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From the Book of Revelation to The Road Warrior, from A Canticle for Leibowitz to The Road, storytellers have long imagined the end of the world, weaving eschatological tales of catastrophe, chaos, and calamity. In doing so, these visionary authors have addressed one of the most challenging and enduring themes of imaginative fiction: The nature of life in the aftermath of total societal collapse.
Gathering together the best post-apocalyptic literature of the last two decades from many of today's most renowned authors of speculative fiction - including George R. R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King - Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means to remain human in the wake of Armageddon. Whether the end of the world comes through nuclear war, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm, these are tales of survivors, in some cases struggling to rebuild the society that was, in others, merely surviving, scrounging for food in depopulated ruins and defending themselves against monsters, mutants, and marauders.
Wastelands delves into this bleak landscape, uncovering the raw human emotion and heart-pounding thrills at the genre's core.
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-18-17
IF IT GLOWS, DON'T PICK IT UP
(LAS VEGAS) IT'S SO CLOSE TO HELL YOU, CAN SEE SPARKS (SPARKS, NEVADA)
I got this because I love the subject matter and Adams is my favorite editor and collector of short stories. If you find THE LIVING DEAD, pick it up, it has some great stories in it. This book is also not originals, but a sort of best of, according to Adams.
THE END OF THE WHOLE MESS
I was very disappointed in this collection. There were way more losers in this collection than most and I felt the book was a wasted credit and I am usually pretty forgiving when it comes to anthologies. The following authors had good stories: Stephen King, Paolo Bacigalup, George RR Martin and Neal Barrett Jr. There were a couple that were okay, but not many. Usually, if I have four or five good stories in a collection, I am happy, but that is if the rest are not awful. The number of stories, that were boring, were so many, that it over rode the good. I will not get the sequel.
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By Kindle Customer on 01-21-15
Collections are hit and miss.
The book had some real awesome shorts and some real duds. I was torn on ★ rating. overall it was so up and down I couldn't hate it nor love it. Narration was also all over. I would say don't waste a copy edit and if you can buy for less than a 5 spot.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful