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smackmac
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I'm looking for titles of post-apocalyptic books. These are probably my favorite genre of book.

I've read the standards: "The Stand," "Swan Song," "Lucifer's Hammer," "Alas Babylon," "New Madrid Run," "On the Beach" and some others. I'm really interested in more.

I'm not particularly interested in religious themed ones, like the "Left Behind" series, or the one I just got from Booksfree, "The Silence." Some fantasy and/or supernatural elements are fine.

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd greatly appreciate them! Thanks!

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How about Riddley Walker?

Or maybe A Canticle for Leibowitz?

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The Last Ship by William Brinkley. The crew of a US Navy destroyer finds themselves alone after a nuclear war.

Earth Abides by George R. Stewert. The classic ecological end of the world story.

Eternity Road by Jack McDevitt.

On the Beach by Nevil Shute.

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Christie
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Z for Zachariah by Robert C, O'Brien.

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My suggestions are:

Ill Wind by Anderson and Beason

Vanishing Point by Michaela Roessner

Out of the two Vanishing Point is probably the better book.

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Mr. Billion
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Hmmm... I guess I actually haven't read that much of this genre. 1984 might sort-of fit, although it takes place long after the world as we knew it had come to an end and been taken over by totalitarian governments. And you've almost certainly already read it.

Childhood's End by Arthur Clarke involves something like the end of the world and what happens after, although it's also probably not quite in the post-apocalyptic genre. Excellent book, though.

The Books of Swords by Fred Saberhagen are a series of commendable fantasy novels that take place long after the world as we know it has ended after a nuclear war and "magic has returned to the world." The technology and culture of the past are remembered as belonging to "the Old Ones," or something like that.

Hmmm... The Planet of the Apes series?

That's all I've got.

ETA: Other possibilities: The Handmaiden's Tale? Logan's Run? I haven't read them, but from what I've heard they're pretty good and seem to fit the genre.

ETA: "after a nuclear war" to the note on Saberhagen's books.

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UrbanReindeer
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My favorite book of all time The Gate To Women's Country by Sheri S. Tepper.

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Jenn
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There a short YA one called The Last War by Martyn Godfrey.

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Owl Boy
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One excellent PA book is The "Third Pandemic" which has a long sequence about life in contemporary Seattle after a great plague. A super criminal named Harvey (NOT the rabbit) controls crime and the city from the Space Needle.

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Owl Boy
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"Day of the Triffids" is a great PA as the sighted survivors of giant walking plant attacks struggle to live in their decimated world. (Even without the help of Round Up.)

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"Day of the Triffids." My all time favorite cheezy movie. Both versions!

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My very first PA book (and still a favorite) was Andre Norton's "Star Man's Son" (renamed "Daybreak - 2250 AD" when it was reprinted). Hmmm, maybe it's time to find that one again.

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glisp42
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Well, I was going to suggest Taronga by Victor Kelleher but it seems you can't get it in the States. It's set in Australia 2 years after nuclear war.

In the YA vein there's The Tripods Trilogy by John Christopher.

Not sure if this qualifies, but Steel Beach by John Varley takes place on the moon after humans have been forced off of Earth by invaders.

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Em
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I remember liking Z for Zachariah by Robert O'Brien, Isobel Carmody's Obernewtyn(sp?) series and Devil on my back by Monica Hughes as a child. I also remember The lake at the end of the world by Caroline Macdonald, but I can't recall if I enjoyed it or not.

Ooh! Almost forgot... Where late the sweet birds sang by Kate Wilhelm, a favorite for many years, and the Xenogenesis trilogy by Octavia Butler, although that's not actually set on Earth as such.

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christmas tree kitapper
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This Time of Darkness by H M Hoover. YA, but good.

Children of Morrow, another YA by H M Hoover.

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Yleemjseg
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This isn't a novel, but i really enjoyed this.

Great for Apocalypse fans.

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Cleetus Awrightus-Awreetus
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This is the Way the World Ends by Christopher Morrow

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Sandman
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Hmmm....I like most of the ones already mentioned, but how about:

Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard. (Yeah, I know the dude was a freak, and the movie was the film equivelent of having a colonoscopy in a Russian clinic by a woman named "Olga" with hands the size of canned hams, but the book is actually really good.)

Lucifer's Hammer by the great Larry Niven and Jerry Pournel.

E. E. Knight has an interesting series out set in a post-alien/vampire invaded earth. The first one is called "Way of the Wolf" I believe. Popcorn fiction, but enjoyable.

I Am Legend by the legendary Richard Matheson.


For others, try this site, it's dedicated to PA fiction of all kinds:

http://www.emptyworld.info/book_index.html

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Astra
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It's been a long time since I read this, and it gets a little cheesy in parts, but it still had an interesting spin on things in a crumbling America plagued by racism, among other problems. It's basically the post-apocalyptic version of a beach book, so don't go in expecting "The Stand" or anything.

Aftermath, by LeVar Burton

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Finite Fourier Alchemy
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For the OP I would suggest Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, which made a 13 hour flight quite bearable.

Astra, you forgot to say "Of course, you don't have to take my word for it." Without that, I might accidentally take your word for it.

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smackmac
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Thanks so much for all the suggestions! Amazon will be happy to see me coming! [Smile]

Thanks, Sandman, for the link. Once I finish everyone's suggestions, I'll try those out.

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christmas tree kitapper
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Almost forgot A.M. Lightner's Day of the Drones.

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Astra
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quote:
Originally posted by Finite Fourier Alchemy:
Astra, you forgot to say "Of course, you don't have to take my word for it." Without that, I might accidentally take your word for it.

Bwahaha! Now I have the mental image of him trying to plug his book on Reading Rainbow...

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DAnnino
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Eternity Road is a great book. And it would make a fine movie. Also, another Pournelle and Niven book that is sort of post-apocalyptic is Footfall. I especially like the fact that the invading aliens resemble wooly mammoths.

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Em
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An invasion force made up of baby elephants riding paper aeroplanes. [lol] I always have that image stuck in my head for a week or two after reading Footfall.

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Owl Boy
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O.T. Nelson's "The Girl Who Owned A City" is a classic YA PA

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...And Call Me Conrad aka This Immortal by Roger Zelazney definitely belongs on your list.

Seaboe

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I'm surprised that this didn't make it to the list, Terry Brooks' Shannara Series. SO made the point when he was going on about Armageddon's Children that the whole series is post-apocalyptic.

ETA: Chiming in on some of the other suggestions:

Earth Abides - This one is a must. I can't even being to count the number of times I've bought and lent out this book. It's worth it.

Day of the Drones I remember reading this in high school. The only copies you'll find are used, unless they've reprinted it again.

Aftermathp/i] - It's an interesting read, but you're better off finding it in a library than buying it.

[i]Children of the Dust
- Another book that can only be found used. A very interesting read.

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Maybe it is because the Shannara series is post-Apocalyptic on another world? It has been awhile since I read them, but IMS, they were set on not-Earth. To me, PA is set on Earth or on planets or colonies setup by Earth-descended humans and deals with the aftermath of the destruction (or near-destruction) of Earth.

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Edmund Cooper wrote some pretty good post-apocalyptic sci-fi, my favourite would be The Cloud Walker, but All Fools' Day is also very good.

And I can't believe that Farnham's Freehold hasn't got a mention yet given the amount of snopesters who are Heinlein fans.

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quote:
Originally posted by GenYus:
Maybe it is because the Shannara series is post-Apocalyptic on another world? It has been awhile since I read them, but IMS, they were set on not-Earth. To me, PA is set on Earth or on planets or colonies setup by Earth-descended humans and deals with the aftermath of the destruction (or near-destruction) of Earth.

I thought the same thing - magic, can't be on this world, and that's what threw me. But after reading Armageddon's Children (a good use of my Labor Day weekend, heh), I think that Brooks purposely made it feel that way. The whole story could be on just about any world, not just ours.

Also, my view of PA was that it didn't necessarily have to be on Earth. It could be any planet that has intelligent life and is facing extinction/destruction by either the hand of man (nuclear war or other means, including pollution) or by nature itself.

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The Stand's pretty good.
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I don't know if these ones are quite post-apocalyptic but I like The Secret Under My Skin and The Chrysalids

Also to a lesser extent, The Giver and its sequels.

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"Dark Advent" By Brian Hodge
"Afterage" by Yvonne Navarro
"Wet Work" by Phillip Nutman

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I'll third the recommendation for Earth Abides. Very great novel.

Can someone help me remember the title of a novel I read years ago. The Earth somehow splits into two alternative universes; Only women exist on the one Earth, only men on the other. The novel deals with how each gender copes without the help of the other. (Guess who copes better. Go on. Guess. [Big Grin] )

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