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Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm.
But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild.
THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories.
Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, The Apocalypse Triptych is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME explores life after the apocalypse.
THE END IS NIGH is about the match. THE END HAS COME is about what will rise from the ashes. THE END IS NOW is about the conflagration.
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THE END IS NOW table of contents: INTRODUCTION by John Joseph Adams | HERD IMMUNITY by Tananarive Due | THE SIXTH DAY OF DEER CAMP by Scott Sigler | GOODNIGHT STARS by Annie Bellet | ROCK MANNING CAN’T HEAR YOU by Charlie Jane Anders | FRUITING BODIES by Seanan McGuire | BLACK MONDAY by Sarah Langan | ANGELS OF THE APOCALYPSE by Nancy Kress | AGENT ISOLATED by David Wellington | THE GODS WILL NOT BE SLAIN by Ken Liu | YOU’VE NEVER SEEN EVERYTHING by Elizabeth Bear | BRING THEM DOWN by Ben H. Winters | TWILIGHT OF THE MUSIC MACHINES by Megan Arkenberg | SUNSET HOLLOW by Jonathan Maberry | PENANCE by Jake Kerr | AVTOMAT by Daniel H. Wilson | DANCING WITH BATGIRL IN THE LAND OF NOD by Will McIntosh | BY THE HAIR OF THE MOON by Jamie Ford | TO WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD by Desirina Boskovich | IN THE MOUNTAIN by Hugh Howey | DEAR JOHN by Robin Wasserman.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00ISD4A3O
- Publisher : Broad Reach Publishing (September 1, 2014)
- Publication date : September 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1306 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #270,648 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The best of these stories are those that continue the thread from Book One. Not all stories follow the same characters, but are recognizable by their apocalypse and references or relation to characters from Book One. There are a few standalone stories that are very good, like Avtomat, by Daniel H. Wilson, and some that come to a conclusion too soon, like Seanan McGuire's Spores story (though I'm hopeful that her story written as Mira Grant in book three actually IS a continuation of the story).
The types of apocalypsi (?) are wonderfully varied, and some are introductory material to more lengthy works, like David Wellington's prequel stories that lead up to his book, Positive: A Novel , and Daniel H. Wilson's, Avtomat. And with all great anthologies, there are so many intriguing storytelling methods and writers that I find myself endlessly intrigued by new authors that I don't know much about.
Book Two keeps a great thing going, and though there is slight deviation from the central theme with a few stories, it is really not very noticeable. Specifically, some of the stories seem to be "during the apocalypse" only by virtue of their story being after the first in the series, rather than truly happening in the middle of their apocalypse. And that's really the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars.
I purchased this first book and greatly enjoyed most of the stories and looked forward to the before, during, and after of end of world short stories. I have been reading SciFi most my life and these fit in well. After completing this first volume I purchase the second, "The End is Now", and immediately discovered that I had gotten stale on what the first story in each series was about. After reading approx 20 stores in the first volume you will be somewhat challenged to remember the details when you begin the second volume. To overcome this issue I purchased volume 3, "The End Has Come", and my plan was to read a story in volume 2 then immediately switch to that same author in volume 3 for continuity. This works pretty well but required me to purchase both volumes, maybe a devious motive of the author John Adams to increase sales revenue.
I do have one complaint though. A couple of the stories in volumes 1 and 2 are missing from volume 3! Very frustrating to read the first 2 only to find the conclusion missing. Be forewarned. My suggestion to the authors would be to include all three "chapters" of each story in 1 volume and if the reader likes the content, they can purchase the second or third group of stories. I probably will not purchase any additional series broken up in this manner and prefer 1 Kindle book for 1 story.
Of the 20 authors in this volume, 18 of them had stories in Volume 1. One thing that surprised me was that most of the follow up stories contained a different set of characters and told a different story rather than an immediate continuation from the previous story by that author. Therefore, most of the stories from either volume can be read as stand-alones.
I liked 11 of the 20 stories so I consider this a good collection, especially if you like apocalyptic science fiction.
Top reviews from other countries
Still... Very highly recommended. Bring on the final volume!