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The End is Nigh (The Apocalypse Triptych) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 1, 2014
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"Adams and Howey are a two-man tour-de-force of post-apocalyptic lit. ... Ultimately, the best thing about The End Is Nigh is how elegantly it balances on the thin line between beauty and devastation. There's no story in the book that didn't break my heart at least a little, and there's none of the twenty-two that hasn't stuck with me, hard." --Wired
Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm.
But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories.
Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME focuses on life after the apocalypse.
THE END IS NIGH features all-new, never-before-published works by Hugh Howey, Paolo Bacigalupi, Jamie Ford, Seanan McGuire, Tananarive Due, Jonathan Maberry, Robin Wasserman, Nancy Kress, Charlie Jane Anders, Ken Liu, and many others.
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My only caveat is that several of the stories suffer from the usual major plot defect of modern science fiction, since 1990 or so—monolithic, un-ironic conformity on social issues, always beating the reader over the head with whatever today’s liberal cause is. Here, naturally, it being 2014, gay characters (all of whom are wonderful heroes) abound. It being 2014, though, trans characters are lacking, and gender fluidity is not portrayed. So my conclusion is that the authors are evil bigots, and I hope they rush out stories focusing on the apocalyptic tribulations of the gender dysphoric, ASAP. And, of course, Christians are never portrayed positively; all conservative types are bad; etc. On the other hand, no story has global warming as the cause of the end of the world, so that’s something.
But if you simply ignore this, which you have to do anyway every day just watching the news, you can enjoy the stories.
I admit I picked this up because a Paolo Bacigalupi story is included, and because I'm an avid reader of apocalyptic fiction, but I quickly realized that the list of other authors for this book contains some great names and some unfamiliar ones I want to get to know better. Each author brings a distinct style and a unique "set up" to this collection, so there is no sense of repetition or rehashing the same ideas despite the common theme. Some stories brought a tear to my eye, some made me laugh out loud, and some haunted me for days after I put the book down. I can't wait for the next installment!