Re: best post-apocalyptic novels?
- Haven't been here in ages, but happened to stop by tonight and this
caught my eye because we had a recent thread on post-apocalyptic
ficton on another BB and because I was reading the sample chapters
for Steve Stirling's new book last night ...
Thanks for mentioning *Shreds of Humanity*; I've added it to my want-
I would put Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong and Laurell K. Hamilton in
Supernatural Fantasy. While post-apolcalyptic may sometimes have
horror/fantasy elements (like Robert McCammon's *Swan Song*), it's
usually pure science fiction.
You've probably read the classics: *Earth Abides* -- George R.
Stewart , *Daybreak 2250 A.D.* -- Andre Norton ; *The
Long Tomorrow* -- Leigh Brackett , *The Chrysalids* -- John
Wyndham [1955}, *Alas, Babylon* -- Pat Frank , *A Boy and His
Dog* -- Harlan Ellison .
Since you enjoyed *Hammerfall* so much, you should definitely read
another Niven/Pournelle collaboration: *Footfall*.
Two more authors I'm sure you'll enjoy are S.M. Stirling and Sean
McMullen. Stirling's series started with *Dies the Fire* in 2004 &
*The Lord Protector's War* in 2005, and continues with *A Meeting at
Corvallis* this fall. After "The Change", electricity and fast
combustion (gunpowder) no longer work ... McMullen's trilogy,
*Souls in the Great Machine*, *The Miocene Arrow* and *Eyes of the
Calculor*, has a truly original disaster! "The Call" takes over the
minds of all large mammals and forces them to walk toward the sea,
either dying of exhaustion on the way or finally throwing themselves
in ... Humans survived in callhavens where it did not reach, and have
spread back into areas where the call comes once or twice a day ...
I also recommend *Dammnation Alley* -- Roger Zelazny and *The
Postman* -- David Brin (both much better than the movies!); *A Gift
Upon the Shore* -- M.K. Wren, *Parable of the Sower* -- Octavia
Butler, *No Blade of Grass* -- John Christopher, *Bone Dance* -- Emma
Bull, *Dinner at Deviant's Palace* -- Tim Powers and *Walk to the End
of the World* -- Suzy McKee Charnas
As you can tell, I also like talking about books, especially SF and
Bee in Toronto
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>> I guess now that I finished Shreds of Humanity, I have to place itat the top of my favorites but sort of in an equal billing with
Lucifer's Hammer ... the Hammer dwells more on the direct
geographical effects and the stories of how people escape from LA.
In both novels, the most interesting part to me is how the survivors
manage to find food, shelter, protect themselves and form groups that
plan for the new future ... up. Sorry to go on, I just like talking
about books. -Art