Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Review by Mary Rose-Shaffer
Night Shade Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781597801058
Date: 15 January 2008 List Price $15.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse is an inspired collection. Be prepared; as the title suggests this is in no way light reading. The introduction by John Joseph Adams gives a short history of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction. Closing the collection with a lengthy list of "Recommended for Further Reading" Adams highlights some seminal works and some of the current ones representing the genre. The talented authors' stories collected here are diverse and challenging – intellectually and emotionally. It is a credit to the realistic and intriguing portrayals that I can only read one piece at a sitting, needing an interval to think and do something else before reading further. From official release/information:
Product Description: 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 Revelations to The Road Warrior; from A Canticle for Leibowitz to The Road, storytellers have long imagined the end of the world, weaving tales of catastrophe, chaos, and calamity. 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.
(Source: Night Shade Books)