Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse

Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse

John Joseph Adams

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 1783291508

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


For decades, the apocalypse and its aftermath have yielded some of the most exciting short stories of all time. From David Brin’s seminal “The Postman” to Hugh Howey’s “Deep Blood Kettle” and Tananarive Due’s prescient “Patient Zero,” the end of the world continues to thrill. 
This companion volume to the critically acclaimed WASTELANDS offers thirty of the finest examples of post-apocalyptic short fiction, with works by:

Ann Aguirre
Megan Arkenberg
Paolo Bacigalupi
Christopher Barzak
Lauren Beukes
David Brin
Orson Scott Card
Junot Díaz
Cory Doctorow
Tananarive Due
Toiya Kristen Finley
Milo James Fowler
Maria Dahvana Headley
Hugh Howey
Keffy R. M. Kehrli
Jake Kerr
Nancy Kress
Joe R. Lansdale
George R. R. Martin
Jack McDevitt
Seanan McGuire
Maureen F. McHugh
D. Thomas Minton
Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling 
Ramsey Shehadeh
Robert Silverberg
Rachel Swirsky
Genevieve Valentine
James Van Pelt
Christie Yant

Award-winning editor John Joseph Adams has once again assembled a who’s who of short fiction, and the result is nothing short of mind-blowing.

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bunk, her back to me, as always. She had not moved. I turned back to the reflection. I could hardly see the outline of myself, just Rae’s face smiling out of that cloud. “Rae,” I whispered, “is that you?” “Come on, Daddy,” said the mouth in the mirror, “that’s a stupid question. Of course it’s me.” “But… You’re… you’re…” “Dead?” “Yes… Did… did it hurt much?” She cackled so loudly the mirror shook. I could feel the hairs on my neck rising. I thought for sure Mary would wake up, but she

expeditions proved fruitful. There are more than two hundred people in town now, most of them people that Winters brought in. It’s a real town, too. We have electricity and a library, and plenty of food. And a doctor—a real doctor that Winters found a hundred miles from here. We got so prosperous that the Sons of the Blast heard about us and came back for a little fun. Winters had his militia beat them off and hunt down the ones who tried to escape. Nobody but the old commune people remember

“Then they rebound instantly, forming brand-new particles of matter, and seeding the next cycle of the twelve-dimensional cosmos.” She spread her two hands violently, to illustrate. “Our former bodies will expand to the size of galactic superclusters.” Angelo was eyeing her. “I hope our bodies overlap.” He wore a shy, eager smile. “Given what you and I know, Rabbiteen, we might as well be the last man and woman on Earth.” He laid his hand on her thigh, but not too far up. “I’ve thought that

lame version of so we meet at last. “Is it like your place?” “Pretty much.” “This is the sketch book I was telling you about. I’m almost out of pages. But I like this one—” I broke off, conscious that he was studying me, not the book. “Do I look… different than you expected?” It was an issue for some people that my father was a different color than my mother. Fervently I hoped that wouldn’t be the case for Austin; he shook his head quickly, eyes dropping to the floor and then back to mine

Arek called me father, and I was not his father. But he came from Hilde’s body; she gave her life to give him breath, and loved him, ugly and misshapen as he was, as she held him to her empty breasts while her heart pushed the last few liters of blood through her worn-out body. Not a drop of pap came from her into his mouth. He had already sucked her dry. But for that moment she loved him. And for her sake—and for his, at first, I will be honest here—I tried to treat him well, to teach him and

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