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Subject: ISO post-apocalypse books
Date Posted: 6/27/2007 9:15 AM ET
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 I'm not sure they'd fall in science fiction (and I did post elsewhere) but wanted to cover my bases....

In Search Of books about life after the end of the world as we know it, whether by nukes, germs or weather. I've read the Stephen King book, I think it was The Stand, and that was great; ditto for "Alas Babylon.". I've also tried the recent series based on Revelations, but it was not really my cup of tea.

I just read The Road, which kicked off this request. I'd like something more fleshed out ---but  that was a stunning book, deserves all the praise it got.

But it seems like an odd lack of such books, given the times we live in.

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Date Posted: 6/27/2007 9:14 PM ET
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Just a few more to look at:

There will be Dragons by John Ringo is part post-apoc part fantasy, 

Fallen Angels by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Michael Flynn

Deathlands series by Axler

River Rats by Caroline Stevermer (YA)

Empty Cities of the Full Moon by Howard Hendrix

The Day of the Tryffids by Wyndham

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Date Posted: 7/2/2007 2:23 PM ET
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My additional suggestions:

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. (the pinnacle of post-apocalyptic fiction, in my humble opinion)

The Earth Abides by George R. Stewart.

The Postman by David Brin (I swear it's better than the film!).

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (they made this into The Omega Man, but the book's better).

Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle (sure, you know the story, but why not read the original [make sure you get Boulle's novel and not some movie novelization]).

Eternity Road by Jack McDevitt.

This is the Way the World Ends by James Morrow.

Vanishing Point by Michaela Roessner (though you might want to Google "Winchester Mystery House" first so you understand the setting).

"A Boy and His Dog," a story by Harlan Ellison that appears in his collection The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World.

"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream," also by Harlan Ellison and appearing in the collection of the same name.

Both Ellison stories are also available in either edition of The Essemtial Ellison.

Boy, I really wish I had some of these books on my shelf here, since I'm advertising them...

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Date Posted: 7/7/2007 4:21 PM ET
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Robert A. Heinlein - Farnham's Freehold

I just found this list as I was trying to remember the title of that book, and I think it's nearly definitive.  Thread killer, this.

List of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction at Wikipedia:

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Date Posted: 7/8/2007 3:25 AM ET
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Alfred Bester - The Stars My Destination We might argue over whether or not it's post apocalyptic (I would say it is), but one way or another, it's brilliant.
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Date Posted: 7/8/2007 9:38 PM ET
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If you wanted a more fluff type (By fluff meaning not quite as message heavy as say Alas, Babylon which is by far one of the best books I HAD to read in school and have re-read it more than once)..... you might check out    E.E Knight's The Vampire Earth series... Way of the Wolf, Choice of the Cat, Tale of the Thunderbolt, Valentine's Rising and Valentine's Exile.

They are heavy into the military detail and definately well into the sci fi with vampire like aliens but still an engaging read.

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Date Posted: 7/9/2007 1:54 PM ET
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One of my top 20 favorite books: The Gate to Womens Country - Sheri Tepper

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Date Posted: 7/10/2007 11:26 AM ET
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Most of the books in the SciFi genre have been mentioned, with A Canticle for Leibowitz being the class of the field.

Two recent books I have read, though not strictly SciFi, also deal with this subject.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood and Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland

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Date Posted: 7/13/2007 2:39 PM ET
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This is Faith's myspace page.  She has two books out that are urban fantasy/after the apocolypse, etc.  with an interesting twist on just who and what angels are.  Bloodring is the name of the first book and Seraphs is the name of the second.  Here are some links to follow:   the first one is her website and the second is her page.



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Date Posted: 7/16/2007 10:53 PM ET
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the outlanders (with an s) are post apocolyptic and its a series

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Date Posted: 7/19/2007 3:28 PM ET
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Sterling Lanier - Hiero's Journey and The Unforsaken Hiero

Brian Aldiss - Hothouse/The Long Afternoon of Earth; Greybeard

Gordon R. Dickson - Wolf & Iron

Fred Saberhagen - Empire of the East

Clifford D. Simak - A Heritage of Stars

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sorry, double post

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Date Posted: 7/21/2007 12:58 AM ET
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The Crimson City books might fall into this - it's a paranormal and post-something-anyway world.  Each book of the series is written by a different author - check my shelf - they have the work "crimson" in the title.

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Date Posted: 7/26/2007 3:30 PM ET
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These might qualify:

Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre

Califia's Daughters by Leigh Richards

all Octavia Butler....

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Swan Song by Robert McCammon.  It's similar in theme to The Stand by Stephen King, but, and as a huge SK fan it pains me to say this, I liked Swan Song better.

I second the Octavia Butler vote.  Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents are brilliant. 


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Date Posted: 7/31/2007 12:49 AM ET
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Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling - It's the first book in a trilogy.  He also wrote an Alt History book called, The Peshwar (sp) Lancers in which the apocalypse occurred during the 19th Century.  I enjoyed both books.

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I second Fred Saberhagen's Empire of the East.  His Swords series follows in the same world, but I think it's generations later.

Redbeard by Michael Resnick is post-apoc, a challenging book but not a long epic.  In a somewhat similar setting is People of the Ax by Jay Williams or Williamson, an even shorter book but also very good.

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