Posts Tagged ‘Post-apocalypse’

There’s the story, then there’s the real story, then there’s the story of how the story came to be told. Then there’s what you leave out of the story. Which is part of the story too. MaddAddam is the final book in Margaret Atwood’s post-apocalyptic trilogy, following Oryx and Crake and The Year of the […]


The government shutdown has put me in the mood for a good apocalypse! So I present a required reading list for the apocalypse. How many have you read? This top 10 list of apocalyptic fiction — that is, fiction that takes place during or after the collapse of human civilization — is based on a […]


The children were playing while Holston climbed to his death; he could hear them squealing as only happy children do. The Wool books, collected here in one issue, are clearly a product of the new age we’re living in. They were originally¬†self-published as a series of e-books, heavily marketed on Amazon toward Kindle users. Because […]


It goes by many names: “The Crisis,” “The Dark Years,” “The Walking Plague,” as well as newer and more “hip” titles such as “World War Z” or “Z War One.” I have always been skeptical of zombie books, as I think zombies are one monster better suited to the screen. Their sheer numbers and relentlessness […]


Give people hope, and you could make them do just about anything. And not just your average, everyday kind of hope–for food or clothes or the absence of pain or good suburban schools or low down payments with easy financing. What people needed was a hope beyond the visible world, the world of the body […]


As I wrote recently, I have been thinking a lot about genre as I have undergone a massive project to reclassify and catalogue my books on LibraryThing. That project is pretty much done (I hope), and out of it emerged a genre classification system that suits me very well. My thinking has evolved since I […]


Before she became the Girl from Nowhere–the One Who Walked In, the First and Last and Only, who lived a thousand years–she was just a little girl in Iowa, named Amy. Amy Harper Bellafonte. Our fascination with vampires never seems to abate. Ten years ago, I was watching Buffy stake them on TV. Now I […]



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