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Wastelands

By John Joseph Adams

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An anthology of post-apocalyptic short fiction from some of the biggest names in science fiction and speculative fiction - including Stephen King, George R. R. Martin and Orson Scott Card

An anthology of post-apocalyptic short fiction from some of the biggest names in science fiction and speculative fiction - including Stephen King, George R. R. Martin and Orson Scott Card

Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon - these are our guides through the Wastelands . . . From the Book of Revelations to The Road Warrior; from A Canticle for Leibowitz to The Road, storytellers have long imagined the end of the world, weaving tales of catastrophe, chaos, and calamity.

Gathering together the best post-apocalyptic literature of the last two decades from many of today's most renowned authors of speculative fiction, including George R.R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King, Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means to remain human in the wake of Armageddon.

Praise for Wastelands:

'Arguably my favorite anthology of all time - just packed with speculative masterworks' - Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble.com

'A first-rate anthology that quite convincingly represents the more recent SFnal view of the apocalypse' - Locus


'I can't help but give this collection the highest recommendation. I think this will be a cornerstone for most reader's shelves' - SFFWorld



'A well-chosen selection of well-crafted stories, offering something to please nearly every postapocalyptic palate' - Booklist


Biographical Notes

This anthology is collected by John Joseph Adams - the bestselling editor of many anthologies and a four-time finalist for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. He is also the editor and publisher of the magazines LIGHTSPEED and NIGHTMARE, and is the co-host of Wired.com's THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY podcast.

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  • ISBN: 9781405528832
  • Publication date: 13 Jun 2013
  • Page count: 352
Arguably my favorite anthology of all time - just packed with speculative masterworks — Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble.com
A first-rate anthology that quite convincingly represents the more recent SFnal view of the apocalypse — Locus
I can't help but give this collection the highest recommendation. I think this will be a cornerstone for most reader's shelves — SFFWorld
A well-chosen selection of well-crafted stories, offering something to please nearly every postapocalyptic palate — Booklist
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Mr Shivers

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The Remaining: Aftermath

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Bob Howard used to fix computers for the Laundry - the branch of the British Secret Service that deals with otherworldly threats - but those days are over. He's not only been promoted to active service but actually survived missions against cultists, enemy spies and tentacled horrors from other dimensions. Willingly or not, he's on his way up in this dangerous organisation.When a televangelist with connections to 10 Downing Street seems able to work miracles, the Laundry takes an interest. But an agency that answers to the Prime Minister can't spy on him themselves, and Bob's shadowy superiors come up with a compromise - they hire 'freelancers', with Bob in charge.British citizens who discover the occult are either forcibly recruited by the Laundry or disposed of, and Bob's never heard of freelancers before. Officially they don't exist. Anyone who's big and bad enough to remain independent is going to be hard to handle, and Bob's not too sure that the one-week 'people management' course he was sent on in Milton Keynes is going to be enough . . .

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The Curve of the Earth

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