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Books about the end of the world type stories, any suggestions?


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Initial post: 2 Jul 2012 22:26:05 BDT
C. Thomas says:
Looking for this type of story, doing a little research, nuclear holocaust, that type of thing, no film based material as have most of that covered. Thanks for any suggestions. Cheers in advance.

Posted on 2 Jul 2012 22:50:48 BDT
Three of the nuclear war scenarios spring to mind immediately
Farnham's Freehold
On The Beach
Level 7

Posted on 2 Jul 2012 22:53:30 BDT
Oracle says:
The Road
I Am Legend (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF (Mammoth Books)

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 07:57:56 BDT
P. F. Vietri says:
Try Anthony Burgess's The End of the World News. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_End_of_the_World_News:_An_Entertainment

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 08:09:17 BDT
Oracle says:
And for a lighter take there's always The Complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Trilogy of Five

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 08:32:27 BDT
Ken O'Neill says:
<b>IF</b> you're looking for post-apocalyptic material as well:-
Walter M Miller Jr "A Canticle for Leibowitz"
Roger Zelazny "Damnation Alley" (also filmed, reputedly not very well)

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 11:35:19 BDT
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Posted on 3 Jul 2012 13:12:54 BDT
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Paul Tapner says:
One Second After
The Forge Of God
The Genocides (Vintage)

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 14:57:18 BDT
nvh65 says:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dystopian_literature

# Make Room! Make Room! (1966) by Harry Harrison
# Stand on Zanzibar (1968) by John Brunner
# The Sheep Look Up (1972) by John Brunner
# Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (1974) by Philip K. Dick

Also
A Canticle for Liebowitz
The Holy Machine by Chris Beckett

Equations Of Life: Metrozone Book 1
Theories Of Flight: Metrozone Book 2
Degrees Of Freedom: Metrozone Book 3
by Simon Morden

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 17:17:32 BDT
C. Thomas says:
On the beach is outstanding. Farnhams freehold is on the list of gets. Not sure about Level 7 yet. Thanks for the great offerings :)

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 17:18:44 BDT
C. Thomas says:
Loved them all. Great fun to read too

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 17:20:50 BDT
C. Thomas says:
Mammoth book seems quite a good read with some excellent reviews. Thanks for that Oracle

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 17:29:47 BDT
C. Thomas says:
Yeah a search engine will never surpass the views of people who have actually read a book you ignorant moron. Any mupet can read the jacket etc, well maybe not you but then again, maybe you have few friends anyhow to talk too so do me a favour an stop increasing the size of my page scroll with your worthless points etc. it's a forum, google that, get the definition and try to keep up. Now trot on my friend and stop being so juvenile. Won't bother replying to any further comments from you as this says it all and can be followed by all. Chin up

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 17:32:42 BDT
C. Thomas says:
Again, some good items. One second after looks promising
Thanks a lot Paul. Checking the others too

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 17:49:33 BDT
Oracle says:
Well said :)

By the way, there are a few apocalyptic stories in A Science Fiction Omnibus. Overall it's an excellent collection.

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 18:17:52 BDT
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Posted on 3 Jul 2012 18:24:17 BDT
Anita says:
C. Thomas: you clearly stepped on someone's arrogant toes..... :)

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 19:27:02 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 21:37:07 BDT
C. Thomas says:
Thanks, that's a nice list to pick from, cheers for that, I really appreciate it.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 21:41:12 BDT
C. Thomas says:
Lol, I guess so Anita, this guy should have his own forum, he could call it me, me and me. I just love people who's come backs correct others mistakes in posts. Don't really understand his issues, it was a simple forum request, oh well, lots of great responses otherwise.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 21:53:58 BDT
C. Thomas says:
A Canticle for Leibowitz Looks like a great read, over a massive time frame. More along the lines of what I'm looking for. Thanks Ken

Posted on 4 Jul 2012 07:50:07 BDT
Paul Tapner says:
Forgot to mention:

Alas, Babylon (Perennial Classics)
The Postman [ didnt mind the film at all but the book is better]

Posted on 4 Jul 2012 07:56:44 BDT
Oracle says:
I've heard good things about The Death of Grass but never got round to reading it.

Posted on 4 Jul 2012 08:00:37 BDT
One of the best apocalyptic stories out there, though virus scenario not nuclear is Earth Abides

Posted on 4 Jul 2012 08:28:53 BDT
Ken O'Neill says:
"The Death of Grass" (John Christopher) is a slight misnomer; it should be "The Death of Grasses". I don't think it's actually a spoiler to point out that this means the death of all grain plants, including rice varieties. It's pretty much every bit as "death of civilisation" as global thermo-nuclear war, but for different reasons.

Kudos to Oracle for reminding me about it.

In a similarish vein, John Wyndham's "Day of the Triffids", "The Crysalids" and "The Kraken Wakes" all cover the downfall of civilisation. Of the 3, I'd say "Day of the Triffids" is the best, which is probably why there's at least one film and 2 tv versions of it.
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