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Essential Post-Apocalyptic Books

Jason N. Mical
 
The Postman
The Postman
"The best, different because its message is not one of war, but peace"
Earth Abides
Earth Abides
"Best "Apocalypse by Plague" book"
Alas, Babylon (Perennial Classics)
Alas, Babylon (Perennial Classics)
"A classic post-nuke book"
Lucifer's Hammer
Lucifer's Hammer
"Long, but rewarding"
The New Madrid Run
The New Madrid Run
"Unique premise, ends somewhat abruptly"
The Rift
The Rift
"Long earthquake novel, but good study of racial tensions in a disaster"
The Last Ship
The Last Ship
"So well-written, it puts these others to shame.  Kind of slow, though."
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Bantam Spectra Book)
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Bantam Spectra Book)
"The classic distant-future post-nuke literature"
Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman
Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman
"Unremarkable sequel to the above"
The Stand: Expanded Edition: For the First Time Complete and Uncut (Signet)
The Stand: Expanded Edition: For the First Time Complete and Uncut (Signet)
"My favorite King book, and one of the first I read"
On the Beach
On the Beach
"Another classic, a character study of impending doom"
Riddley Walker, Expanded Edition
Riddley Walker, Expanded Edition
"Unique and delightful"
This Is the Way the World Ends
This Is the Way the World Ends
"A tad Po-Mo but not too bad."
Bangs & Whimpers: Stories about the End of the World (Roxbury Park Books)
Bangs & Whimpers: Stories about the End of the World (Roxbury Park Books)
"A great collection of stories"
V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta
"An amazing post-nuclear graphic novel"
A Gift Upon the Shore
A Gift Upon the Shore
"Written by a woman, from a woman's point of view - EXCELLENT book."
Day of the Triffids
Day of the Triffids
"The penultimate end-of-the-world, alien invasion book (also a movie)"