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Apocalypse Alley


For those of you who like the distinctive taste of fallout in your word nourishment, try scavenging through the devastation of this definitive collection. There is sure to be something for every connoisseur of the cataclysm. Whether it's plagues, comets, nuclear war, zombies, mutant plants, or the inexplicable, the apocalypse and its afterglow are sure to stimulate.

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Oryx and Crake
Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Atwood
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Reading a dystopian novel that so closely matches the current political and cultural situation seems like an exercise in depression, yet part of the truly visceral response to this novel seems due to the realization that it could so easily happen in... (read more)

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The Stand
The Stand
by Stephen King
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This book made me so paranoid about catching the "superflu" that I was afraid to ride a bus or be any place where I couldn't escape from someone's sneeze or cough.... (read more)

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Dies the Fire
Dies the Fire
by S. M. Stirling
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A Tolkien-obsessed pre-teen, a pilot, a Wiccan priestess, the Eaters (nope, no hints), and the Protector: all come together in the aftermath of an event not unlike a massive electromagnetic pulse, which has caused a complete failure of all technology... (read more)

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The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
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Partial spoiler: the part with the cannibals comes out of nowhere and is utterly terrifying. I had planned to get out of bed and brush my teeth before going to sleep that night, but once I had read that part of the book, I was just too scared (to my... (read more)

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The Postman (Bantam Classics)
The Postman (Bantam Classics)
by David Brin
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Gordon is a wanderer who trades tales for food and shelter. When someone gives him an old postal worker's jacket, he gains strength from it, and the inspiration for another tale.... (read more)

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Blindness
Blindness
by Jose Saramago
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In Blindness, a city is overcome by an epidemic of blindness that spares only one woman. She becomes a guide for a group of seven strangers and serves as the eyes and ears for the reader in this profound parable of loss and disorientation. We return to... (read more)

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A Canticle for Leibowitz
A Canticle for Leibowitz
by Walter M. Miller Jr.
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Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of twentieth-century... (read more)

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Alas, Babylon (Perennial Classics)
Alas, Babylon (Perennial Classics)
by Pat Frank
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"Alas, Babylon." Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in... (read more)

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I Am Legend
I Am Legend
by Richard Matheson
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Robert Neville may well be the last living man on Earth . . . but he is not alone.  An incurable plague has mutated every other man, woman, and child into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures who are determined to destroy him. By day, he is a... (read more)

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One Second After
One Second After
by William R. Forstchen
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In the latest survivalist thriller from founder of survivalblog.com and New York Times bestselling author James Wesley, Rawles, two expat families struggle for their very survival in the midst of a global economic collapse. When the United States suffers... (read more)

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Lucifer's Hammer
Lucifer's Hammer
by Larry Niven
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Earth Abides
Earth Abides
by George R. Stewart
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A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without... (read more)

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When Worlds Collide (Bison Frontiers of Imagination)
When Worlds Collide (Bison Frontiers of Imagination)
by Philip Wylie
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A runaway planet hurtles toward the earth. As it draws near, massive tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions wrack our planet, devastating continents, drowning cities, and wiping out millions. In central North America, a team of scientists race... (read more)

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The Scarlet Plague (Modern Voices)
The Scarlet Plague (Modern Voices)
by Jack London
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An old man walks along deserted railway tracks, long since unused and overgrown; beside him a young, feral boy helps him along. It has been 60 years since the great Red Death wiped out mankind, and the handful of survivors from all walks of life have... (read more)

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Monster Island: A Zombie Novel
Monster Island: A Zombie Novel
by David Wellington
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What if some zombies retained their awareness and personality? What if they found that they were connected through a unified field and found that they had special powers? Find out what the world looks like through the decaying eyes and fetid shoes of the... (read more)

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The World without Us
The World without Us
by Alan Weisman
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A penetrating, page-turning tour of a post-human Earth   In The World Without Us, Alan Weisman offers an utterly original approach to questions of humanity's impact on the planet: he asks us to envision our Earth, without us.In this far... (read more)

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The Day of the Triffids (Modern Library 20th Century Rediscovery)
The Day of the Triffids (Modern Library 20th Century Rediscovery)
by John Wyndham
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In 1951 John Wyndham published his novel The Day of the Triffids to moderate acclaim. Fifty-two years later, this horrifying story is a science fiction classic, touted by The Times (London) as having “all the reality of a vividly realized nightmare.... (read more)

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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
by Max Brooks
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Maybe the best thing about the zombie's return to popularity is that, by nature, you can't "spin" them into being sensitive, tortured souls: They're dead, they crave human flesh, end of story. Using the maxim "Don't fix what ain't broken," Max Brooks... (read more)

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