wheel - John Wyndham
12. Jody After the War - Edward Bryant
13. Salvage - Orson Scott Card
14. By Fools Like Me - Nancy Kress
15. The Store of the Worlds - Robert Sheckley
16. Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels - George R. R. Martin
17. "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth..." - Arthur C. Clarke
18. Afterward - John Helfers
19. When We Went to See the End of the World - Robert Silverberg
20. Flight to Forever - Poul Anderson
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By Matthew on 26-10-16
Mix of good and terrible stories.
The good stories carried the narrator, but the others only enhanced a droning and rather flat performance. Such a combination almost made me put the book down for good several times.