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Wastelands : Stories of the Apocalypse - Stephen King


Published: 1st January 2008
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Presents a collection of short stories from such authors as Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, John Langan, and Octavia E. Butler that focus on the end of the world.

Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon - these are our guides through the Wastelands . . .

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.

Complete with introductions and an indispensable appendix of recommendations for further reading, Wastelands delves into this bleak landscape, uncovering the raw human emotion and heart-pounding thrills at the genre's core.


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what a waste of money

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      totally misleading info on the back jacket buyer beware

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      Introduction—John Joseph Adams
      The End of the Whole Mess—Stephen King
      Salvage—Orson Scott Card
      The People of Sand and Slag—Paolo Bacigalupi
      Bread and Bombs—M. Rickert
      How We Got Into Town and Out Again—Jonathan Lethem
      Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels—George R. R. Martin
      Waiting for the Zephyr—Tobias S. Buckell
      Never Despair—Jack McDevitt
      When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth—Cory Doctorow
      The Last of the O-Forms—James Van Pelt
      Still Life with Apocalypse—Richard Kadrey
      Artie’s Angels—Catherine Wells
      Judgment Passed—Jerry Oltion
      Mute—Gene Wolfe
      Intertia—Nancy Kress
      And the Deep Blue Sea—Elizabeth Bear
      Speech Sounds—Octavia E. Butler
      Killers—Carol Emshwiller
      Ginny Sweethips’ Flying Circus—Neal Barrett, Jr.
      The End of the Word as We Know it—Dale Bailey
      A Song Before Sunset—David Grigg
      Episode Seven: Last Stand Against the Pack in the Kingdom of the Purple Flowers—John Langan
      Appendix: For Further Reading

      ISBN: 9781597801058
      ISBN-10: 1597801054
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 352
      Published: 1st January 2008
      Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.8
      Weight (kg): 0.42