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Wastelands: The New Apocalypse Kindle Edition
“These stories are entertaining and action-packed; clever, creative, and sometimes even a little bit funny. It may be ironic to use the worst disasters we can imagine as a platform for escapism, but, as the Wastelands series shows, the apocalypse is one hell of an opportunity.” - Tor.com
“As the editor of several apocalypse-themed anthologies...Adams has selected some of the best apocalyptic fiction to found anywhere. His brand-new follow-on in the Wastelands series, The New Apocalypse, continues this tradition.” - Kirkus Reviews
“Titan and Adams have masterfully crafted a compendium of truly amazing tales that will shock you, thrill you, chill you, and leave you feeling surprisingly good about, of all things, the end of the world.” - The Bookish Beth
“Highly recommended!” - Rising Shadow
About the Author
- ASIN : B07H712YL6
- Publisher : Titan Books (June 4, 2019)
- Publication date : June 4, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2028 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 498 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,677 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Bullet Point," Elizabeth Bear, the opening story. I've read elsewhere that this is a bit of a refutation to Harlan Ellison's "A Boy and His Dog," with the protagonist's quick and brutal rejection of the standard we're-the-last-two-humans-on-earth-and-we-have-to-reproduce nonsense. (I wonder why none of the men spouting this bullshit stops to think about the inevitable consequences of inbreeding.) Yes, there is a dog, and no, the dog doesn't die. This story is interesting because the only explanation given for the apocalypse--apparently everybody on Earth just up and disappears--is, possibly, the Rapture.
"The Elephants' Crematorium," Timothy Mudie. One of my favorite stories in the book, this is a lovely, lyrical tale about the elephants' despair after the apocalypse, and their immolating themselves because of it, until one pregnant woman shows them there is life and hope.
"Echo," Veronica Roth. The best story in the book, in my opinion, is this tale of Synthetic Intelligent Life Forms versus humans, and a young woman whose life was saved by those same "sylphs" deciding where her true loyalties lie.
"Polly Wanna Cracker?" Greg Van Eekhout. This is a nasty, sly subversion of the apocalyptic-survivor-mutant cliche, told from the point of view of a flock of parrots (probably African grays, I would imagine) generations after the nuclear war. It's also a reminder that large flightless birds are badass mofos.
"So Sharp, So Bright, So Final," Seanan McGuire. McGuire, with her love of medical apocalypses, digs up another one: a mutating rabies virus that becomes airborne.
"The Air is Chalk," Richard Kadrey. This one is downright weird, even for an anthology of this type, full of gore and body horror, and an anti-hero protagonist who most definitely gets what's coming to him.
The rest of the stories are of generally even quality, with only one or two I didn't like. I suppose one could say that, overall, this anthology is pretty depressing, which is only natural given its subject matter. But there are occasional flashes of hope, and this is a reminder of how stubborn and resilient human beings can be. You probably have to be in a certain state of mind to enjoy this, but it's worth the read.
Top reviews from other countries
The first edition of Wastelands was a collection of 22 tales premised thinly on hope. The second instalment is arguably about new beginnings because let's face it, the apocalypse changes everything. It held 30 tales exploring every manner of plague, natural disaster, military mess, terrorist threat and more.
This collection shoots for literary glory and leaves behind comic gory. I have a bias towards zombie tales. In the early years of this century, I read everything I could find. For the shortest of times, I felt like I knew a secret many did not. That I was an insider or the only guy who knew to read J.L. Bourne novels.
Then the world was let it and got The Walking Dead in print and television. The latter so utterly frustrating, it was a turnoff. The angst of the characters was exhausting and terribly acted by the entire cast (sorry, I said it). The rediscovery of Atwood and the success of Whitehead suggested that apocalyptic fiction should only be tony literature.
That is how we ended up with this third analogy. From hope to new beginnings, now we have tortured guilt. Thirty-six dark stories to be exact. Over wrought dark, not the blackness of circumstances or of fallible human decisions. Just good old Rick and Laura Grimes contemplative hands-on-hips, heads held low; boring, overly constructive analysis and conversation.
Beyond this prolonged angst, we are presented with genre bending efforts that stray to fantasy like S.M. Stirling medieval times outings. Gone are The Stands, The Roads, and the Swan Songs. Where is The Last Ship, Blindness, or The War of the Worlds? These were all appropriately blunt and surprisingly clever.
Two popular authors made contributions. Mayberry’s was a refreshing old school entry. A sniper. Taut, fast tale. Yet, still immersive in atmosphere. Sigler provides a marketing tease for a series of novels. A move bound to lose advocates.
The Elephant’s Crematorium and Through Sparks in Morning’s Dawn are demonstrations of my thesis. Bones of Gossamer, Cannibal Acts, Snow, and The Eyes of the Flood are decent. The Plague, One Day Only, and Black, Their Regalia will give you viruses, if you get me drift.
More miss than hit in these pages. Stick to the classics or the first two anthologies.