Wastelands by John Joseph Adams audiobook

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse

Edited by John Joseph Adams
Stories by Octavia E. Butler , George R. R. Martin , Orson Scott Card , Stephen King , Jonathan Lethem , Gene Wolfe , and others
Read by various narrators

Skyboat Media 9781597801058
16.97 Hours Unabridged
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Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence—the Four Horsemen of theApocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon—these are our guides through theWastelands. From the Book of Revelation to The Road Warrior, from A Canticle for Leibowitz to The Road, storytellershave long imagined the end of the world, weaving eschatological tales ofcatastrophe, chaos, and calamity. In doing so, these visionary authors haveaddressed one of the most challenging and enduring themes of imaginativefiction: the nature of life in the aftermath of total societal collapse. Gathering together the best postapocalyptic literature ofthe last two decades from many of today’s most renowned authors of speculativefiction—including George R. R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, CarolEmshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King—Wastelands exploresthe scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means toremain human in the wake of Armageddon. Whether the end of the world comesthrough nuclear war, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm, these aretales of survivors, in some cases struggling to rebuild the society that was,in others, merely surviving, scrounging for food in depopulated ruins anddefending themselves against monsters, mutants, and marauders. Wastelands delves into this bleak landscape,uncovering the raw human emotion and heart-pounding thrills at the genre’score.

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Summary

Summary

Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence—the Four Horsemen of theApocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon—these are our guides through theWastelands.

From the Book of Revelation to The Road Warrior, from A Canticle for Leibowitz to The Road, storytellershave long imagined the end of the world, weaving eschatological tales ofcatastrophe, chaos, and calamity. In doing so, these visionary authors haveaddressed one of the most challenging and enduring themes of imaginativefiction: the nature of life in the aftermath of total societal collapse.

Gathering together the best postapocalyptic literature ofthe last two decades from many of today’s most renowned authors of speculativefiction—including George R. R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, CarolEmshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King—Wastelands exploresthe scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means toremain human in the wake of Armageddon. Whether the end of the world comesthrough nuclear war, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm, these aretales of survivors, in some cases struggling to rebuild the society that was,in others, merely surviving, scrounging for food in depopulated ruins anddefending themselves against monsters, mutants, and marauders.

Wastelands delves into this bleak landscape,uncovering the raw human emotion and heart-pounding thrills at the genre’score.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This harrowing reprint anthology of twenty-two apocalyptic tales reflects the stresses of contemporary international politics, with more than half published since 2000. All depict unsettling societal, physical, and psychological adaptations their authors postulate as necessary for survival after the end of the world. Keynoted by Stephen King’s “The End of the Whole Mess,” the volume’s common denominator is hubris: that tragic human proclivity for placing oneself at the center of the universe, and each story uniquely traces the results.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The end of the world never sounded so engaging and interesting as it does in this audio production. With an all-star cast of narrators, it provides hours of listening for those looking to settle in to a story of the apocalypse. With some two dozen tales, this anthology proves an entertaining, if dark, listen. The works range from tragic to silly, but each provides a rich and vibrant vision of life after the world ends. Though the production has many narrators, Stefan Rudnicki delivers the largest share of the stories, and his deep and gravelly voice proves perfect for an imaginative look at the future.” AudioFile
“The twenty-two stories in this end-of-days anthology run the gamut from nuclear devastation to environmental debacle to the Second Coming…This title belongs in most sf or short fiction collections.” Library Journal
“A well-chosen selection of well-crafted stories, offering something to please nearly every postapocalyptic palate.” Booklist
“I can’t help but give this collection the highest recommendation. I think this will be a cornerstone for most readers’ shelves.” SFFWorld.com

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 16.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English