Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse

John Joseph Adams

Language: English

Pages: 331

ISBN: 1597801054

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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.

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need for sexual dominance. It's genetically encoded so to speak, and it's not long before they're trying to turn this Eden into another fallen world. It's sex that does it, violent male sex—rape, actually. In other words, sex that's more about the violence than the sex. And certainly nothing to do with love. Which, when you think about it, is a pretty corrosive view of male sexuality. The more things change the more they stay the same, I guess. Wyndham, though. Wyndham heads out on the

have helped her understand what had happened to Wayne in the last month, since the bottom had dropped out of the world, the least manifestation of which was the drying up of the torrent of words that poured from his mouth, and the most dramatic example of which was . . .was crazy— —then cleaned the guns— —one at a time, Wayne stripping each of the pistols in turn while Jackie trained the rifle on the rope barrier, then the rifle as Jackie aimed the policeman's automatic—she could have broken

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Renquat has taken the day off to take several kids to the park. I am not invited, probably because I hate Becky Renquat and told her so several times during the school year, pulling her hair, which was a stream of white gold so bright I could not resist it. It is Ralph Paterson's birthday and most of the little kids are spending the day with him and his dad at The Snowman's Cave Amusement Park where they get to do all the things kids used to do when snow was still safe, like sledding, and

decision. Man must meet man, and together they would face the worm-things. He kept his eyes closed. But he stood. And spoke. Again they froze in mid-step. This time the sound was no muffled scream. It was soft, almost hissing, but it was too clear to be misunderstood. Both flash beams swung wildly now, for seconds. Then one froze. The other hesitated, then joined it. Together they formed a pool of light against a distant part of the tunnel wall. And in the pool stood—what? "My God," said

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