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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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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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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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Lucifer's Hammer
Lucifer's Hammer
by Larry Niven
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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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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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Eternity Road
Eternity Road
by Jack Mcdevitt
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When Karik Endine's expedition sets out to find the hidden sanctuary called Haven, no one believes he will return. The Roadmakers, the old people from before the 21st-Century Plague, left only ruins behind. However, Karik does return but alone, all of... (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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How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times
How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times
by James Wesley Rawles
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Read James Wesley, Rawles's posts on the Penguin Blog In the vein of Sam Sheridan's The Disaster Diaries, a comprehensive guide to preparing for the apocalypse!  With the recent economic crisis, formerly unimaginable scenarios have become... (read more)

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Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse
by John Joseph Adams
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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... (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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Spin
Spin
by Robert Charles Wilson
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Spin is Robert Charles Wilson's Hugo Award-winning masterpiece—a stunning combination of a galactic "what if" and a small-scale, very human story. One night in October when he was ten years old, Tyler Dupree stood in his back yard and... (read more)

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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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The Strain (Strain Trilogy #1)
The Strain (Strain Trilogy #1)
by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
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This first volume of a new trilogy achieves the impact of early Stephen King: it grabs you with sheer storytelling bravado, pulling you into one riveting sequence after the next. Don't wait for the movie — the real thrills are on the page!... (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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Walking Dead #01
Walking Dead #01
by Robert Kirkman
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Like zombies? This is the graphic novel for you. Don't like zombies? This is still the graphic novel for you. The story drives this tale of survival horror. How would people act in the face of a real zombie epidemic? What would you do? This graphic novel... (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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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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Wild Shore (95 Edition)
Wild Shore (95 Edition)
by Kim Stanley Robinson
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2047: For the small Pacific Coast community of San Onofre, life in the aftermath of a devastating nuclear attack is a matter of survival, a day-to-day struggle to stay alive. But young Hank Fletcher dreams of the world that might have been, and might yet... (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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