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Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse Paperback – January 1, 2008
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What is most remarkable about Wastelands is just how varied stories about living after the destruction of civilization is. Take Octavia E. Butler's Hugo Award winning "Speech Sounds", a story where humanity has lost the power of speech and must find other ways to communicate and society has broken down. Telling the story from the perspective of a woman named Rye, Octavia Butler is able to really give the reader a sense of the terror a woman may feel in such a situation and the emptiness of that life, of the snap anger and body language required to get by, and the barest hint of hope. "Speech Sounds" has been anthologized before, but is a truly outstanding story.
The range of stories collected in Wastelands runs the gamut from "Bread and Bombs" by M. Rickert, a post 9/11 story with kids feeling the fear of their parents, to the future history of "Dark, Dark Are the Tunnels" by George R. R.Read more ›
If the reader is looking for entertaining ways in which humans will perish from the planet, this really isn't it. If the reader is looking for ways in which humans cope with the aftermath of mass tragedy, this book really isn't all that either. But like a good collection of stories, it DOES have the entertaining bits, the humanistic bits and also the humor of human folly.
The End of the Whole Mess (Stephen King) - 5/5 - Elder brother to a genius writes his parting words before he succumbs to the disease unknowingly beset by his brother with only the best intention at heart: to save the world. 19 pages
Salvage (Orson Scott Card) - 3/5 - Mormons assist a salvager in probing the temple for the legendary promise of golden riches, as the salvager was told by other reliable truckers along the highway stretch. 15 pages
The People of Sand and Slag (Paola Bacigalupi)- 5/5 - Heavily modified truly omnivorous humans in an animal-less world discover a dog amidst their chemical wasteland and adopt it as their own after debating on whether or not to just eat the nuisance. 15 pages
Bread and Bombs (M.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This work is a collection of post-apocalyptic short stories, by some of the greatest science fiction and horror writers of the 20th century. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steven M. Anthony
I am relearning to read after brain surgery, this was a long task to read but very good. Thank YouPublished 1 month ago by Bill Clark
I was intrigued by the author list, I mean, King and Martin, how could it go wrong ? And it didn't. King's story is one of the best, although "the end of the world as we know... Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. Wark
This was an extremely mediocre collection. The first two stories were the only ones I could read to completion (and those just barely). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon customer
Never would've thought I would pick up a science fiction book but this is one hell of a book. Each story is so different and when the end happens it's so surprising and it leaves... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary E. Dixon
This is a good collection of stories about a post-apocolyptic world. Not every one is stellar but enough are to recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Suzanne
An excellent anthology of first-rate writing and complicated characters makes for an enjoyable experience.Published 4 months ago by Rachel Vega
This is a collection of short stories, most were good. A couple were duds. All in all a good read.Published 5 months ago by D. C. Cox