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Wastelands (2008) [Anthology]
by Paolo Bacigalupi Dale Bailey Neal Barrett, Jr. Elizabeth Bear Tobias S. Buckell Octavia E. Butler Orson Scott Card Cory Doctorow Carol Emshwiller David Grigg Richard Kadrey Stephen King Nancy Kress John Langan Jonathan Lethem George R. R. Martin Jack McDevitt Jerry Oltion M. Rickert James Van Pelt Catherine Wells Gene Wolfe Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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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 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.


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

Original title: Wastelands
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHorrorApocalypse
FictionScience FictionBleak FuturesNuclear Holocaust/Post-Apocalypse

The following works are contained within this one:
     End of the Whole Mess, the (1993) [Short Story]
      Author: Stephen King
     End of the World as We Know It, the (2004) [Short Story]
      Author: Dale Bailey

Edition #1: Wastelands

Wastelands (2008)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: John Joseph Adams
Introduction by: John Joseph Adams
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Wastelands (2008)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: San Francisco, CA
Publisher: Night Shade Books
ISBN: 9781597801058
Pages: 333

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