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Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse

Wastelands: Book 1

John Joseph Adams

An anthology of post-apocalyptic short fiction from some of the biggest names in science fiction and speculative fiction - including Stephen King, George R. R. Martin and Orson Scott Card

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.3

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse) - (2008) - essay by John Joseph Adams
  • The End of the Whole Mess - (1986) - novelette by Stephen King
  • Salvage - (1986) - novelette by Orson Scott Card
  • The People of Sand and Slag - (2004) - novelette by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Bread and Bombs - (2003) - shortstory by M. Rickert
  • How We Got In Town and Out Again - (1996) - novelette by Jonathan Lethem
  • Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels - (1973) - shortstory by George R. R. Martin
  • Waiting for the Zephyr - (2002) - shortstory by Tobias S. Buckell
  • Never Despair - (1997) - shortstory by Jack McDevitt
  • When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth - (2006) - novelette by Cory Doctorow
  • The Last of the O-Forms - (2002) - shortstory by James Van Pelt
  • Still Life with Apocalypse - (2002) - shortstory by Richard Kadrey
  • Artie's Angels - (2001) - shortstory by Catherine Wells
  • Judgment Passed - (2008) - novelette by Jerry Oltion
  • Mute - (2002) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Inertia - (1990) - novelette by Nancy Kress
  • And the Deep Blue Sea - (2005) - novelette by Elizabeth Bear
  • Speech Sounds - (1983) - shortstory by Octavia E. Butler
  • Killers - (2006) - shortstory by Carol Emshwiller
  • Ginny Sweethips' Flying Circus - (1988) - novelette by Neal Barrett, Jr.
  • The End of the World as We Know It - (2004) - shortstory by Dale Bailey
  • A Song Before Sunset - (1976) - shortstory by David Grigg
  • Episode Seven: Last Stand Against the Pack in the Kingdom of Purple Flowers - (2007) - novelette by John Langan
  • For Further Reading - (2008) - essay by John Joseph Adams

Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse

Wastelands: Book 2

John Joseph Adams

Wastelands 2 - More Stories of the Apocalypse is a new anthology of post-apocalyptic literature from some of the most renowned science fiction and fantasy authors in the field today including George R. R. Martin, Hugh Howey, Junot Diaz, David Brin and many more. It is an eclectic mix of tales that explores famine, death, war, pestilence, and harbingers of the biblical apocalypse.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction - John Joseph Adams
  • The Tamarisk Hunter - short story by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Deep Blood Kettle - short story by Hugh Howey
  • "...for a single yesterday" - novelette by George R. R. Martin
  • Animal Husbandry - short story by Seanan McGuire
  • Chiswick Messiah - short story by Lauren Beukes
  • Colliding Branes - short story by Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling
  • Ellie - short story by Jack McDevitt
  • Foundation - short story by Ann Aguirre
  • Beat Me Daddy (Eight to the Bar) - novelette by Cory Doctorow
  • A Beginner's Guide to Survival Before, During, and After the Apocalypse - short story by Christopher Barzak
  • Wondrous Days - short story by Genevieve Valentine
  • Dreams in Dust - short story by D. Thomas Minton
  • By Fools Like Me - short story by Nancy Kress
  • Jimmy's Roadside Cafe - short story by Ramsey Shehadeh
  • The Elephants of Poznan - novelette by Orson Scott Card
  • The Postman - novella by David Brin
  • When We Went To See the End of the World - short story by Robert Silverberg
  • The Revelation of Morgan Stern - short story by Christie Yant
  • Final Exam - short story by Megan Arkenberg
  • A Flock of Birds - novelette by James Van Pelt
  • Patient Zero - short story by Tananarive Due
  • Soulless in His Sight - short story by Milo James Fowler
  • Outer Rims - short story by Toiya Kristen Finley
  • Advertising at the End of the World - short story by Keffy R. M. Kehrli
  • How the World Became Quiet: A Post-Human Creation Myth - short story by Rachel Swirsky
  • Tight Little Stiches in a Dead Man's Back - short story by Joe R. Lansdale
  • After the Apocalypse - short story by Maureen F. McHugh
  • The Traditional - short story by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Monstro - novelette by Junot Diaz
  • Biographical Fragments of the Life of Julian Prince - short story by Jake Kerr

Wastelands: The New Apocalypse

Wastelands: Book 3

John Joseph Adams

In WASTELANDS: THE NEW APOCALYPSE, veteran anthology editor John Joseph Adams is once again our guide through the wastelands using his genre and editorial expertise to curate his finest collection of post-apocalyptic short fiction yet. Whether the end comes via nuclear war, pandemic, climate change, or cosmological disaster, these stories explore the extraordinary trials and tribulations of those who survive.

Featuring never-before-published tales by: Veronica Roth, Hugh Howey, Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, Tananarive Due, Richard Kadrey, Scott Sigler, Elizabeth Bear, Tobias S. Buckell, Meg Elison, Greg van Eekhout, Wendy N. Wagner, Jeremiah Tolbert, and Violet Allen--plus, recent reprints by: Carmen Maria Machado, Carrie Vaughn, Ken Liu, Paolo Bacigalupi, Kami Garcia, Charlie Jane Anders, Catherynne M. Valente, Jack Skillingstead, Sofia Samatar, Maureen F. McHugh, Nisi Shawl, Adam-Troy Castro, Dale Bailey, Susan Jane Bigelow, Corinne Duyvis, Shaenon K. Garrity, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Darcie Little Badger, Timothy Mudie, and Emma Osborne.