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Post Apocalyptic Sci Fi recommendations?

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Initial post: May 20, 2012 12:22:14 PM PDT
Donna says:
I find myself looking for a sub genre of science fiction. I have found some Indie writers out there that are so-so to fairly good. I do find that the reader reviews are tilted toward 4 and 5 stars. I don't trust these so much and always look at the one or two negative reviews to see what they say about it. If it is really poorly edited I probably won't read it. It is just too much work. Why can't the author just read through once and catch the repeated words, the "to" instead of "too" for example.

I look at The Stand as the gold standard in this type of fiction. But now there are Zombies and I can take it with or without Zombies, aliens, whatever. But I want good character development AND good story. I know that is asking a lot. I would prefer some edgy characters, some realistic ones, not just the nicey nice ones and female protagonists are even better but not necessary. As I write this I find I am asking a lot. Maybe I should write my own :-)

I really don't want to pay over $5 for it but once in a while if a book is highly recommended and right up my particular alley I will pay more.
Anyway, recommend away. I'm listening.

Posted on May 20, 2012 1:26:44 PM PDT
Chance says:
I think it'll be a bit tough to find such a novel under five dollars, given that most are published by the Big 5. So, price issues aside, I'll list some of my favorite post-apocalyptic novels. They vary quite widely in terms of subject matter,but perhaps you can find one or two that you might also enjoy.

To start with, I'll refer you to what I consider two classics of the subgenre: On the Beach by Nevil Shute, and Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. They're a bit dated, but still quite good and powerfully told.

Other post-apocalyptic novels I enjoyed:

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Eternity Road by Jack McDevitt
Deadline by Mira Grant
World War Z by Max Brooks

Posted on May 20, 2012 1:49:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 20, 2012 1:55:07 PM PDT
Glass Hammer Hardwired Hello America Damnation Alley

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 2:35:11 PM PDT
Andrew says:
I couldn't say if any of these are under $5 either, but here are some good ones I've read recently:

Seed by Robert Ziegler
Zone One by Colson Whitehead
Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood
The Old Man and the Wasteland (forget author's name)

Among the ones mentioned by Tristan, I also read and would definitely recommend The Passage, The Road and World War Z. I started the first novel of that Mira Grant series but couldn't get into it.

Hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 6:08:42 PM PDT
Donna says:
I have The Old Man and the Wasteland ready to read on my Kiindle, thanks. The others I will check out but also have read The Road and The Passage and have World War Z ready to read. Cool.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 6:19:15 PM PDT
Donna says:
Thanks, some of these are in the #7.99 range which is fine. I see so many that are around $16. Too much.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 6:27:32 PM PDT
The Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey. Pretty much everything you want in your description.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 6:29:27 PM PDT
Donna says:
I have read all of the Wool series and waiting for more.

Posted on May 20, 2012 7:01:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 20, 2012 7:03:54 PM PDT
Here are some further out in the future post-apocalyptic books. They are older books but classics.
Heritage of Stars by Clifford D. Simak.
City by Clifford D. Simak
Empire of the East by Saberhagen
Pelbar Cycle - starts with the Fall of Northgap

Near Future
Emergence by David R. Palmer
Breaking Earth by Keith Laumer
Damnation Alley by Zelazny
In Iron Years by Gordon R. Dickson
The Postman by David Brin (don't even compare to the movie)
Night of the Trolls Novella by Keith Laumer - part of his Bolo Universe.
Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham

Posted on May 20, 2012 7:24:58 PM PDT
Zacaligula says:
Depending on how into science fiction or speculative fiction you are you may be familiar with these writers, but no ones mentioned them so here goes.

Philip K. Dick is a genius, whose works are both brilliantly crafted and prophetic. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is a good post-apocalyptic tale (it inspired the movie Blade Runner) and probably his most accessible, but all his books are great.

Steve Aylett is a more modern writer with a very unique and challenging style. His stuff is pretty far out, definitely not for everyone, but once you get on his wavelength it's impossible to put down. Like PKD a writer with an uncanny satirical insight into the absurdities of civilization. Slaughtermatic is a good book to start with.

Hope you enjoy them

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 1:40:39 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 10:27:41 AM PDT
"people do not want authors plugging their own books here"

It violates Amazon's terms of service.

Posted on May 21, 2012 10:33:57 AM PDT
I apologize. I only mentioned it because I thought it fit the sub genre being discussed. However, I promise I will not do it again.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 10:38:31 AM PDT
Donna says:
I think I would not read it just by the name. Is it religious? Holes of Mare Frigoris? Is that a name?

Posted on May 21, 2012 10:44:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2012 10:44:18 AM PDT
Since they haven't been mentioned yet:

Swan Song is on par with The Stand, IMO. PA story with a fabulous unforgettable cast of characters.

Lucifer's Hammer. This is an older book but I reread it when I first got my Kindle. I think it still holds up.

Posted on May 21, 2012 10:46:43 AM PDT
Donna, I don't want to continue plugging the book here. But, let me just say that the Sowers of God is a type of eco-terrorist group and the title refers to strange holes found on an area of the moon called the "Mare Frigoris." If you e-mail me at I would be pleased to give you more details.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 10:56:20 AM PDT
Donna says:
Charlene, I still have my first copies of The Stand and Swan Song. Love them! The pages are yellowed but maybe I will read them again. Will check out Lucifer's Hammer. All these books are quite old. Thanks.

Posted on May 21, 2012 11:03:17 AM PDT
Ada Davis says:
I'm surprised that no one has listed the classic: A Canticle for Leibowitz

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 11:06:53 AM PDT
Donna says:
I went to check The Breaking Earth . Just the title sounds great. BUT it is not offered on Kindle. I reallly am not buying more books, made this promise to myself a few years ago when I downsized everything. I was using the library for books after selling and otherwise disposing of four book cases full of books. So now that I have a new Kindle Touch I never need to buy another book. I am so happy. But so sad this book is not yet for Kindle. I did mark "I would like to read this book on Kindle."

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 11:16:22 AM PDT
Donna says:
Tost: I am finding most of your recommendations are not on Kindle, boohoo...

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 12:06:29 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 12:16:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2012 12:17:15 PM PDT
Donna says:
I don't need to buy any more physical books. I will buy them on Kindle. I can have my own book case that takes up no physical space. Love it.
OK, I just have to ask: Why oh why do you authors name your books such unwieldy names? I cannot even begin to pronounce the name of your book. It also give me NO feeling of what it is about. Unless I hear of these weirdly named titles by word of mouth I will pass it up just because. Talk about stumbling....
By the way I don't think it does you good to promote your book on these reader discussions. Most don't like it and Amazon does not like it either.

Posted on May 21, 2012 12:18:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2012 12:19:43 PM PDT
Amazon more than doesn't like it. They forbid it. It is against their terms of service.
Edited to add that it says so in the very first post on this forum and most others as well. The post is titled: Important announcement from Amazon. But noone reads it.

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Posted on May 21, 2012 12:20:40 PM PDT
OOh! Also I Am Legend (RosettaBooks into Film) if you've never read it. It blows the movies based upon it out of the water.
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