Wastelands by John Joseph Adams
Stories of the Apocalypse

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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.

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John Joseph Adams, called "the reigning king of the anthology world" by Barnes & Noble.com, is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom, Armored, Lightspeed: Year One, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, The Living Dead 2, By Blood We Live, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and The Way of the Wizard. He is a two-time finalist for the Hugo Award and a three-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award. He is also the editor and publisher of Lightspeed magazine, and is the co-host of The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Forthcoming anthologies include Epic (Tachyon, Fall 2012) and The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination (Tor Books, 2013). Find him online at johnjosephadams.com and on Twitter @johnjosephadams.
Published January 1, 2008 by Night Shade Books. 353 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Monsters and Critics

After all, in the throw-down, bone-breaking world of professional literary criticism, everyone wants to be the first to signal a book's greatness--or, likewise, to trumpet a book's sins to the multitudes.

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Grasping For The Wind

Most of the other stories in the volume look at what happens after the world ends, but King writes with his exceptional prose the tale of the end through the catalyst of that end.

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I'd written an article on post-apocalyptic SF for The Internet Review of Science Fiction a couple years ago, so I'd done a huge amount of research and reading into the sub-genre, and so already had a lot of stories in mind when I decided to put the anthology together.

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