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The End - Visions of Apocalypse [Kindle Edition]

N. E. White
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Snap! The world didn't end on December 21st, 2012! Oh, well, look on the bright side: There's plenty of time to read this excellent anthology of apocalyptic stories.

NEW AND IMPROVED! We've upgraded the images in this file. Though some may still have problems with the very last story, its readability has been enhanced for the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle Fire. For anyone unhappy with their previous version, please download the newest file. If you are still unsatisfied, please email the editor (nilaewhite (at) gmail (dot) com) to receive a copy of our second anthology, Lucky or Unlucky? 13 Stories of Fate, absolutely free!

This compilation brings together short stories by award-winning science fiction and fantasy authors Hugh Howey, Michael J. Sullivan and Tristis Ward, with fresh, new voices selected by their peers at - all brought to you in this first-of-its-kind anthology.

Each story explores a different end of the world. What is the limit of a computer virus? Can we save the world by stopping time itself, or will we just wither away in the relentless winds of the apocalypse?

Grab your copy now before the end of the world, and find out.


Contributors include: Hugh Howey, Michael J. Sullivan, Michael Aaron, Liam Baldwin, R. F. Dickson, Wilson Geiger, Norman Gray, Stephen “B5” Jones, G. L. Lathian, Igor Ljubuncic, Pete McLean, and Tristis Ward

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About the Author

Igor Ljubuncic is a physicist by vocation and a Linux geek by profession. He is the founder and operator of the website, where you can learn a lot about a lot. Before dabbling in operating systems, Igor worked in the medical hi-tech industry as a scientist. He really likes to write, particularly in the fantasy genre, and has been doing so since the tender age of ten summers. You can learn more about Igor's writing on his book series website,

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  • File Size: 6656 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,380 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, short SF gems January 26, 2013
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I find it amazing that writers can still come up with original ideas in a genre that has been raked over and over again to extract every pebble of inspiration. These are stories of the highest caliber and are beautifully written. A treasure trove and a delight.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Collection of Short Stories March 6, 2013
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Overall, this is a pretty good selection of science fiction and fantasy short stories: I enjoyed most of them, but like any other collection there were one or two I didn't care for very much. A couple of them could be the outlines for full-length novels. About the only two improvements I would have for this collection is to (a) put in a table of contents, and (b) the last story in the compilation appears to be a bunch of jpg images or something and is unreadable.

I originally picked this up for free during a Kindle promotion, and as I type up this review I see the compilation is still free vs. its normal price of 99 cents. You'll get more than 99 cents of entertainment value out of this one, so f you are a science fiction fan I would recommend grabbing this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! April 17, 2013
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I bought this and it was a bargain at 99 cents. I would've paid three times that if I knew it was going to be so good.
As I write this, it's free. If I got it now, this would be the first time I got something free of such high quality.

Some of the stories were excellent, some were good, and they were all written well. Actually, I don't know about the last one - it was written inside of several boxes on each page, somewhat like a graphic novel. It was impossible to read that on my Kindle since there's no way to zoom in to make the tiny text larger inside of the stupid boxes. (The editor blew it by including that story in a Kindle edition. I was looking forward to the last story, thinking that maybe the best was saved for last, and then I discovered I was now done since I couldn't read the last story. Thanks, Editor.)

Other than that, it was a great collection and if the editor does another anthology, I'll definitely buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining, if slightly uneven collection June 12, 2013
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If you are a fan of this sub-genre of sci-fi this is a great (if short) read. The stories may vary slightly in quality but they each hit the genre well and cover different ground. Sacrifice was nearly heartbreaking. Julia's Garden was fantastic. It managed to be incredibly dark and at the same time not overwrought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of stories April 29, 2013
By Maya K.
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Each story was very unique in design, ideas, and perspectives. How will the world end? Will man's self-interest and pursuit of success become his enemy? How about trying to something for the common good, with unintended consequences? Perhaps we don't know what exactly went wrong, but are just trying to survive whatever it was.

Each story puts us at the heart and mind of a character who either caused, is trying to solve, or trying to survive an apocalyptic scenario. Brilliant endings, very satisfying each one followed through to a closure.

Even as a person of faith, I was not at all offended by any story, and found "The Empty Nest" a gut busting conclusion to the series. It was very funny, and so well written. I won't spoil it. There is another story after it, or a comic strip, or something, but it was not readable. Don't really worry much about one thing missing, this book is way way beyond value vs. cost without it.

Please write another, and another, seriously!
Editing A+
Value A +
Content A+
Character development A+
Connection to character A+
Story development A+
Readability A - for last story
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Good, Some Bad March 4, 2013
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I'm all about some End of the World fiction (as if you couldn't tell by my other reviews). This one was a collection of short stories with the common theme of apocalyptic proportions. Some of these were really well written and had an original disaster, others had a scenario that's been done many times but the writing was good, and there were a few that probably should have been subjected to some heavy editing. A few of the really good ones:
"Julia's Garden" by Michael Aaron. This will make you think twice about wanting more powerful anti-biotics.
"Executable" by Hugh Howey. How nice it will be when everything has wifi, right? Keep dreaming.
The good stories outnumber the bad and there were a few that I would like to see become full-sized novel or even feature films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disturbing apocalypse anthology March 3, 2013
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As this is an anthology, I'll review each one as I read it.

25/2 - Executable: I'm not quite sure of what the apocalypse of this story was, not sure exactly how the machines took over and what they did to the world. How did they effect non-mechanical things like gavels? I understand why there might not be any new ones being made, but what happened to all the gavels made prior to the apocalypse? Did the machines break them all? That seems unlikely. The author did a good job of teasing us with the story, while still keeping the story really short. To be continued...

26/2 - Let's See What Tomorrow Brings: I liked this story because it had a different apocalypse, it wasn't the usual global pandemic, nuclear war or asteroid that feature in a lot of apocalypse story lines. I would love to read it as a full length novel.

Julia's Garden: This really played on a fear that I have of the overuse of antibiotics and the consequences that we're all going to suffer because of that. I'm not quite sure I understand why Julia felt the need to eat the bacteria from the petri dishes. It seemed that the author was trying to say that the death of everyone's gut flora also meant the dulling, if not death, of the population's sense of taste. I might have to google that. Did the appearance of 'gas gangrene' on Julia's wound signify that if people managed to hold on a little bit longer, the world wouldn't end after all? That's what I got from the final scene, which made Julia's impending suicide a little illogical.

Tick: I really liked the slightly different format of this story, where a paragraph or so from current time was followed by a flashback, which we eventually found out were journal entries made by the narrator.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Imaginative
Quirky and Imaginative
This was a very pleasant surprise.
Published 10 months ago by S.F. Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read
I would have given it four stars but I found the stories to be a bit uneven in pacing and tone for a simple read through. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars This was fun
I wasn't looking for anything deep. I just like to see the world end and to see the creative ways people can come up with to accomplish that task. That's what I received. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Caterina Runyon-Spears
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor
A few good but mostly poor. I suppose you get what you pay for. Most of the stories were not worth the time to read them.
Published 13 months ago by Steve B
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding Collection of Stories
If you enjoy post apocalyptic novels like I do, you will also enjoy this terrific book! I couldn't put it down. Who doesn't love a Hugh Howey story?
Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time on this one
I didn't get very far into this one before I gave up. Bad writing is complemented by even worse editing.
Published 15 months ago by John T. Adams III
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable anthology
I don't usually like to read short stories but I love to see others ideas of the Apocalypse and this was on sale at the time (can't beat free). Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ram-Z
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this...
Burning Alexandria was my favorite of the short stories. I enjoyed the ideas, scenarios and characters in all of them. Great read!
Published 16 months ago by Tina
3.0 out of 5 stars Mainly excellent and original
I came across this collection when I was searching for Hugh Howey after seeing "Wool" reviewed by the ABC Book Club. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cheyenne Blue
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price
As with most anthologies there are some real gems and some rocks. But overall a good addition to my apocalypse collectionm
Published 17 months ago by Russell Mckeown
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